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Two States Sue Makers Of 5-Hour Energy With Claims Of Deceptive Advertising

Both Oregon and Washington State filed lawsuits against the makers of 5-Hour Energy, alleging that the company has engaged in deceptive advertising tied to the ingredients in its drink. Other states are expected to follow suit, pun intended and totally appropriate in this case. [More]

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Study: All Those Special Ingredients In Energy Drinks Don’t Do A Darn Tootin’ Thing

You’re sleepy, you’re drooping, you need something to perk you up and make you pay attention. Oh look, there’s an energy drink touting a long list of “special” ingredients — that must be the magic answer? Well, not really, says one study: Even though energy drink makers might brag about awakeamine, dontfallasleepaurite or other “special” proprietary concoctions designed to keep you peppy, energy drinks don’t work any better than ordinary caffeine at helping people pay attention. [More]

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Study: 20,000 Trips To The Emergency Room In 2011 Linked To Consumption Of Energy Drinks

Following on the heels of reports linking ill health effects to energy drinks like Monster and 5-Hour Energy, a new government study says those beverages are “a rising public health problem,” and have been linked to 20,000 visits to emergency rooms around the country. [More]

More Experts Call BS On Supposed Benefits Of Energy Drinks

More Experts Call BS On Supposed Benefits Of Energy Drinks

The highly caffeinated “energy drink” market has been surging in recent years, as the makers of these beverages make claims that their products aren’t just substitutes for coffee or tea. But a growing number of researchers are saying that energy drinks are nothing special. [More]

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5-Hour Energy Cited In Reports Of 13 Deaths

Only a few weeks after it was revealed that FDA incident reports linked Monster Energy drink to five deaths in recent years, it’s come out that the heavily advertised 5-Hour Energy “shots” have been cited in 13 deaths and dozens of hospitalizations since 2009. [More]

Pepsi's Amp, Monster & 5-Hour Energy Drinks Under Investigation For Calling Beverages Dietary Supplements

Pepsi's Amp, Monster & 5-Hour Energy Drinks Under Investigation For Calling Beverages Dietary Supplements

What’s that? You’re not drinking that energy drink for its dietary benefits, but instead to stay awake after pulling an all-nighter at the office? That’s funny, because New York’s attorney general also thinks energy drinks shouldn’t be marketed as dietary supplements and that maybe PepsiCo’s Amp, Monster and 5-Hour Energy a drinks are being a bit squirrelly with how they sell their products. [More]

Is 5-Hour Energy Any Better At Keeping You Awake Than Coffee?

Is 5-Hour Energy Any Better At Keeping You Awake Than Coffee?

Do you know what 2:30 feels like? The makers of 5-Hour Energy may have made a commercial worthy of a Worst Ad In America nomination, but that hasn’t stopped the pick-me-up from being the top seller in the $800 million/year energy shot market. But our sensible siblings at Consumer Reports Health wanted to find out if the concoction was any better at keeping you awake than a cup of coffee. [More]