What You Need to Know About Energy Drinks

I posted an article recently on our Facebook page about the dangers of energy drinks.  Since then it has come to light that several deaths and many illnesses have been associated with these highly popular drinks.  Let’s take a look at some of the dangers of these drinks.

In every convenience store, grocery store, and gas station in America we see the colorful and heavily marketed energy drinks.  But what else should we know about them……?   The energy drink “5 Hour Energy” has been linked to 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations as well as 92 other reports of people becoming sick after using the product.  5 Hour Energy sells their product as a nutritional supplement, therefore they have to report such findings to the FDA.  Keep in mind that these reports don’t prove that the deaths and sicknesses are definitively caused by the drinks.  There is a investigative process that must take place in order to get the clear picture.  However these reports do make us stop and pause about what is going on.

Another popular brand “Monster Energy” also had deaths linked to their product.  Five deaths and scores of others needing emergency medical attention.

So what is causing the problems?

One thought is the caffeine levels in these drinks are so much that people don’t realize they shouldn’t drink multiple drinks per day.  5 Hour Energy has about 215 milligrams of caffeine whereas an 8 oz cup of coffee has anywhere from 100 – 165 milligrams of coffee.  A maximum recommended dose for healthy adults is 400 milligrams per day.   Depending on the person, taking on too much caffeine could result in unstable heart rhythm and or seizures.

The lesson here is to be cautious about everything you eat and drink.  Maintaining a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables along with dedicated sleep of 7-8 hours per night, paired with daily exercise is the best way to boost your energy levels.  Many food and drink manufacturers chase the almighty dollar and a lot of times we as consumers are caught in the crossfire.  Don’t accept testimonies and reports from crafty marketing claims by these companies.  Do your own research and consult with a professional doctor in order to determine what is the best path for your health.

If you need to consult with a family doctor in Nashville, TN, give our office a call or visit us online to book an appointment.

Here’s to Your Health

Dr. K Bennett