Health wise, over the years, we have shared many warnings about energy drinks, with a special concern for young people getting too much caffeine. Now, for the first time, the FDA is investigating a growing trend of other products that boast an extra boost of caffeine.
While the FDA is already investigating the safety of energy drinks and energy shots, now it says it's time to look at the potential impact all these other new and easy sources. With caffeine in so many products, from jelly beans to potato chips, it all adds up.
"What does this mean for children, adolescents, and even adults who might have vulnerabilities to excessive caffeine? We need to get to the bottom of this," said Michael Taylor of the FDA.
"The least severe could be anxiety, nervousness, and high heart rates. On the extreme level have been seizures and death in some patients," said Allen Taylor, a cardiologist at Georgetown University.
Just this week, Wrigley's introduced its new Alert Energy Gum which contains 40 milligrams of caffeine per slice, equal to a half cup of coffee. A Wrigley's spokesperson says the gum is intended for adults, but of course it's one more product that kids to get their hands on.
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that too much caffeine can be dangerous for children, and can harm their still developing cardiovascular and neurological systems.
Meanwhile, the FDA is already investigating nearly 100 reports of illness, even death blamed on caffeine laden energy drinks, although critics argue no definite link has been proven.
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