Just one energy drink can trigger potentially "life threatening" changes in blood pressure and the heart, warns new research.
The study showed that drinking one 32 ounce can of a commercially available energy drink resulted in more "profound changes" in the heart's electrical activity and blood pressure than drinking the same amount of a control drink containing the same amount of caffeine.
Researchers warned that people who have high blood pressure, underlying cardiac conditions or other health issues might want to avoid energy drinks until more is known about their impact on heart health.
They said that while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration generally considers caffeine in daily doses of less than 400 mg as safe, energy drinks often consist of a host of other ingredients.
With more than 500 types of energy drinks on the market, there has been an increase in energy-drink-associated hospital visits and even deaths, prompting questions about their safety.
(New York Post)