New Drink Lawsuit

ENERGY DRINKS

This could be interesting to watch.

Some big news yesterday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink. They have been cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack, according to reports.

The family who announced they were suing Monster for failing to warn about the product's dangers.

The lawsuit, said their 14 year old daughter drank two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy on consecutive days and ended up going into cardiac arrest. She was placed in an induced coma and died six days later on Dec. 23, 2011.

The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine, the equivalent of 14 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola, according to the lawsuit.

 

It makes you wonder how could this be happening?

The big reason is energy drinks are labeled wrong. They don’t energize you – they stimulate you.

 

Research shows that beyond a brief caffeine high, there are actually no health benefits to energy drinks. In fact, the combination of different chemicals is likely to do more harm than good, especially for children.

Some of the unwelcome side effects of the drinks include elevated heart rates, hypertension, anxiety, headaches and interrupted sleep patterns. A recent study by the University of Miami suggests even more serious outcomes, such as heart palpitations, strokes and sudden death.

 

Look at the facts: Energy drinks have three to five times the amount of caffeine as regular sodas do. They also include a number of unregulated herbal stimulants and natural blends like taurine, guarana, creatine and B-vitamins.

And a lot of the time, they don’t even bother to list these ingredients on the label.