Monster Energy has dominated headlines in recent years, coming under scrutiny for inadequate labels and dangerous caffeine levels. The cans are sold at most supermarkets, convenience stores, and countless other retail locations.
What Makes a Monster?
Monster Energy Drinks come in brightly colored cans that look like typical soft drinks, but they contain anywhere from 80-276 mg of caffeine depending on the brand, along with other stimulants. Most Monster cans contain at least two servings, which adds to the confusion of just how much caffeine you’re consuming when you drink a full can.
The amounts of caffeine found in Monster Energy drinks were originally found through independent consumer testing, since the company used to classify them as dietary supplements, which means they were not required by law to list supplement information on packaging. Monster has since changed its packaging to include “Nutrition Facts,” which discloses the amount of caffeine contained in each beverage.
But caffeine isn’t the only potentially dangerous ingredient. Monster contains high levels of sodium, sugar, and twice the daily values of Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. And that’s not all; the classic Monster contains more than twenty ingredients, including taurine and guarana extract. Not enough research has been done on the synergistic effect of all these ingredients.
Monster holds a strong second place position in the market to Red Bull since its debut more than a decade ago. True to its namesake, Monster embraces a hard and mean image, imploring consumers to “tear into” the product and “pound down” the “vicious punch” that the drink offers. But that advertising has landed the company in some scalding water in recent years.
The Consequences of “Pounding Down”
Consumers of Monster have reported the following alleged side effects:
- Cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- Atrial fibrillation (“AFib”)
- Kidney failure
- Stroke or “mini-stroke” (TIA)
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
Adolescents and individuals with heart complications are at a significantly higher risk.
If you or a loved one have consumed Monster and experienced adverse side effects, call us immediately. The sooner you call, the stronger your case.
Youth on Monster
Although Monster and similar energy drinks can have dangerous effects on younger populations, the demographic remains a key consumer of the product.
According to self-report surveys in a study conducted by Pediatrics, 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults consume energy drinks. Nearly half of reported caffeine overdoses in 2007 occurred in people younger than 19 years old.
Still, young people show no signs of curbing their energy drink intake. The number of emergency room visits related to energy drinks doubled from 2007-2011, skyrocketing from roughly 10,000 to over 20,000.
Several lawsuits have been filed against Monster for its part in the death of teens. Read about them here.