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Leading Energy Drink Makers Under Investigation for Misleading Consumers

Energy Drinks

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  • The New York Attorney General has launched an investigation into the marketing and advertising practices of AMP Energy Drink, 5-Hour Energy and other energy drink manufacturers
  • The attorney general has issued subpoenas to PepsiCo, maker of AMP energy drink, Monster Beverage Corp., and Living Essentials, maker of 5-hour Energy drink, asking for information on their marketing and advertising practices
  • The probe is looking into whether the companies are overstating benefits from certain healthful-sounding ingredients while downplaying the role of caffeine; another issue is whether manufacturers are adding multiple sources of caffeine, such as guarana, but not disclosing the full amount on the label
  • Consuming large quantities of caffeine in energy drinks can have serious health consequences, especially in children and teens, including caffeine toxicity, stroke, anxiety, arrhythmia, and in some cases death; there are natural options for gaining lasting energy that pose no such risks

By Dr. Mercola

They're marketed as the fast and easy way to get unparalleled energy.


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