The states of Oregon, Washington and Vermont have all filed a lawsuit against, who else, but the makers of 5-Hour Energy.
The suit was filed by each state saying the the makers of the caffeinated energy drink put out deceiving advertisement to its customers, according to Reuters.
“Plainly and simply, in Oregon you cannot promote a product as being effective if you don’t have sufficient evidence to back up your advertising claims,” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
Oregon claims that 5-Hour Energy claims to have a mixture of ingredients that gives those who drink it an extra boost of energy. However, the only ingredient in 5-Hour Energy that does that is a concentrated dose of caffeine.
Investigations on energy drinks, like 5-Hour, began in 2012 and many states are beginning to take a closer look at the popular beverages.
Do you know what your energy drink manufacturers aren’t telling you?
Here are the top ten things you need to know about energy drinks.
What regulations? There are none! Not for energy drink manufacturers, anyway. The makers of sodas are limited to 71 mg of caffeine per every 12 oz. soda. Energy drinks do not currently have a regulation on the amount of caffeine allowed in their drinks.
9. Do You Know?
According to Villanova University, most energy drinks can have as much caffeine as 14 cans of soda. (Gross, right?) In fact, to hide this information, most energy drinks don’t even display their caffeine content on the can.
8. They’ve been banned
Three countries (Norway, Denmark and Uruguay) have banned Red Bull. This is because of the negative health effects the drink has proven to cause.
7. Red Bull and Vodka
The popular bar drink can (and has been proven) be deadly. Because the energy drink is a stimulant and vodka (alcohol in general) is a depressant (both are diuretics), the two working against each other can cause large scale dehydration as well as bursts of energy, which will ultimately cause more drinking.
6. Energy drinks and Working Out
Many people work out after they’ve been drinking an energy drink. They do this in order to have an explosive and intense workout. However, drinking an energy drink before your workout can cause an increase in blood pressure and can over stimulate your nervous system and your heart. This behavior can cause heart attack.
If you ingest too many energy drinks it can actually cause headaches. This is because once your body has gotten that amount of caffeine, it begins to withdraw, in need of caffeine. If you change the amounts of caffeine you get each day can also cause headaches that occur often.
4. Can’t sleep?
According to Caffeine Informer, energy drinks can do a good job of keeping people awake. Maybe too good of a job...Sometimes, if energy drinks are abused, people can actually encounter insomnia and not be able to sleep at all.
Not only do you risk heart attack, addiction to the drink, those who drink energy drinks can also develop Type 2 diabetes. The amount of sugar that the drinks contain can wear out the insulin producing cells in your body’s pancreas.
2. Under the Influence
Energy drinks, like 5-hour, can interact with your prescription medication and make people rather sick. It has also been proven that young adults who drink energy drinks are more likely to take risks. Children who were “under the influence” of caffeine were more likely to become injured or take part in illegal activity.
The concentrated caffeine in energy drinks can cause great anxiety in those who drink them. Studies have shown that a small amount (250 mL) is enough to increase anxiety in a young man. It can also cause the person who is drinking the energy drink to shake. Energy drinks can even cause someone to become emotionally unstable.