Step Away from the Energy Drink

November 28, 2001

Are you an energy drink fiend? You might want to think twice before getting your next fix. On Monday, the FDA announced that it was investigating five deaths and a heart attack that were allegedly caused by caffeine toxicity after drinking Monster Energy.


Caffeine isn’t typically dangerous. In fact, it can even be helpful for dancers! But when it’s consumed in excessive amounts or combined with additional herbs, like in energy drinks, caffeine can have harmful side effects, from insomnia to anxiety to heart problems.


The easiest way to stay safe is to get your caffeine from natural sources: coffee and tea. And cut yourself off at three cups of coffee or six cups of tea per day.