Oct
23
2012

Too much energy? Monster drinks come under scrutiny

Hyped up drinnks: Cases involving five deaths and one heart attack with people consuming Monster Energy Drinks are being investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Hyped up drinnks: Cases involving five deaths and one heart attack with people consuming Monster Energy Drinks are being investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Courtesy KEN
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investing the circumstances of five deaths and one heart attack that might have Monster Energy Drinks as a contributing factor. The drinks, which come in 24-ounce cans, contain more than seven times the caffeine found in typical 12-ounce cans of soda.

The time frame for the incidents is long. The earliest case being investigated dates back to 2004. And the agency says that the existence cases don't prove that the drinks are dangerous.

One of the cases being investigated involves a 14-year-old girl who died of a hyperactive heart beat after having two 24-ounce Monster drinks in a 24-hour period. She also had other existing circulatory system health problems.

While the FDA caps caffeine levels at 0.02% in soda drinks, there are no caffeine limits in place for energy drinks.

Monster has not shied away from saying its drinks can amp up consumers. It uses the phrases "killer energy brew" and "the meanest energy supplement on the planet" in its marketing efforts. But it doesn't have official warning labels on its packaging.

What do you think about these situations? Do you consume energy drinks? Is this a health problem that needs more regulation?

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spookieman's picture
spookieman says:

this drink is bad

posted on Tue, 10/23/2012 - 11:58am
Allycatt's picture
Allycatt says:

Its not bad, people just drink to much of it when they decide to drink 2 cans a day it shouldent be Monsters problem that one pop is equal to 15 cans of pop

posted on Fri, 10/26/2012 - 12:16pm
AvianGrace's picture
AvianGrace says:

What horrible scourge as fallen apon human kind. This gropesque liquid, that seems to seep out the life of these innocent victims, should be dissinergrated into ashes! These poor, poor people, oh how I weep for them! I for one stand against this.

posted on Sat, 10/27/2012 - 7:39pm
jimmy bobby joe's picture
jimmy bobby joe says:

this drink will kill you if you drink too much of it

posted on Sun, 11/04/2012 - 12:13pm
Lymric's picture
Lymric says:

If a person wants to drink this, let them. Put an age limit on products that have massive amounts of caffene or chemicals that can possibly cause harm.

posted on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 11:45am
Jennifer A's picture
Jennifer A says:

According to a recent report by Consumer Reports Magazine, the energy drinks contain misleading caffeine counts on the printed labels. The drinks either don't list the count or the count is more than the listed one and the deviation can be as high as 20%.

posted on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 5:40am
momo's picture
momo says:

it is fine to have one but if you have 2 to 4 it can kill you or make you very sick.

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 12:30pm
mikayla's picture
mikayla says:

it is full of suger

posted on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 12:54pm
Evelyn D.'s picture
Evelyn D. says:

The caffiene, sugar, and artificial flavors that are so common in energy drinks are not healthy for a growing person. But, there are healthier options. Nuun is an electrolyte filled supplement for water, which transforms it into something like Gatorade. The flavors in this tablet are also all natural, making them much better for you. I believe that the public should steer clear of drinks like Red Bull and Monster, and look towards healthier solutions like Nuun tablets.

posted on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 1:50pm
raythegreat's picture
raythegreat says:

I drink atleast two everyday and in 48 hours I managed to drink 19, let me just point out the fact im not dead and have been drinking monster energy products (and similar) for atleast three years.

posted on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 3:51am
felicia's picture
felicia says:

it could get you really really sick or it can kill you

posted on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:18pm
darius givance's picture
darius givance says:

actually it can kill you, if you get really really sick.
i would prefer to stay away from anything that gets
you sick.

posted on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:44pm
carlie soltau's picture
carlie soltau says:

this drink is a very bad drink and I don't like it at all.It's very gross!!!!

posted on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 10:34am
Lauren and Ellie's picture
Lauren and Ellie says:

Monster is dangerous and can kill and rot your teeth.

posted on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:58pm

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