It has an increasing community interest in the growth of energy drinks, sports drinks, soft drinks, and flavored waters due to the escalating consumption by children and young people. Americans consume over 50 gallons per person per year,
Surpassing all other beverages including coffee, milk, alcohol, and bottled water. The largest increase in energy drinks consumption has occurred among children and adolescents. Twenty two percent of one and two year old children consume energy drinks with an average of nearly one cup per day. Vending machines have contributed to the extensive increase in energy drinks consumption and are now the largest source of added sugars in the U.S. Because of concern with obesity and weight gain, diet energy drinks were developed.
These drinks have been marketed as sugar free drinks. They use artificial sweeteners to reduce their caloric content. However, these drinks still have a low, acidic pH, and studies have shown their erosive potential to be nearly equal to their sugary counterparts.
Also, with diet soda drinks, there appears to be a return occurrence whereby having consumed a diet drink the body anticipates an intake of calories, which is not forth coming. There is a broad perception among consumers that fruit flavored water drinks are mostly water with delicate flavoring. The flavoring of these drinks, however, normally includes citric acid and other fruit-derived acids. In comparison with effervescent energy drinks, flavored water drinks are considered as acidic drinks to a certain extent than water with flavor.