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Energy Drinks

How bad are they?

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Hidden dangers in a can

Energy drinks are marketed primarily to teens and young adults, but plenty of younger children are drinking them too.

Unlike sodas, energy drinks are considered a supplement instead of a food, and are not regulated. Many don't even list the amount of caffeine they contain.

Energy drinks are an increasing cause of calls to poison control centers around the US. The effects can be quite disturbing, especially for kids and teens.