CNN Contradicts Itself on 'Danger' of Energy Drinks
This just in: energy drinks could pose dangers to â€śpeople out there who have preexisting heart problems,â€ť but theyâ€™re still trying to figure that out.
â€śWell, we have another warning about those popular energy drinks â€“ the affects that it could have on your heart,â€ť said CNN â€śAmerican Morningâ€ť anchor Kiran Chetry.
On November 7 â€śAmerican Morningâ€ť reported on a small study conducted by the American Heart Association with only 15 participants. They concluded energy drinks â€śmay pose risksâ€ť for people with high blood pressure and heart disease.
But the study wasnâ€™t conclusive enough to say energy drinks are a danger to just anyone.
â€śThis was a report from a meeting presentation â€“ not a finished paper published in a scientific journal, and it is very small, and involves healthy young volunteers,â€ť Dr. Ruth Kava, Director of Nutrition, for the American Council on Science & Health (ACSH), said to the Business & Media Institute. â€śBut it would be unethical to do such a study in people with heart problems, since the hypothesis is that the drinks would have a negative impact.â€ť
Chetry referred to energy drinks as being â€śnot really regulated.â€ť
But remarks from CNN were contradictory. Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said, â€śfor the most part, let me be clear, it appears to be safe.â€ť Meanwhile, the bottom of the screen blared: â€śENERGY DRINK ALERT, BLOOD PRESSURE DANGER.â€ť
Energy drinks are regulated as a dietary supplement, which is defined under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. According to the act, the Food and Drug Administration regulates energy drinks as a food, not as a pharmaceutical. This is done so, despite the wishes of the left-wing group, The Center for Science in the Public Interest, which urged the FDA to act in a more regulatory role when it comes to energy drinks.
â€śThis can in no way be considered a definitive report â€“ it just generates a hypothesis about these particular beverages,â€ť Kava added. â€śI don't know what cardiologists tell their patients about high-caffeine beverages or what the limits might be, but certainly drinking several such beverages per day are unlikely to be considered a moderate intake of caffeine.â€ť