Honey Boo Boo Child's mom defends Go Go Juice on 'GMA'

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It shouldn't be a surprise that June Shannon is getting lots of flack for feeding her daughter an elixir of Mountain Dew and Red Bull, a.k.a. Go Go Juice, to keep her energized during pageants, especially after Alana's hyper catchphrases went viral thanks to her appearance on "Toddlers & Tiaras."

Now Shannon is defending her parenting decisions on "Good Morning America," saying that plenty of pageant moms use sugar and caffeine to keep their kids alert while they're onstage. "When [the kids] do get onstage, they have to be alive, and your personality has to shine," Shannon says. "You have to have something to energize their body."

While some parents use Pixy Stix (a.k.a. pageant crack), two bags of the candy weren't enough to keep Alana peppy. Her Go Go Juice contains the same amount of caffeine as two cups of coffee, but Shannon doesn't see a problem with that. "There's normal people every day that give their kids this, why is it such a big issue with us pageant moms that do it on a weekend to keep our kids energized?"

As "GMA" notes, too much caffeine can cause neurological and cardiovascular problems in kids. Dr. Drew recently tried a sip of the mixture on his talk show "Lifechangers," and became visibly shaken as a result. Sadly, he didn't utter any awesome catchphrases like "A dollar make me holler, honey boo boo child."


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