What To Drink When You Want Less Energy

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Drink manufacturers are hoping for a boost by calming consumers down. The Los Angeles Times reports on alternatives to pick-me-up energy drinks like Red Bull. One is Slow Cow, which is a Canadian drink that could go on sale in the U.S. soon. A California company sells a drink called Chill, and there's also Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Our last word is about entrepreneurs who are hoping for a boost by calming you down. The word is chill potion. The Los Angeles Times reports on these alternatives to pick me up energy drinks like Red Bull. One is Slow Cow. Forgive me if I tell you it's a Canadian drink that could go on sale here soon. A California company sells a drink called Chill. It contains chamomile and lemon balm. There is also Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda. It contains kava, a South Pacific root believed to be a sedative. Regulators have warned about possible side effects of ingredients in these anti-energy drinks. As for the taste, a fan of Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda describes it as sweet tea meets cola.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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