OK you energy drinkers – have you ever considered what happens to your heart when you drink that stuff? Mom and Dad, if your kids are downing energy drinks you may want to step up and be parents and intervene. Did you know that the FDA reports linking 92 illnesses and 13 deaths to 5-Hour Energy shots? The FDA previously said it was investigating the deaths linked to Monster Energy. And, hospitalization due to irregular heartbeat, severe diarrhea, migraine, psychotic disorder, heart attack, and/or vomiting have been linked to Monster Energy drink. High doses of caffeine can result in restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, and tremors. High doses can also trigger seizures and unstable heart rhythm.
Energy Drinks Linked to
Changes in Heart Rhythm
HealthDay News, March 21, 2013: Energy drinks boost blood pressure and may make the heart more susceptible to electrical short circuits, new research suggests.
But it’s not clear how much of this effect on blood pressure has to do with caffeine, which also is found in coffee, or whether the effect significantly raises the risk of heart problems.
There is enough information in this meta-analysis to make me concerned that there may be pockets of the population who may have an increased risk of adverse events, and more work needs to be done to see if this is true.
In other words, it’s possible that some people could be especially vulnerable to the effects of energy drinks.
At issue are the caffeine-laden drinks that have become popular among people looking to stay alert, stay awake or get a jolt. Sixteen-ounce cans of drinks like Monster Energy Assault and Rockstar pack in about 160 milligrams of caffeine, compared with roughly 100 milligrams in a 6-ounce cup of coffee.
Energy drinks also come with other ingredients like sugar and herbs, and medical experts have warned that they can spell trouble.
The following is a list of the ingredients in Gatorade A.M. – Tropical-Mango
WATER, SUCROSE, DEXTROSE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SALT, SODIUM CITRATE, MONOPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, PHOSPHORIC ACID, GUM ARABIC, GLYCEROL ESTER OF ROSIN, SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE, YELLOW 6, YELLOW 5, RED 40
Many fruit and energy drinks have as much added sugar and calories as sugary sodas. Some of these drinks have as much sugar as an 8-year-old should consume in a day. Full-calorie iced teas, sports drinks, and flavored waters typically contain 3 to 5 teaspoons of sugar per 8-ounce serving. Energy and sports drinks can also damage tooth enamel, boosting the risk of cavities.
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