Energy drinks remain popular today, especially among chronically fatigued and young people looking for a quick energy boost. But drinks with such high levels of caffeine as Monster Energy and Red Bull are involved increasingly accusations of wrongful death, because these drinks typically contain caffeine levels up to 14 times higher than a normal cup of coffee, these drinks can cause potentially fatal health problems.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has apparently been receiving more and more reports about energy drinks that cause serious injury and death, including the report now being circulated of a 14 year old girl who died not long after drank two cans of Monster Energy over a period of 24 hours. The child’s parents say the drinks were responsible deactivate cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity, which the company denies.
But the FDA says it has also received at least five other reports associated with energy drinks deaths and a heart attack since 2009. Although this figure is relatively low compared to the number of people who die each year due to drugs pharmaceutical approved by the FDA, remains a point of concern for some who fear that energy drinks are dangerous. At this time; however, it has not been unequivocally identified any causal link between the beverage and serious health problems.
Energy drinks critics point to extremely high levels of caffeine as the main culprit in its potential toxicity, noting that the girl Maryland took a total of 480 milligrams of caffeine between the two cans of Monster Energy. To put this amount of caffeine in perspective, this would be the same as drinking approximately 14 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola over the same period.
On the other hand, energy drinks with profiles similar ingredients, although perhaps with less caffeine have been consumed safely in many other countries for many decades, long before it became a novelty in the United States. And in each of the cases that have been presented for display media so far, people who consumed drinks had pre-existing conditions or other health conditions unrelated that might have been casually associated with the consumption of energy drinks.
Is there any validity to claims that energy drinks are dangerous, or is it possible that all this fanfare of parts of the media is only an exaggerated attempt to increase control of the FDA on this particular segment of the food industry Pharmaceutical drugs? Approved by the FDA, after all, kill at least 100,000 people each year and collectively have killed at least 30 million people since 1998, without even a word of the media on this social holocaust. So why they are suddenly so focused on energy drinks?