Energy Drinks and Their Potential Harmful Affects

Energy Drinks and Their Potential Harmful Affects

Reyna Hansen, Staff Writer

Drinking 32 ounces of energy drinks is associated with potentially harmful changes in blood pressure and heart function that are beyond those seen with caffeine alone, according to a new study. There are more than 500 energy drink products on the market, and their increased popularity is matched by a significant rise in energy drink- associated emergency department visits and deaths. Caffeine in doses up to 400mg is generally recognized as safe by the food and drug administration. While energy drinks usually contain caffeine, little is known about the safety of some of their other ingredients the study team writes in the journal of the heart association.