Are Lazy Cakes Dangerous?
Even if the melatonin confections are kept carefully guarded , most medical experts suggest consumers speak to their doctors before trying these products. Some drugs, including sedatives, can be altered by melatonin. In addition, according to Dr. Phil Alapat, director of the Baylor College of Medicine Sleep Clinic, said the brownies can cause “signification sedation and cognitive impairment.” Alapat spoke to a Fox News station in Houston.
There’s also research indicating that melatonin reduced glucose tolerance for people with Type 1 diabetes; some men using it have reported developing enlarged breasts. Plus, medical professionals are concerned that the chocolate taste might encourage indiscriminate noshing – and added pounds many Americans don’t need.
Arkansas has banned the drug statewide, and there’s a push in Massachusetts to do the same.
For all these reasons -- from calories you probably won’t want -- to melatonin’s possible interaction with other drugs, speak with your doctor before taking a bite out of a melatonin-enhanced snack.
Robin Westen is ThirdAge’s medical reporter. Check for her daily updates.See what others have to say about this story or leave a comment of your own.