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Dangers of Energy Drinks

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Just this week, researchers say MRI scans found that energy drinks put an additional strain on your heart and make them contract more rapidly than normal.

Energy drink manufacturers have long argued the drinks are just as safe as a cup of coffee but that may not be the case.

Because you’re putting something in your body that is not regulated.

“A lot of people don’t know how to respond to those chemicals. It can be the same as coffee, but they're not labeled well and they're not regulated by the FDA," said Candy Steele with Covenant Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Steele says it's best to avoid getting your energy from a can.  She recommends getting back to the basics and eat a diet rich in whole foods and lean proteins.

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