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Energy drink consumption: A growing health concern

energy-drinksPowerade, Gaterade, Monster, Red Bull – we’ve all seen these energy drinks in supermarkets, cafeterias, and convenience stores. Many confide in these for a simple boost for the day, as they are both tasty and convenient. But is what we are drinking becoming a rising health issue?

Results from a study conducted by the nation’s hospitals highlight that the number of cases involving these drinks have doubled since 2007. More than half of the participants reported they had consumed an energy drink prior to emergency treatment. Steve Sun, an emergency physician at San Francisco, told www.boston.com that “Five years ago, perhaps I would see one or two cases every three months or so. Now we’re consistently seeing about two cases per month.” There clearly seems to be some red flags.

On the other hand, the beverage industry reports that energy drinks are safe and there is also no proof of correlation between the products and adverse reactions. But rest assured, organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are working hard to investigate this issue. Despite the research, manufacturers continue to defend their position.

Consumers need to be aware and understand what we are drinking. The public should be careful, as we may not fully understand the strength of neon-labeled beverages. If you want more information, you can visit the HHS’ website at www.hhs.gov or you can visit the FDA’s homepage at fda.gov.

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