Spike Shooter, with six times the caffeine of Coke Classic, has been banned from 7-Eleven and from at least one high school. Pediatrics, a medical journal, wants the energy drinks to be monitored like tobacco, drugs and alcohol.
A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association warned of the potential dangers of energy drinks and caffeine's "propensity for addiction." After noting that the maximum allowable caffeine limit set by the FDA for cola drinks is 0.02 percent, or 71 mg per 12-oz serving, JAMA wrote, "It is unclear why this limit does not apply to energy drinks; some claim that because energy drinks contain herbal extracts and some vitamins, they are not subject to the same caffeine limit."
Which is idiotic and ironic. Many of these drinks attempt to market themselves as healthy beverages by adding vitamins, but those additives actually increase the health risks. As Fullmer notes, the dosages for vitamins in the energy drinks are so high that consumers can easily exceed the recommended limits simply by consuming them in other foods or by having a second energy drink.
One woman showed up in an emergency room with abdominal pain, nausea, fever and jaundiced. Doctors determined that by drinking 5-Hour Energy Drink excessively she had overdosed on niacin (vitamin B3) which can damage the liver.
By the way, she drank 10 bottles a day for two weeks.
These drinks don't do anything for stupidity.
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