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5-hour energy drinkIt has been reported that as many as 13,000 visits to the emergency room has come from the consumption of energy drinks such as 5-hour Energy.  There have also been 13 deaths in the U.S. from drinking such beverages.  Since 2009, the FDA has received over 90 complaints, about one-third of the complaints were individuals suffering from heart attacks or convulsions (Owen, 2012).

5-hour Energy was created in 2004 as a dietary supplement by Living Essentials.  The beverage has a large quantity of sugar, caffeine (about 2 cups), B vitamins and Taurine.  The FDA is investigating this and other products heavily and has already banned alcoholic beverages containing high levels of caffeine as of 2010 (Owen, 2012).

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Owen, J. (2012, November 18). Health alert over energy “shot” drinks. Retrieved December 26, 2012, from The Independent: