Caffine in Your Energy Drink; Who Cares?

The caffeine debate continues to rage among experts. Most medical professionals agree that too much caffeine is most likely not good for your health. According to recent online article Consumer Reports found an abundance of caffeine in the most popular energy drinks. According to the article the Consumer Reports investigation found that most labels do not sufficiently alert consumers about the amount of caffeine included in their energy drink. Of the 27 popular energy drinks tested, 11 did not list the amount of caffeine on the label. Of the 16 products that did, five had an excess of 20% more caffeine than the label claimed. One actually had about 70% less. All of the products at one common denominator; they contain lots of caffeine. According to Consumer Reports deputy health editor Gayle Williams, this is a red flag. Safe levels of caffeine are considered up to 400 mg per day for healthy adults, 200 mg per day for pregnant women, and up to 45 to 85 mg per day for children depending on their weight. The most amount of caffeine per serving was 242 mg which was founded in the brand Five-Hour Energy Extra Strength. The lowest was Five-Hour Energy Decaf, which in spite of its name carries 6 mg of caffeine per serving. Caffeine can increase restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, and tremors. Increased amounts can also trigger seizures and an abnormal heart beat. Dr. Seify reminds patients who are considering cosmetic plastic surgery that reducing the amount of caffeine including energy drinks prior to surgery is important. Patient should go into surgery in their healthiest state. Triggering a rapid heartbeat through excessive caffeine consumption could cause complications prior to as well as after surgery. Breast augmentation patients, as well as patients who have had breast lift or breast reduction should be conscious of their body and how it responds to the consumption of caffeine. For some women who have more fibrous breast tissue caffeine can increase the presence of lumps and bumps within the breast tissue. For many women, controlling the amount of caffeine in their diet helps to reduce the chance of developing the lumpy bumpy consistency. Patients who are considering breast surgery are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify’s office and schedule a consultation.

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