Energy drinks blamed for deaths. Drink makers accused of unethical labeling.

energy drinks being blamedEnergy drinks consumption has risen in America and the United Kingdom.  Teenagers represent the largest percentage of consumers however, adults are starting to consume the drinks by large numbers.

The drinks contain high levels of caffeine which makes them more attractive.

A 12 oz. Coca-Cola classic has 34 milligrams of caffeine, a 12 oz. Starbucks tall caffe latte has 75 milligrams of caffeine, and a 16 oz. Monster energy drink has 160 milligrams of caffeine.

Is this amount of caffeine safe?

Because caffeine amounts affect people differently it is hard to judge a moderately safe level however, pregnant women are asked to avoid it altogether.

Caffeine is a stimulant.

Caffeine makes the heart beat faster, it affects blood pressure, and too much of it makes you “jittery”.

I can have two cups and I am moving faster than a crack addict :).

Are we consuming too much caffeine?  When caffeine is consumed in safe levels it has little to no effect on the body.

The verdict is still out on how safe it is for the body and how much is safe to consume.

Experts agree when a person has a heart abnormality the level of caffeine consumption has a drastic effect.

Okay if I had a heart condition; I would not be consuming large amounts of caffeine. Duh!!!

Why are we consuming so much caffeine?

Coffee is the drink of choice for many Americans, but when you add in sodas, energy drinks, tea, and chocolate.  The caffeine level rises exponentially.

Most people drink coffee in the morning to wake up and some people drink coffee all day.

Gatorade was one of the first performance enhancing drinks for athletes and people who wanted to increase their playing time.

How much do you think Michael Jordan increased sales?

Gatorade contains electrolytes needed by the body to recover, but people wanted a drink that allowed them to play longer and would give them more energy.

The energy drink companies listened to consumers and they started producing the energy drinks we came to know.

Monster, Full-throttle, Red bull, 5-hour energy, Rockstar, and NOS to name a few.

Some people have always questioned the safety of energy drinks, but the drinks have made recent news because several teens have died after consuming the drinks.

Unethical Labeling?

The drink makers are being allowed to show a level of caffeine at their discretion.

Why are they being allowed to hide their caffeine levels?

The drinks are not being regulated by the U.S. government.  The drinks are considered dietary supplements therefore they are not required by law to show the caffeine levels.

Some drink manufacturers do make a haphazardly attempt to appear ethical by disclosing a caffeine number.

Consumer reports found that several of the drink manufactures who listed their caffeine levels were off by up to 20%.

Many drink makers made no attempt to appear ethical.

Monster drinks have come under fire because they are being sued by some litigants and they lost billions on the stock market because of the uncertainly about their drinks.

The drink manufactures do not show exact caffeine levels for fear of giving up their recipes, but Consumer Reports alluded to another reason.

A Monster drink official reportedly told Consumer Reports “there is no legal or business requirement to do so; our products are completely safe, and the actual numbers are not meaningful to most consumers”.

What do you think about the caffeine levels of energy drinks?  Are consumers being irresponsible by consuming the drinks without care?

Some consumers are reportedly mixing the drinks with alcohol.

Red bull and vodka. I heard that is good. 🙂

Are consumers opening themselves up for problems?

Do you think drink manufacturers should be more transparent?  Do you buy the argument that they do not want to give away their recipes?

Some people have congenial heart conditions when they consumed the drinks.  Do you think their heart condition is more to blame than the drinks?

What are your opinions?  Is too much caffeine consumption irresponsible ethical behavior?


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