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Food for Thought: Question: I’m looking for something to boost my workout performance, and someone suggested I try a highly caffeinated energy drink. Is that safe and effective?

Answer: Athletes have been using caffeine as a way to boost performance as far back as the early 1900s, and many still use it today to gain an edge. There was a time, however, when caffeine was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In 2004 the ban was lifted, but the substance is currently part of a monitoring program that assesses patterns of misuse.

While caffeine is considered a safe and effective supplement for enhancing exercise performance, some specifics should be sifted out before you go on a preworkout coffee binge.

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