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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-23

Awareness and usage of sports and energy drinks among university students: A pilot study in Turkey

1 Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Istanbul Aydin University, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey

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Dr. Indrani Kalkan
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Istanbul Aydin University, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bjhs.bjhs_4_18

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BACKGROUND: Sports and energy drinks are progressively gaining popularity among the young population for variable reasons such as improving performance and boosting energy and alertness, owing to the presence of stimulants such as caffeine and guarana. In spite of its increased consumption, lack of adequate knowledge exists regarding the intended use of these drinks. Recent studies have reported negative health outcomes of some of the sports and energy drink components. OBJECTIVE: This pilot study investigated the intentions of a group of university students regarding sports and energy drink usage, their consumption status, and awareness regarding effects of these drinks on health. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was conducted on 194 university students aged 20.52 ± 1.76 years, between September 2016 and February 2017. A questionnaire was administered enquiring physical activity level and knowledge of energy and sports drinks. RESULTS: Of the participants, 5.2% were found to be regular users of sports beverage and 6.7% of energy drinks. Most of the participants (90.2%) were confused between concepts of sports and energy drinks. Health problems such as insomnia, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, abdominal pain, and diarrhea were reported by energy drink users, in particular. CONCLUSION: Young people need to be informed about sports and energy drinks and their potential damages.

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