Blog #728 Energy Drinks – part II

More on Energy Drinks

So, more information on energy drinks from the caffeine informer – on the benefits of energy drinks,

  1. More Energy: The first benefit, of course, is the painfully obvious one. Energy drinks produce feelings of alertness, wakefulness, and productivity.
  2. Standardized caffeine amount: With coffee and tea, caffeine amounts can vary greatly and the amounts displayed in our database are only averages. With energy drinks, there is a standardized amount of caffeine in each can. For the most part, consumers know exactly how much caffeine they are getting, which is helpful for those trying to safely manage their caffeine habit.
  3. Fast caffeine delivery: Because energy drinks are served cold, they can be consumed much quicker than coffee, which is usually only sipped because of its hot temperature. Quicker consumption leads to caffeine getting into the bloodstream quicker.
  4. A variety of flavors: The flavor of coffee and tea does not appeal to everyone so energy drinks are beneficial for people that want a caffeine boost but do not like coffee or tea. Energy drinks come in a multitude of flavors and options.
  5. Additional supplements: Besides caffeine, energy drinks often contain other energy ingredients like taurine, B vitamins, ginseng, and glucuronolactone. These are believed to enhance their effect. While the jury is still out on whether they actually do, they may offer more of a long-term energy benefit rather than an immediately perceived effect.
  6. Refreshing: Because most energy drinks are served cold and carbonated, they have a refreshing effect on the consumer. For many, this makes them more appealing than other caffeinated beverages that are usually consumed hot and along with a dairy product.
  7. Convenient: Energy drinks don’t have to be brewed or heated, making them a quick RTD caffeine delivery product.
  8. More affordable than Starbucks and other gourmet coffees: With many Starbucks drinks approaching $5, energy drinks are a cheaper alternative. Some brands are only $1 and often convenience stores offer popular brands at 2 for $3 during special promotions.
  9. Faster recovery after exercise: Energy drinks offer a way for athletes to recover faster from exercise because of the caffeine and carbs they contain. Many athletes prefer a cold and light beverage after a workout opposed to a hot or milky one.
  10. Zero calorie options: While black coffee is zero calories, few people actually drink coffee black, but enhance the flavor with sugar, milk, cream, or even butter. There are many zero calorie energy drinks available that deliver the caffeine without the calories and sugar.

Just like with any caffeinated product, moderation is key and energy drinks are no different. Consumers should consume energy drinks in moderation or the benefits they offer quickly are outweighed by the potential harm that they could cause.

Energy drink consumers should be aware of their personal caffeine safe limit and can use our caffeine calculator to find out how many cans of their favorite energy drink can be consumed daily to stay within that safe limit.  


Comments – I tried the caffeine calculator from CaffeineInformers with these results:

McDonald’s Black Coffee
My ‘maximum daily safe limit’ is 3.8 16 ounce cups and my lethal limit is 94.1 cups!!

Red Bull
My ‘maximum daily safe limit’ is 6.8 cans a day (8.46 fluid ounce cans) with a lethal amount on 170 cans of Red Bull in a day!!!

Bigelow Tea
Maximum safe limit is 12.1 cups per day (8 ounce serving) and lethal limit of 303 cups!!    (As if I could drink 303 cups of tea in a day!!!!)

Mountain Dew soft drink
Safe limit of 10.1 cans a day (12 ounce cans) with lethal limit of 252 cans a day!!

But, if you throw in the sugar amounts (Red Bull and Mountain Dew) – my sugar limit would be reached very quickly!!!  The 12 ounce can of Mountain Dew is 46 grams of sugar – depending on gender and weight, the suggested maximum sugar is about 25 to 35 grams of sugar!!!  So I would max out quickly!!!

Posted by Bruce White

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