How Does It Feel To Drink 14 Cans Of Soda?

May 10, 2012   37 Comments

Snack Girl recently got a question about Monster Rehab and she got excited. Rehab? Maybe Monster has become healthier.

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You can even sort by caffeine content.

Looks like the poor kid must have been drinking Monster Hitman Sniper at 240mg of caffeine per can. So sad.

I used to drink low carb Monster once or twice a day. One night, during a movie marathon, I drank two in a row. Yeah, I was up pretty much all night.

"Monster Rehab is actually a bit better than regular Monster because it is sugar free." Seriously? a) it does have glucose, which is sugar, and b) splenda and ace-K are NOT an improvement -… (sucralose is near the bottom) (wish I could find yesterday's dr. weil video where he goes into ace-k as well, but I can't right now. meh.). The caffiene is probably far worse in that big a dose, but....

Great post! I never drank energy drinks, however I just discovered Starbucks Raspberry Pomegranate energy drink. 60 calories for one can and is made with green coffee. The ingredients are things I know too!

I feel for you on these things. Back when I was younger I would guzzle a few energy drinks when I needed to spend an entire night writing a paper. I finally stopped the night my heart started racing so fast I thought I was going to die. I switched back to coffee, stopped pulling all nighters (...mostly...), and never touched the stuff again. To be honest, it doesn't even taste very good, but I think a teenager will drink anything fizzy, sour, and kind of sweet. Plus, the advertising on that stuff is amazing.

Advertising for crap like this really does make most teens/young adults feel the "need" to eat or drink these kind of things. I was victim to them as well.....ignorance is NOT bliss! Great post and blog, thanks!

Yuck! So glad I don't drink these things...

Great post! Very informative and good for you for making calls. This is an important issue. And you're right, because they are cold drinks, its very easy to over consume. I hope they do start putting a warning on these cans. 1 death is too much.

Though I never drank Monster or Red Bull, I remember drinking lots of energy drinks and Mountain Dew in high school and my freshman year of college...until my irregular heartbeat got so bad that IT was keeping me awake at night. I learned soon after that there is no substitute for energy like 1) getting enough sleep 2) exercising 3) drinking plenty of water and 4) eating well. And that's how I lost 40lbs my sophomore year ;)

Great post, on an important subject!

A recent Pediatrics Journal article reviewed the literature and looked at 121 scientific studies, government reports and media sources on energy drinks. The authors warn that energy drinks are under studied, overused and can be dangerous for vulnerable kids and teens.

As you stated, energy drinks escape FDA regulation by belonging to the Wild West category of dietary supplements. Dietary supplements require no testing, warning labels or restrictions. This leads to the absurd reality in which soda, with a moderate caffeine content, has to list caffeine content, over-the-counter caffeine medications such as No-Doz must carry warnings, adverse effects label and have a minimum age for purchase (12 years), yet energy drinks with as much as 400 mg of caffeine per container aren’t regulated at all.

The whole notion that energy comes from a can is false and silly. I agree with you about the need to talk energy drinks with our kids.

I've tried a few energy drinks and they all taste downright nasty... and all I got out of it was a caffeine high and a sugar rush! If I want that I can have coffee and a couple cookies (which is healthier than the energy drink anyway).

They're also so dangerous since they don't list the caffeine content. As little as 2 grams at a time can put you in the hospital... 10 grams has the potential to KILL you. And these kids will drink energy drinks and take caffeine pills with them... chew caffeinated gum... eat caffeinated candy and snacks...

Never tried them, and never gonna try them, great job on getting the word out about how bad they are for everyone, its sad that people have to get hurt, and even die, before companies try to change anything, and in this case the companies still don't change a thing.

Advocare has some great Energy drink alternatives. Full of great vitamins and minerals. The best selling is Spark has 120 of caffeine (…) however, there are some other energy drinks without any caffeine at all like V-16(….

Does anyone remember Jolt cola? That's what we drank as kids for lots of caffeine.

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I don't drink coffee or black tea, so I know I would not be able to handle the amount of caffeine in this drink. Terrible about that girl.

Why don't they regulate the amount of caffeine in drinks but not diet supplements?

Uggh, I really need to read before submitting. I meant to say: why do they regulate the amount of caffeine in drinks but not diet supplements?

Thank you so much for your relevant and timely post! Those drinks are scary! Just the other day I saw what looked like a pre-teen drinking a huge can of Monster. So scary!

Ugh I have to admit when I was in college a few times when I had to pull allnighters for project id drink this stuff. For college dorms a cold drink in a can is a lot easier than to go out at 3am to try to find a coffee shop that's still open. But the two times I drank this on empty stomach at 3 or 4 in the morning my heart started to race so hard I thought I was gonna die. Felt completely nauseas. Thankfully my natural self preservation instinct killed any desire to continue consuming that poison. I have never in my life wanted to drink that again. I find it ridiculous that the fda doesnt think its harmful enough to at least warrant a requirement to list caffeine content ugh

I also tried one of these energy drinks when I was pulling an all-nighter to finish my thesis. I sipped the can over the course of the night, didn't even finish it and my heart was racing and I was super jittery all through the morning. I felt terrible but it got the job done. That was my first and last encounter with energy drinks.

I'm about to graduate college, but I can tell you that these sorts of energy drinks were ubiquitous on campus for the last 4 years. I don't know how people can stomach them. I'm a coffee drinker, as a few people have mentioned, but the kind of jolt you get from an energy drink is WORLD's away from the "gentle" awakening from a cup of Joe. Kudos to you for trying to get to the bottom of the caffeine regulation mess.

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