November 9, 2015 (Toronto) – In response to “Increase in Norepinephrine after Energy Drink Intake in Healthy Adults”, an abstract recently presented at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015, the Canadian Beverage Association issued the following statement:
Leading international health authorities including Health Canada, US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have repeatedly confirmed the safety of energy drinks and their ingredients.
In addition to the limited length and breadth of this study, the validity of the conclusions is questionable given that it failed to account for possible similar effect from any other source of caffeine. On average, energy drinks contain less caffeine (80 mg of caffeine per 237 ml serving) than other popular beverages such as coffee (179 mg in an equivalent sized regular drip coffee). If there are any concerns regarding the physiological effects of consuming caffeine, there must be equal consideration given to examining the effects from all potential sources, and not just focus on one possible source.
The Canadian Beverage Association and its members support a responsible commitment to the manufacturing, marketing and consumption of their products. We are committed to providing our consumers with factual, science based information to help them make the beverage choices that are right for themselves and their families.
Further information on energy drinks can also be found on Energy Drinks; Canadian Facts and Information.