Energy Drinks are a Health Problem: Big Surprise!


Would you believe me if I told you I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life? I say a cup, because I’ve had a sip of one of those French vanilla deals back in college, and my wife made me sip her iced double whatyamacallit from Starbucks another time.

But I have never sat down and poured myself a cup of the java juice before. Part of me was scared. I watched my parents drink coffee every day.  I watched friends who could barely operate without it.

I never wanted to be like that, dependent on something to start my day.

When I read the stories about these energy drinks I feel the same way. Now a government survey says people are coming into ER’s scared about “racing hearts” and “trouble breathing” from consuming these popular drinks.

Some cities are now considering laws to ban them altogether.

Even more troubling, energy drinks are the fastest growing part of the beverage industry, and the makers are often targeting young people.

I sat down with Roger Khetan, M.D. on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and asked him to explain all the concern around energy drinks. Dr. Khetan mentioned just one of those 5-hour energy drinks has the same amount of caffeine as 20 cans of soda, or about 10 cups of coffee.

Not sure how many sips of that French-vanilla brew I tasted in college that is, but I’m passing.

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Craig Civale
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Craig is a storyteller at heart. He joined Baylor after a 15-year career as an award-winning broadcast journalist, most recently at WFAA-TV in Dallas as a reporter.

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Energy Drinks are a Health Problem: Big Surprise!