Busting medical myths on energy drinks
Dr. Siegel weighs in
- Duration 3:19
- Date Mar 22, 2013
Dr. Siegel weighs in
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-- minutes after the hour on -- finally Friday morning many younger Americans consider energy drinks.
A must have for their busy lifestyles but those drinks -- -- being the best idea we just learned this past week.
At least one manufacturer no longer has to report the health risks associated with its product Fox News medical contributor doctor Marc Siegel is here.
I'd say give us more insight on a potentially hazardous stricter -- he didn't see your -- are serving -- -- and and what is the reason you think that monster.
Is going to be changing their labeling so that they no longer have to head to talk to the feds -- -- But first of all the idea that supplements.
And beverages on the same thing is fiction.
And the reason it's fiction is because.
That energy drink you just mentioned.
Is now saying we're gonna recorded as a beverage now here's the difference.
With beverages you have to put on the label -- your ingredients -- you put the amount of caffeine -- you have you might say.
There's a 160 milligram per drink but here's what you don't have to do you're -- as much FDA regulation.
If you're beverage.
And you don't have to report deaths that may be associated with a drink.
That's where all the controversy comes from because when people have died -- it's a lot of media attention.
And the energy drinks -- -- where are responsible for that so they would rather that it be listed as a beverage but supplements.
Are higher regulated and you have to report the deaths.
There's been a lot of increased scrutiny over these.
So very in even no show very and no sugar energy drinks that have been on the market -- Well that's absolutely right and I think that there is a problem with not just the caffeine in these drinks but the sugar and people don't realize what they're getting -- and that's why with a second one.
I would say that -- of the hospitalizations.
That are close by this 200000.
Per year and a 200000.
Hospitalizations per year have been associated with the energy drinks.
That's a fact and that's scary when you consider that the manufacturers are targeting.
Teens and youth.
It's not the same as with coffee you and I drink a lot of coffee -- I drink a lot of coffee -- -- coming on in the morning.
I no one what I'm getting with the energy drinks they're targeting my kids -- that may not understand the amount of caffeine that's involved.
-- so that's what I what I want to ask you next factor fiction.
Copy an energy -- so they won in the same.
They're absolutely not the same energy drinks as you just said have sugar in them they're labeled differently.
My view is that coffee is totally different than energy drinks you know why over the past few years we've had we found a lot of medicinal value with coffee.
Coffee is anti accidents in that coffee has been associated with a decreased risk of heart failure decreased risk of diabetes.
A decreased risk of certain kinds of cancer in crew including prostate and colon cancer.
Write and edit and there's several chemicals and these energy drinks that we don't even know how to pronounce the words on the back a -- absolutely -- is much more natural I was about to -- coffee has anti accidents in fact I am more and more will believer of coffee being very good for you -- -- you -- -- -- sugar and all that chemicals.
Is very -- for you.
So I would say out there -- getting up this morning have a cup of coffee.
Don't have your monster Robert rock star Red Bull I'm saying stick to coffee and exercise doctor -- thank you -- accurate decision at 647.