Friday, 13 deaths have been linked to energy drinks leaving consumers to wonder if they are dangerous to your health. 5-hour energy, Monster energy and Rockstar are just three of the manufactures of energy drinks and in October the FDA opened an investigation after five deaths had been reported. The first death that has been linked to an energy drink was reported on December 17, 2009. Friday, a New York Times article by Barry Meier was the first to report the 13 deaths linked to the energy drinks.
The FDA has received 92 reports in the last four years that have cited death, illness, heart attack and hospitalization as a result of using an energy drink. The FDA doesn’t regulate caffeine drinks, but said that if they can link the injuries to the drinks they can remove the products from the marketplace.
5-hour energy drinks have a 90% share of the market of those tiny bottles sold at most convenience stores.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the energy drinks and specifically cited 5-hour energy, Monster energy and Rockstar.
Monster energy drink specifically has been linked to five deaths and 35 non-fatal hospitalized cases. Rockstar was linked to 13 cases, but none of them resulted in death.
The non-fatal symptoms include: dizziness, anxiety, nausea, seizures, brain hemorrhages, and heart attacks.
Monster and Rockstar contain 160 to 175 milligrams of caffeine which is about 3-5 times the caffeine in one can of soda. 5-hour energy drinks don’t list caffeine content.
A recent report from Consumer Reports recently stated that 5-hour energy drinks contain 215 milligrams of caffeine per 2 fl. oz. bottle.
For more information about the deaths linked to these drinks, click here.
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