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Killer Energy Drinks?

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Killer Energy Drinks?

In case you needed another reason to nix the energy drinks, the Food and Drug Administration says that five recent deaths may be linked to Monster Energy Drinks.

We know that mixing energy drinks and booze is bad news for your health, but even without the boozy help, those cans of energy drink are still pretty unhealthy. They’re loaded with unhealthy additives like:

  • Sugars. Even energy drinks that taste terrible are loaded with as much sugar as a soda, if not more. Often, the sweetener is high fructose corn syrup.
  • Artificial sweeteners. Diet or lower-calorie energy drinks tend to use sweeteners like aspartame.
  • Artificial flavors and colors. Most energy drinks on store shelves are not made from real juice, so they need chemical flavorings and colorings to make them look and taste more appealing.
  • Stimulants. This is where the immediate health concerns come in. Energy drinks contain caffeine along with a cocktail of other stimulants, like ginseng and taurine. In moderation and on their own, these ingredients aren’t necessarily unhealthy. It’s all about the amounts, and energy drinks contain high doses of stimulants.

On top of the FDA investigation, one family is suing Monster because their 14-year-old daughter died after drinking two cans of their product in a 24-hour period. Monster is doubling down, saying that its product is totally safe and that these charges are all false.

According to Food Safety News:

The lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court in Riverside, said that after drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy on consecutive days Fournier went into cardiac arrest. She died days later on December 23, 2011 from what the lawsuit said was “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity” that complicated a heart disorder she already had.

On Monday, FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess said the agency had received reports of five deaths and one heart attack that may be associated with the Monster Energy drink from 2009 through June this year.

Is drinking a Monster energy drink going to kill you? Probably not, but until the FDA investigation is through, it might be a good idea to get your energy boost elsewhere. On the next page, check out a list of five natural ways to amp up your energy without energy drinks.

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Marcus Q.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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12:29PM PST on Dec 11, 2013

A healthy alternative to energy:

http://www.vemma.com/verveenergy/

http://www.whyjoinvemma.com/user-files/files/verve-vs-redbull-vs-monster.pdf

Email me for information or find the product here: zfischl.vemma.com

Vemmazac@gmail.com

5:42AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Good to know

6:57PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

The problem is that they are extremely popular among kids and teenagers. Sellers, being sellers, use athletes, sportspersons and cartoons to endorse these drinks to unsuspecting youngsters. Parents need to educate their kids about the disastrous side effects these so called energy drinks have and discourage their use.

9:11AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

My good doctor said that sugar free energy drinks in moderation are just fine, and do no harm. - nothing 'bad' or 'damaging' in those modern day 'caffeine beverages'
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all things in moderation, moderation, moderation
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and if a complication of some ill health issue is involved, that would include being cautious of whatever a person intakes on a regular dietary basis
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common sense in all things
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as our world will undoubtedly be offering other choices of beverages (coffee bean to become rare in future), it's okay to check out the overall benefits and deficits of anything we put into our bodies, and to stay vigilant as well as open to new things

8:42AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

I received some insight full comments on my love of the Monster. I could have a retort for each. I'll just say I appreciate everyone's thought of Monster. And leave it at that.

2:09PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Thanks, good work.

12:25PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Noted

6:28PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

(cont.)forgot to add...energy drinks by contrast stress the heart and can easily lead to early death.

6:27PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Fruits, veges, nuts, seeds, etc.: all can be blended to create a fantastic-tasting, super-healthy smoothie. Good article.

8:45PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

I dont care what anyone said..but when I was 59-60 and needed that 5 hour energy drink I bought a strong brew of Starbucks every morning and believe me it gave me 5 hours of energy and a darn good cup of coffee....got so I cold not do without my morning coffee....then I found out that because I had meniere's disease they say stay away from coffee but i started reading and found out that coffee helps some meniere's sufferers ....wasn't i lucky.......not a latte..just a plain cup of coffee no sugar and a little half and half and heavens for mornings..best time of day.

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