Over the past decade, energy drinks have exploded on the market. There are literally hundreds of different kinds of energy drinks, but just because they are in stores, and seemingly everyone is drinking them, doesn’t mean that they are safe to drink. We certainly can’t depend on the FDA to protect us.
A new study shows that just drinking 32 ounces of this stuff a day can create massive damage to your heart, sometimes resulting in death.
Dr. Jennifer L. Harris from University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, has significant concerns about the beverages, especially the way they are marketed to young boys. She says that ER visits among kids caused by energy drink consumption have been rising at a scary rate.
These companies are getting away with this because they are advertised as “supplements” rather than as “beverages,” and are not monitored the same way.
Most of these energy drinks contain exceedingly high amounts of caffeine, via their “proprietary energy blends” – and those extra additives frequently come with harmful or undesirable side effects such as skyrocketing blood pressure and putting a significant strain on the heart.
In one study, using an energy drink similar to Red Bull or Monster, participants showed dramatic changes on their EKG tests when drinking the energy drink as opposed to those participants simply drinking the same amount of caffeine.
As reported by NBC News, “An ECG change known as QTc prolongation and sometimes associated with life-threatening irregularities in the heartbeat was seen after drinking the energy drink, but not after drinking the caffeine beverage, the study team reports.“
The study authors note that several energy drinks have been pulled from the market after testing similarly and that some energy drinks have been linked to fatalities.