Essay on Energy Drinks : A Threat Of Public Health?

702 Words Mar 30th, 2016 3 Pages
Energy Drinks - A Threat to Public Health? Are ALL energy drinks a "threat to public health" as a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) commentary suggests? Or is it just the ones with excessively high levels of caffeine? From the point of view of one of the millions of people worldwide who enjoy energy beverages, I am concerned that the public and our government regulatory agencies may be tempted to incorrectly label ALL energy drinks as dangerous, just because some people abuse them.

Not All Energy Drinks Are Dangerous

I welcome an intelligent discussion of the absurd and potentially dangerous levels of anhydrous caffeine in some of these beverages. The general public, however, may get the impression that ALL energy drinks are unhealthy and dangerous, simply because some are purposely formulated to appeal to thrill-seeking youth.

That would be a great loss for the many people who could find in some energy drinks a pleasant alternative to coffee, for example.

That would be a loss to the numerous diabetics and chronic fatigue sufferers who are finding real relief from some of the more carefully formulated, low-sugar drinks.

There are some real merits to well-formulated energy drinks, but the general public rarely hears anything positive about these.

This is a complex issue, but it is ripe for scientific demagogues to use as a vehicle for obtaining more grant funding for their research. That is what this JAMA commentary is really all about.

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