Courtesy KENThe 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?