Energy drinks linked to Aussie teens and dental concerns

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According to a recent report from the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, the energy drink is the most popular sugary drink consumed by Australian teenagers.

These next-generation energy drinks have been more strongly linked to dental problems than that of traditional soft drinks.

Dr Gerhard Sundborn from the University of Auckland joins Lisa Owen on The Long Lunch to discuss how the latest report relates to habits in New Zealand.

Dr Sundborn explains that these drinks might be perceived as a healthier option, particularly with the buzzword “energy” linked to healthy activities like sports.  

Our populations are continuing to drink more sugar as time goes on.

He explains that when sports teams are sponsored by such energy drinks, it’s an easy marketing tactic to get youngsters on-board.

“Marketing has a very strong impact on these sales,” Dr Sundborn says.

Listen to the full interview with Dr Gerhard Sundborn above.

Lisa Owen, filling in on Afternoon Talk for Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.