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Energy drinks don’t kill, misinformation does

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Monster, “energizing” drink, became in the days before Halloween the alleged cause of the death of 5 people in the U.S., making this story a plot of a horror movie. But the matter is serious as a relationship was established between the deaths and the consumption of these energy drinks.

Monster Energy drinks, the most sold in the U.S. by far-and other energy drinks on the market, therefore, have been called to the dock in a global judgment that, for now, it has resulted in a sharp drop in stock, and the logical confusion within potential consumers of these beverages.

But there are reasons to stop drinking energy drinks?

The family of one of the victims, a 14-year-old Anais Fournier, was the first to lodge a complaint against Monster, arguing the death reasons revealed by forensic analysis, according to which Anais died of a heart attack after consuming two cans of the energy drink of the brand. In total, the two drinks containing caffeine equivalent to 14 cans of conventional cola.

Most of the doctors we have heard in the news, say energy drinks consumed by healthy people at normal doses, do not cause heart problems, let alone death. However, the fact that the manufacturers of these drinks in most countries are not required to indicate in the packaging the recommended maximum level in a given period of time, leaving the mere will of young people – the main consumers of these drink – the decision to drink a greater or lesser extent.

If you think about it, that a drink with such an amount of caffeine, and other questionable substances such as taurine or glucuronolactone, may be causing heart complications, and even death, it is as logical as to eat a handful of salt, drink a bottle of pomace, or to practice free fall without a parachute from a fifth floor, as it can be counterproductive to one’s health.

The thing is, in my opinion, to score some limits when products, food and drink, move too the limit of insanity. And, given the instinctive and innocent desire of most teenagers to try anything that is sold or trafficked and labeled “dangerous”, coupled with the tendency to mix it with alcohol and substances of diverse nature, energy drinks become potentially dangerous concoctions, in my opinion, warrant a minimum of information.

I dare even to think that the hype generated a row of five deaths related to the consumption of Monster, is free and positive publicity seekers and worshipers risk. And I think that, while being aware of what is consumed is the duty of each report is the responsibility of those who are considered responsible for the health of citizens. So the surprise invades me each time I read on the detergent boxes the lapidary phrase of “do not eat” as it would seem the most logical to indicate on cans how much “energy” they have or something “do not mix” or “not recommended for consumption with”. And, by themselves, energy drinks do not kill, but misinformation does.

As a PS, I do not keep quiet if I keep clear the difference between energy drinks and sports drinks , and I’ve noticed some confusion in some forums and threads on social networks. In case anyone has doubts, Monster energy as well-known, and other marks, are exciting drinks containing substances or nervous system stimulants such as caffeine, while sports drinks are isotonic, which aims to hydrate and replace lost salts mineral that occurs with the sport. Nothing similar, you see.

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