November 21, 2012

Is 5-Hour Energy Safe?

Is 5-hour Energy safe?

There is a long list of energy drinks in the market from RedBull and Jamba Energy to Vital Energy and more. Every beverage maker seems to have a product in this market.

The FDA’s recent incident reports on various energy drinks raise potential safety concerns of energy drinks. For example, the FDA 5-Hour Energy report details the incidents reported for 5-Hour Energy.

In this context Forbes takes a look at the safety of 5-Hour energy 
The more concentrated 5-hour Energy doesn’t list its caffeine content but Consumer Reports recently determined that it contains 215 milligrams of caffeine per 2 fl. oz. bottle (the “extra strength” only contains a bit more at 242 milligrams.).

In comparison (per EnergyFiend’s caffeine database), a Starbucks grande coffee can contain from 259 to 564 mg of caffeine.

We need to remember that caffeine is a drug, capable of providing us with mental alertness but at higher doses can make us anxious, shaky, and have gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea. In energy drinks caffeine is regulated as a food additive but its drug status is complicated by the fact that it occurs naturally in foods such as coffee and chocolate.

Phenylalanine, the other ingredient in energy drinks can affect phenylketonurics.

5-Hour Energy’s response to the reports – consume it in moderation
We recommend on product labels and the 5-hour ENERGY® Website that individuals consume no more than two bottles of 5-hour ENERGY® shots per day, spaced several hours apart. We also recommend individuals new to 5-hour ENERGY® try half a bottle to start, wait 10 minutes and consume the rest later. Consumers who have caffeine sensitivities should consult with a physician before taking, and can consider the “decaf” version. Consumers are also instructed to use or discard any remaining product within 72 hours (three days) after opening.

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