Energy Drinks Under Fire

Energy drinks have been in the news as of late.  We recently informed the readers of this blog about the potential dangers of Monster energy drinks.  Now, Living Essentials, the manufacturer of 5-Hour Energy drinks, is under scrutiny as well.  The FDA is investigating 13 deaths that are allegedly linked to the 5-Hour Energy drinks.

Manoj Bhargava, the CEO of 5-Hour Energy drinks, defended his product claiming, “Caffeine is a good thing.”  I certainly enjoy drinking caffeine, but I believe that everything must be done in moderation.  Too much of anything can be harmful.

FDA Does Not Require Energy Drink Companies to Disclose Caffeine Levels On Their Products

Luckily for energy drink companies, they are not required to disclose the caffeine levels in their energy drinks.  They may simply market them as energy drinks or as dietary supplements.

According to an independent report, the caffeine level in a 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength was as high as 242 milligrams.  The 24-ounce can of Monster Energy that allegedly caused the death of the 14-year-old girl contained 240 milligrams of caffeine.  I wonder if there would be fewer problems with energy drinks if the FDA mandated disclosure of caffeine levels.

What do you think?  Should the FDA set limits on the amount of caffeine in one drink?  Do you think they should require the disclosure of caffeine content in energy drinks?