5-Hour Energy Drink Responsible for 13 Deaths?
Energy drink being responsible for death seems like a classic oxymoron, since the drink is meant to keep one energized and kicking and here it ends up killing the person!
NYTimes reports of how federal officials over the last four years have received reports of 13 deaths. The probable involvement of 5-Hour Energy has been indicated in these reports. The report seems to be worrying, as it was just the previous month that Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reported that Monster Drink, another energy drink received ignominious mention related to five deaths.
5-Hour Energy has been mentioned in not one, but around 90 filings with the F.D.A. since 2009. Out of these there are more than 30 reports, which mention about serious complications and life threatening circumstances like convulsions, spontaneous abortions and even heart attack.
The blistering pace at which the energy drink market is growing has come under a lot of speculation and scrutiny over concerns like labeling revelations and likely health dangers.
Since there is still lack of absolute conclusive evidence of the deaths being related to energy drinks, the manufacturers of the energy drinks like 5-Hour Energy and Monster Drink, claim that their products are safe and are in no way responsible for the supposed deaths mentioned in the reports to FDA.
Elaine Lutz, spokesperson Living Essentials of Farmington Hills, Mich., distributor of 5-Hour Energy, said,
The product is safe when used as directed and that Living Essentials was unaware of any deaths proven to be caused by the consumption of 5-Hour Energy.
Is 5-Hour Energy drink in any way different from the other energy drinks in the market? Yes, it is. Unlike the other energy drinks, which can be mistaken as beverages, the 5-Hour Energy is sold in a two-ounce bottle, thus it is consumed as a shot. The unfortunate part is that there is no mention of the amount of caffeine, which is present in each two-ounce bottle of 5-Hour energy. A whopping 215 milligrams of caffeine is what a recent consumer report pegged the figure as.
Is 215 milligrams in a two-ounce bottle high? Well it is, considering the fact that a cup of coffee (8 ounces) mostly contains 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine.
Other energy drink manufacturers when asked about their response to the deaths being related to energy drinks have feigned ignorance of the existence of such an occurrence.
Consume or not consume an energy drink? I don’t know about you, but I would certainly not like to be rushed to the hospital for consuming an energy drink. So, I would stick to the old-fashioned cup of coffee to get my caffeine kick!