It’s easy to be tempted by the marketing schemes of energy drinks, especially when athletes are trying to stay fueled and hydrated. However, it’s important to know that energy drinks are not necessarily a healthy, or even safe, way to hydrate.
In the following, USADA’s Special Advisor on Drug Reference and Supplements, Amy Eichner, PhD, shares five things you should know about energy drinks.
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This article was originally published on October 21, 2014, on www.TrueSport.org.