Local shop warns parents about dangers of popular energy drink for children

Published: Apr. 17, 2019 at 3:11 PM EDT
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MQT Nutrition is warning parents about the dangers of a popular energy drink called “Bang.” Recently, a fourth-grader tried buying one of the drinks, but MQT Nutrition Manager, Ellie Olsen, didn’t sell it to him due to the high amount of caffeine.

Each can contains 300 milligrams of caffeine, way more than the recommended amount for children. Now, the shop is hoping that other local businesses stop selling the drinks to children, as they can have adverse effects on young hearts.

"They're available at Wal-Mart, Meijer, the gas stations locally, but even at the big grocery stores the kids can check themselves out. So people just really have to be aware of how much caffeine is in them and how accessible they are for their children,” Olsen said.

MQT Nutrition refuses to sell these drinks to children unless they have a parent with them and are given the permission to do so.

The cans even have a warning label that says they are for people 18 and older.