Doctors urge FDA to limit caffeine content in energy drinks

Doctors urge FDA to limit caffeine content in energy drinks

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Energy drink makers say that  their product are entirely safe, and the amounts of caffeine in each drink are the same as other caffeinated beverages, such as coffee. (Photo courtesy www.trippmd.com)
Energy drink makers say that their product are entirely safe, and the amounts of caffeine in each drink are the same as other caffeinated beverages, such as coffee. (Photo courtesy www.trippmd.com)

A group of health experts urged the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday to take action and protect teens from the possible risks of drinking large amounts of caffeine from energy drinks, The New York Times reported.

“There is evidence in the published scientific literature that the caffeine levels in energy drinks pose serious potential health risks,” the group of 18 doctors, researchers and public health officials wrote in a letter to Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the FDA commissioner.

In the letter, the group stated that energy drink manufacturers have not shown the ingredients of their product to be safe, especially when it comes to how they market their products towards young children and teens. The group wants the FDA to restrict the drinks’ caffeine content and mandate that manufacturers include the caffeine content on the products’ labels.

Read more about what experts say about the caffeine in energy drinks at FOX News.