New Research Raises Concerns Over Energy Drinks and Heart Health

New Research Raises Concerns Over Energy Drinks and Heart Health

New Research Raises Concerns Over Energy Drinks and Heart Health

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Recent studies suggest potential risks associated with consumption.

7 June 2024

By Payoshi Bisht

In recent findings reported by the New York Post, concerns have been raised regarding the health implications of consuming energy drinks, particularly in relation to heart health. While these beverages are marketed for their ability to provide an instant boost of energy, new research suggests they may come with serious health risks.

The issue primarily revolves around the high quantities of sugar found in many energy drinks, coupled with ingredients such as taurine and guarana, which can disrupt cardiovascular functions. This disruption may increase the risk of arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, potentially leading to sudden heart attacks.

A study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic examined 144 survivors of sudden heart attacks, revealing that seven of them had consumed energy drinks prior to the incident. While more evidence is needed to definitively establish a causal link between energy drink consumption and heart attacks, experts emphasise the importance of raising awareness about potential risks.

Furthermore, the excessive caffeine content in energy drinks, ranging from 80mg to 300mg per serving, poses additional concerns for health. Compared to a standard cup of coffee containing 100mg of caffeine, the high doses present in energy drinks may exacerbate health issues.

Beyond heart health, the consumption of energy drinks has also been associated with dental erosion and an increased risk of mental health issues such as Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, particularly among children.

These findings have prompted scrutiny from Indian food regulators, who previously cautioned against labeling drinks as “energy drinks” due to irregularities in ingredients. The broader conversation around food labeling and regulation is reignited, underscoring the need for greater transparency and consumer education in the beverage industry.