A Clinical dietician of the Accra Regional hospital Frank Ayimadu (RD) has warned the general public to slow down on their intake of energy drinks as it can lead to death.
Speaking with Kafui Dey on GTV’s Breakfast Show, Dr. Frank Ayimadu stated that excessive intake of caffeine puts stress on the liver and stops it from functioning well.
Energy drinks can kill you. People resort to things that can stimulate them or make them alert and in that event, they take in energy drinks that are a replacement for food,” he said.
Talking about how the caffeine in energy drinks damages the liver, he emphasized that there is no nutritional value in taking caffeine. “Taking too much caffeine put stress on the liver and don’t forget that the way the liver is supposed to use dejection. What we get from the food we are taking is similar to how the liver uses caffeine.”
“So, the liver is supposed to work on the food you have eaten but at the same time, because you are ingesting a lot of caffeine, the liver switches from using the end product of the food to work on the caffeine.
“The caffeine wouldn’t give you the nutrients that your body will give you to thrive. That’s the scariest bit about it and if you go above 10 to 20 grams, they say it’s a fatal dose which can lead to death,” he said.