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LA lawmaker says no energy drinks for kids

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 2:27pm

Guzzling down a Redbull or a Rockstar is a common way for people of all ages to boost energy levels. But one Louisiana lawmaker says—these popular drinks shouldn't be for teens.

In fact, Rep. Sen. Robert Adley wants to make the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 16 illegal.

Some nutrition experts say these drinks boast as much as triple the amount of caffeine found in some soft drinks and contain potent stimulants that aren't always regulated by the FDA.

Experts claim the drinks have been linked to many serious health problems like irregular heartbeats and increased blood pressure.

One local nutritionist says regulating the sale of energy drinks will allow kids to find safer ways to stay up and active.