Is Prime Hydration drink safe for kids? How suitable is it and is there an age limit for Prime Energy?
Prime Hydration is popular with children and young people due to it being the brainchild of YouTubers Logan Paul and KSI
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Parents have been warned over Prime Energy after a pupil suffered a ‘cardiac episode’ having drank a bottle.
The high profile beverage is particularly popular with children and young people owing to it being the brainchild of YouTubers Logan Paul and KSI. If you have kids or younger relatives, you might have seen them carrying the brightly coloured bottles.
Aldi restocked the drink this week, even adding the limited edition orange and mango versions. But shoppers were restricted in how much Prime they could buy, with limits placed on shoppers' purchase power.
Prime comes in two varities Hydration and Energy, as well as a range of flavours including limited edition ones. Supermarkets across the country have started to sell it, sparking huge queues and limits on the number of bottles that can be bought at a time.
But is Prime Hydration and Prime Energy safe for children? Here’s all you need to know:
Is Prime safe for children?
The popular drink comes in two variations and a number of flavours. The most common and popular is Prime Hydration, which is being sold in supermarkets across the UK.
A second version, Prime Energy - which is an energy drink - is also available, but it comes with a warning that it is not suitable for people aged under 18 or pregnant people.
Due to Prime Energy containing caffeine, The Conversation report that because metabolism is slowed during pregnancy it means that a fetus could be exposed to caffeine for longer. Children also have limited ability to break down caffeine with studies showing “higher intakes increase the risk of heart problems, such as heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath and fainting”.
As a result Prime Energy has been “banned” from some schools in Australia.
Prime Hydration does not contain caffeine, however The Conversation reports that the drink contains branch chain amino acids and “there has been no testing of these supplements in children under 18 years, so there is no guarantee of their safety”.
Milton Primary School in Newport, Gwent has warned parents of the ‘potential harmful effects’ of Prime Energy, which contains 140mg of caffeine, which is almost a fifth of the 30mg found in a can of Red Bull. A schoolchild suffered a 'cardiac episode' after drinking a can.
The school reportedly told parents: “This morning a parent has reported that their child has had a cardiac episode over the weekend after drinking a Prime energy drink. The child had to have their stomach pumped and although better now the parent wanted us to share this as a reminder of the potential harmful effects.”
How old do you have to be to buy Prime?
There is no age restriction on Prime Hydration as it does not contain caffeine. Children are able to purchase bottles of the drink, which has become increasingly popular.
However Prime Energy has an age limit of 18, this is due to it containing caffeine. It is available for purchase from Amazon in the UK.