As a devout coffee drinker, I’ve always been a bit curious about 5-Hour Energy. The drink claims that it’s made for “hard-working people” who need an extra boost to get through their workday. It’s also (i) zero calories, (ii) contains no sugar and (iii) is supposed to contain the caffeine of a strong cup of “premium coffee”. The drink warnings state that Five Hour Energy should be avoided by (i) children under 12 years of age, (ii) women who are pregnant or nursing and (iii) people diagnosed with phenylketonuria. For more info on the drink check out the Five Hour Energy website.
Well some authorities in New York don’t think that Five Hour Energy -and a number of other energy drinks- are all that safe. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports that the NY Attorney General has launched an investigation into the production of energy drinks: AMP, Monster and Five Hour Energy to probe for any public health concerns. The article went on to say that drinks like Five Hour Energy and Monster can contain deceptive amounts of caffeine and be dangerous, particularly for young drinkers. A 14-year old girl recently died after drinking a large amount of energy drinks in a short time frame (the article didn’t say which brand(s)).
So what does all of this mean for you?
1. Be mindful of your intake of energy drinks.
Given the new information that’s emerging about the risks associated with energy drinks, it might be wise to limit how much you drink until the dust settles.
2. Get sleep!
Nothing makes me more productive than a good night’s sleep! Trying to cut corners by drinking energy drinks is just a quick fix- sleep is the ultimate energy source.
3. Watch your children/teens.
There’s a lot of pressure on kids to stay up late (studying, doing extra-curriculars, hanging out with friends, etc). If you see your son or daughter using energy drinks to stay awake, it might warrant a conversation about better ways for them to balance school obligations with getting rest.
*** Do you drink Five Hour Energy (or other energy drinks)? What has your experience been? Do you think energy drinks are safe/dangerous?***
- Monster (MNST) Lower as NY AG Issues Subpoenas Over Energy Drink Marketing Practices (streetinsider.com)
- New York Investigates Energy Drink Ads (blogs.barrons.com)