You know the names of these energy drinks: Monster, 5-Hour Energy, Amp, Red Bull. These are extremely popular due to the so-called energy boost they give people and for many, they all but require such a boost to get through the work day. But this extra kick may come at a price.
Last month The New York Times wrote an article that states the supposed connection between energy drinks and a number of deaths throughout the years. The New York Times has stated that the Food and Drug Administration “…have received reports of 13 deaths over the last four years that cited the possible involvement of 5-Hour Energy.” In the same article, it was reported the FDA received numerous fatality reports with ties to very popular Monster brand energy drink.
The problem with these drinks is that they contain a high volume of chemicals, including caffeine, B vitamins, and taurine. Consuming so much caffeine in a very short amount of time can work against your body. One serving from an energy drink or 12 oz. can contains as much as several cups of coffee, but at least with coffee, caffeine consumption is spread out throughout a typical day.
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