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Good Day Alabama for November 19, 2012

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for November 19, 2012:

BETH K - UAB nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us today with some answers about 5 Hour Energy drinks.  The FDA reported that 13 deaths might be linked to 5-Hour Energy Shots. Since 2009 the FDA complaints filed that linked the shots with some serious but not deadly outcomes including heart attacks, convulsions, and one spontaneous abortion (miscarriage). Caffeine poisoning is common in this country. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 3343 cases in 2009. While death is rare, it can happen. Death from too much caffeine is usually caused by irregular heartbeat or seizures. There are a few major issues with the 5 Hour Energy: Caffeine is not regulated and does not have to be listed on food or supplement labels; Energy shots are categorized as dietary supplements and are therefore unregulated; The energy drink industry is the fastest growing in the beverage industry; These products are aggressively marketed - particularly to younger people - and are essentially caffeinated water with excessive amounts of B vitamins and sometimes taurine thrown in. Yet, they are making billions of dollars; The effects of caffeine are well documented. We do not know the effects of the other ingredients - especially in these combinations. How caffeine is too much? For kids and teens, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no caffeine intake at all but certainly no more than 100 mg a day.  The recommended limit for adults is 500 mg a day. The research is not clear about how much is toxic because people have different tolerance levels. However, most experts would say 1000 mg is probably where many people would have dangerous side effects. Caffeine is absorbed very quickly and almost completely. So something like the 5 hour energy shot that you shoot back pretty quickly would likely have a different effect than drinking a cup of coffee or two over several hours. Some symptoms of caffeine toxicity are: Headache and light headedness, Anxiety and agitation, Tingling in the extremities, Confusion and psychosis, Seizures, Racing Heart, Nausea and vomiting.  And here are some facts for you about the caffeine count in typical drinks: 1 cup of coffee contains 50-150 mg, 1 cup of hot tea contains 40 mg, 1 can of Coke contains 35 mg, 1 can of Mountain Dew contains 54 mg.  Now, compare that caffeine count to those in energy drinks, 1 can of Red Bull contains 80 mg, 1 can of Monster contains 160 mg, the Mega Monster Energy Drink contains 240 mg, and the Rage Inferno contains 375 mg.  Dr. Beth K. says her best advice is to save some money and get your caffeine the safe and cheap way.  At the time of this report, no deaths from tea or coffee have been reported by the FDA.

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from the Shades Shades Valley YMCA with Mikal Thomas. Today, he showed us the latest exercises you can do for the week. For more information, call (205) 870-9622.

ASK THE GARDENER - Our expert, Sallie Lee joined us today with Ask the Gardener.  Sallie is an Extention Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extention System.  

BBB - David Smitherman with the Better Business Bureau joined us with some pointers on sticking to your holiday budget.... Every year, many consumers overspend during the holidays, starting off the New Year in debt. But not to worry! You can make this year debt-free by creating a holiday budget and sticking to it.  Although retailers are anticipating an increase in holiday spending over last year, that doesn't mean you have to spend more. Whether you plan to spend more or less than that average, the key is to set a budget and stick to it. BBB teamed up with Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions to offer financial tips to help you manage your expenses and stay clear of debt. To get started, check out our Holiday Planner Calculator <>, which helps you compartmentalize your holiday budget into categories like gifts, travel and food. You set the overall budget, and adjust it depending on your needs and plans for the holiday season. The main steps - make a list, set a limit, do your research, and plan your purchases. Go to to check out their BBB Business Reviews before you shop.

CLARE'S COOKING CLASS - Clare takes cooking lessons at La Tavolo in Chelsea to learn some of the basics and to learn how to make a special Thanksgiving Dinner for her family. Today she learned to make pasta with butternut squash. For more information or to get some help for yourself, contact Mary Jo Gagliano at

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama
, we talk with the ladies at the Butterball Turkey Talkline for advice on cooking the perfect turkey this Thanksgiving! Dr. Asa Andrew joins us for the last of his series on picking the proper options for you meals. This time he tackles dinner and shows us the best foods for us to eat! Clare's Cooking Class continues as we follow her on day two of cooking school. We bring you the latest buzz from Hollywood and Jeh Jeh joins us with the "I Cared Enough" program to feed the needy in Birmingham and give them groceries and medical checks!  Stewart Welch joins us with advice on your Black Friday strategy. And our wildlife expert joins us with a look at legal guns and some safety reminders in time for deer season! That and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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