Whether it’s Red Bull, Five Hour Energy or a panoply of energy drinks on the market, they all have one thing in common—they can kill you. Sure they sponsor really great things as is the case with Red Bull and Felix Baumgartner’s historic jump from space, but make no mistake there is a dark side to these beverages.
Look at the recent news about Monster Energy:
Five people may have died in recent years after drinking Monster Energy, a popular energy drink that is high in caffeine, according to incident reports recently released by the Food and Drug Administration.
When I read what’s in some of these energy drinks it truly scares me. In our over-worked and over-stressed society it appears that coffee is no longer enough to get us through the day.
This is what too much caffeine can do to you:
More than moderate consumption of caffeinecan increase alertness, but also reduce fine motor coordination and cause insomnia, headaches, dizziness and nervousness.
Massive doses of caffeine (above 10g, about 170mg/kg of body weight), can be lethal, although this equates to drinking more than 80 cups of coffee in rapid succession!
There is nothing healthy about this energy drinks ingesting that much caffeine is not good for you period. For more information on the amount of caffeine in some of the most widely consumed beverages in the country, I’d suggest taking a look at this. You’ll be shocked.