New Study Raises More Questions About Safety of Energy Drinks

(CBS) – A new study details the possible harm that could be caused by downing too many energy drinks.

People who drink energy drinks may think they’re just as safe as other caffeinated drinks, like coffee, but new research suggests otherwise.

A report, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests consuming four cans of energy drink can result in abnormal changes in blood pressure and heart rhythm — and the effect is much more pronounced than drinking the same amount of coffee or other caffeinated beverage.

Related story: Researchers Give Thumbs Up to 4 Cups of Coffee a Day

A typical can of energy drink not only contains 320 milligrams of caffeine, but also the equivalent of roughly 27 teaspoons of sugar.

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