Throughout the year’s people have become obsessed and or more attentive their health and diet. Health and diet are important aspects relating to human beings which include various issues. Many of the issues arise with the consumption of energy drinks. Energy drinks are being put on store shelves everywhere. Their labeling promotes sports performances, vitamins and even promises to help with mental clarity. There are features of health and diet regarding humans in the modern style of their living. One of the main issues is the consumption of energy drinks and its effects on nutrition and health.
Energy drinks have been assumed to maintain with rising prevalence of having the ability to boost energy and improve performance containing caffeine, vitamins, and herbal supplements. The beverages are also marketing to improve energy, stamina, performance, and concentration. Many other issues have also lead to over-consumption of energy from added ingredients to its beverages and replacing nutrients from their regular diets. People are not realizing some of the effects when they consume these drinks. They consume high amounts of caffeine and fail to burn it off. Caffeine can be found in many things we consume in our daily meals. Coffee, tea, soda and even chocolate. The dangers of the caffeine can be added by the amount of the caffeine consumed. Doctors usually recommend no more than 400 mg a day. That is roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee and 10 cans of cola (Mayo Clinic Staff). Higher doses can compromise your health and sometimes be lethal.
The use of energy drinks has become highly controversial. Energy drinks are now viewed as one factor which has led to cardiac malfunctions, neurological and various other health-related problems. People with underlying medical conditions could be more susceptible to caffeine overdose. We are seeing an increased incident of 18 and younger children having dangerous side effects from consuming too many energy drinks at one time. According to self-report surveys, energy drinks are consumed by 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults. There has also been reports in association with serious adverse effects, especially in children, adolescents, and young adults with seizures, diabetes, cardiac abnormalities, or mood and behavioral disorders (Pediatrics. 2016 May; 137(5): 10.1542/peds.2016-0454). Our bodies already produce the chemicals. Epinephrine is a special liquid chemical energy, generated in our kidneys. It is produced and ready to activate when our brain is ready to be used. It readies up the body allowing the brains capacity to think, reasoning logic and problem solving puts ahead with full brain energy. It also increases skin senses, strength and heartbeat. Now if one drinks the caffeine will make all the above automatically happen and in the subconscious state of mind. However, what does caffeine have to do with it? Well it plays a huge role in this argument, high consumption could and would eventually be fatal. Remember the heart rate increases and high consumption will just tire out the heart and could possibly lead to cardiac arrest.
It will be very beneficial if energy drinks can be controlled and regulated. Being one of the causes of cardiac malfunctions, labels should be specific on its effects. The biggest problem with the FDA-Approved energy drinks are not required to disclose the total stimulant dose in the product for people to make an educated decision (Anna Medaris Miller). Labels should include for adult consumption only with a daily limit. Stating what can happen to the human heart when the drink is consumed. When people go to shops in search of a drink, they go for the most promising drinks. Most of these drinks are labeled as the most fruitful and labels are not being read. Removing the drinks off the shelves in every store away from regular drinks. Away from all school premises. They should be sold in very limited places. Liquor stores can be the proper place to sell these drinks. It will help avoid children and teenagers from purchasing it. Evoking fear to drinkers will make them more aware of their choices. People began the dangerous practice combining energy drinks with alcohol. Knowing the dangers of mixing, precaution measures will also be taken into consideration if sold only in liquor stores. The October 2010 hospitalization of nine Central Washington University students who were consuming a pre-mixed alcoholic energy drink brought national attention to this dangerous combination (Mary Claire O’Brien, M.D.).
Another suggestion would be companies selling the energy drinks can profit from these changes. They can help regulate the consumption of their drinks to smaller cans and sell for the same price. Lessening the amount of caffeine found in each can also be a start to a change. Therefore, energy drinks should be required to be marketed and sold as “supplements containing drugs” to more accurately represent the risks of the products to consumers. Applying a poison logo on the can, could also allow the consumer to think twice before drinking or mixing with alcohol. Posters can also be placed near the energy drinks showing statistics of how many people have died due to its consumption. According to adverse event reports collected by the agency since 2004, a total of 34 deaths have been linked to energy drinks. Of those, 22 deaths have been linked to 5-Hour Energy, 11 deaths have linked to Monster, and one death, to Rockstar (New York Times). Posters can also be placed near the energy drinks showing statistics of how many people have died. How many deaths will it take for the FDA to protect consumers from energy drinks. Although the Federal Drug Administration does not require companies to list the amount of caffeine in beverages, how much caffeine is in the drinks? Some countries have already banned energy drinks. Any drink that contains more than 120 mg should be illegal. Any store that continue to sell the drinks should be fined. There are so many companies out there producing and promoting their products, regulation should begin taking place.