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Caffeinated potato chips aim to boost snack time

Arma Energy Snx chips and granola are made with salt, spices, B vitamins, caffeine and taurine. The latter two ingredients are commonly found in energy drinks. A servings of Arma's kettle cooked energy chips contains about 70 milligrams of caffeine, about the same as an espresso shot. The American Academy of Pediatrics says caffeine has been linked to harmful effects on young people's developing neurological and cardiovascular systems. ARMA Energy Snx

(CBS News) Need a caffeine boost? A company suggests you consider snacking on a bag of chips or grabbing granola. But, these aren't just any snacks it sells - they're packed with the same caffeine that coffee and energy drinks provide.

Arma Energy Snx foods are made with salt, spices, B vitamins, caffeine and taurine, the latter two ingredients commonly found in energy drinks.

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CBS station WFOR in Miami reports that a serving of Arma kettle cooked energy chips come with 70 milligrams of caffeine and 290 calories per 2-ounce bag. A can of Red Bull meanwhile has 80 milligrams of caffeine and 110 calories. And that shot of expresso? It's only five calories. It's also not recommended for pregnant women and children.

Besides noting the calorie count, some nutritionists are questioning whether or not the chips work. Seventy milligrams of caffeine is about the same amount in an espresso shot, which isn't that much of a energy jolt, nutritionist Jo Ann Hattner, a nutrition consultant with Stanford University Medical School, told WFOR.

This isn't the only unique caffeine product to hit the market. AeroShot caffeine inhalers recently received an FDA warning letter for false and misleading statements about it's product that delivers a 100-milligram caffeine boost to consumers.

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