Food Safety Issues/Are these safe to drink?

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Hello.  I found these 'Mana Potion' drinks online (I'm a nerdy gamer, hehe), and they have high amounts of caffeine, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12.  Here's the link: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/a273/

And here's the link to the nutritional information: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/a273/detail/

I would like to buy them, but the amounts of caffeine and those two vitamins seems absurdly high, and I'm not sure if it's safe to ingest that much of any of those all at once, much less do it continuously.  Seeing how small they are, I assume they're meant to be ingests similarly to shots; i.e.: all at once.  Advice and/or information about this would be helpful.  Thank you in advance for your time.

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Hi Kyel,

You are right to be concerned about energy drinks and their long-term affects when consuming massive amounts of nutrients not normally consumed in a regular diet. While I understand your desire to remain alert for long periods of time while gaming (I have 2 sons so understand completely) there are downsides to massive consumption of any nutrient beyond what the body needs for proper functioning.  After all, even drinking too much water can kill you!

I am not a physician nor a dietitian so am not licensed to make recommendations when it comes to nutricuticals or medicines. My area of expertise is food safety. I understand why you posed the question to me (after all you are asking about the safety of a food) but I answer questions related to food handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illnesses. For advice and recommendations on nutrient safety I suggest you pose your question to a friend of mine and fellow AllExpert, Laurie Beebe, MS, RD.  She should be able to give you sound advice on the upsides and downsides to consuming the nutrients found in these energy-type drinks.

Contact Laurie at http://www.allexperts.com/user.cgi?m=4&expID=108729&catID=939

Good luck Kyel and if you should have any food safety questions I'll be happy to answer them for you.

Carol  

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Carol Schlitt

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I can answer questions on home food safety, sanitation and home food preservation.

Experience

I am a former Extension educator, nutrition, wellness and food safety, having retired August 1, 2010. I am a food safety instructor for the Illinois Department of Public Health, a ServSafe Instructor/Proctor and have my own company, Safe & Savory Solutions, Inc - www.safeandsavorysolution.com

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National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (Past President and current Historian), St. Louis Culinary Society.

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BS - University of Illinois MS - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

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