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The FDA is in receipt of a letter from a group of doctors and researchers
urging the agency
to take action on the caffeine levels in energy drinks. Though large-sized coffee drinks contain a much higher level of caffeine, data on emergency room visits suggests more complications are seen from the consumption of energy drinks than other caffeinated drinks. Shares of Monster Beverage (
, remain unfazed by the most recent attack on the energy drink industry.
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The conclusion in the letter is that caffeine levels in energy drinks may be unsafe, and that there is evidence that "caffeine levels in energy drinks pose serious health risks, including increased risk for serious injury or even death." The letter does not address the fact that Starbucks (and other) coffees contain more caffeine than energy drinks. The letter implies that naturally occurring caffeine is safe, while added caffeine is not. Is there any evidence to support this claim?
Are consumers of coffeehouse coffee also at risk of death?
Mar 19, 2013. 03:54 PM
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