A reporter at Guardian.com reminds us that caffeine is a substance that is consistently underestimated. Unless, you rely on it in the morning and you have to go without for a morning.
In addition, extra doses of caffeine have become a true economic boom to certain manufacturers. When someone discusses the amount of caffeine that they consume each day, they usually recite the amount of coffee cups that they drank that morning. In fact, that may not be a real indication of too much caffeine.
As indicated in the pasted article, a Scottish reasearcher and his colleagues bought 20 expressos from different coffee shops. They found a tremendous deviation for caffeine content.
When someone opens a can of Monster Energy drink, they can hear the hissing sound normally reserved for a carbonated soda. When they pour it into a glass, it looks like a yellow ale. Its taste is syrupy sweet with almost a hint of the can. It’s logo and slogan tells us to “unleash the beast”. In 2011, it surpassed Red Bull beverage sales as the highest selling energy drink, according to Beverage Digest.
Maryland teen Anais Fournier drank a can of Monster Energy on December 16, 2011. The next evening she drank another can while with friends at a mall. Each contained 240 mg of caffeine. A few hours later, she was home watching a movie with family when she fell unconscious. At the hospital, she was in cardiac arrest. Six days later, she was taken off life support. According to the coroner, her cause of death was “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicitycomplicating mirral valve regulation in the setting of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome”. The finding was that she had a pre-existing medical condition that was triggered by the caffeine.
The article lists several stories of injury and death that are connected to energy drinks. In November of 2012, the FDA released a comprehensive list of “adverse event reports” that were customer complaints over a period of eight years. These were events and deaths that people considered to be related to energy drinks.
Despite health concerns, there are few warnings related to these drinks. They are unregulated and sales are not restricted. Teenagers are being targeted to purchase and drink these drinks and there is no oversight or accountability. That’s why the full pasted article at the top of the blog, is a good start, if you want to read about the concerns of the FDA and the events being reported.
A lawsuit styled Wendy Crossland and Richard Fournier v. Monster Beverage has been filed in California. The lawsuit against Monster makes claims for strict product liability, failure to warn and negligence in the design, sale and manufacturing of the product. Wendy Crossland’s mother was quoted as saying what a lot of people have been thinking, “I was shocked to learn that the FDA can regulate caffeine in a can of soda, but not these huge energy drinks. With their bright colors and names like Monster, Rockstar, and Full Throttle, these drinks are targeting teenagers. These drinks are death traps for the young… I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill”.
It’s hard to post a pic o’ after that kind of serious topic. Still, I don’t want to end the blog on such a down note and negotiations are certainly a part of it!