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Are You Overdosing on Caffeine With Energy Drinks?

Based on some serious reports, attorneys are warning food manufacturers to think twice before automatically adding caffeine to their mix of health-harming processed foods and drinks. Even though the FDA has taken little interest in regulating it, they may do so very soon, based on reports of caffeine intoxication that are growing by the day.

According to one review of records, a regional poison center in Chicago reported 265 cases of caffeine intoxication, with almost 12 percent of them requiring hospitalization (20 patients were admitted to an ICU). Because the average age of patients treated for caffeine poisoning was 21, I'm not surprised to learn energy drinks were among the primary culprits.

California toxicologists have also seen problems, particularly among patients who consumed the caffeinated energy drink Redline, promoted by its makers as a freaky scientific breakthrough and the first physique-transforming matrix to coax your body to burn fat through the shivering response. Unbelievable...

In the meantime, unfortunately, one method manufacturers can use to get around any future caffeine restrictions that may come from the FDA: Obtaining a generally regarded as safe (GRAS) opinion from a "qualified" expert.

In addition to the caffeine overload, it's important to stay far away from energy drinks and soft drinks spiked with sugars that raise your insulin levels, contributing to a host of diseases and accelerating aging.

Food Navigator February 27, 2007 February 9, 2007