Energy Drinks Besides differences in flavor, packaging, and ‘image’…
THEY ARE ESSENTIALLY ALL THE SAME!!! Similar amounts of caffeine Similar Caloric value Similar additives (taurine, guarana, B-vitamins) Same theme of bogus proprietary blends (extracts from exotic sounding herbs)
Most Caffeine Under a Lid AND (believe it or not) The Best Bang for Your Buck 24 oz Jolt Cola 420 mg Caffeine 0.89 cents per mg caffeine 18 oz Starbucks Coffee 405 mg Caffeine 0.92 cents per mg caffeine
What is the Best Bang for your Buck? (Bulk Purchase) 384 Tea Bags for $24.30 Amounts to.13 cents per mg caffeine 100 mg (typical dose) = 13 cents! By Comparison: 16oz 24 pack for $47.50 Amounts to 1.20cents per mg caffeine 100 mg (typical dose) is still $1.20!!!
What is the Worst Bang for your Buck? 8 oz Red Bull 3.06 cents per mg of Caffeine 5 Hour Energy (and basically all energy shots) 3.36 cents per mg of Caffeine
How HFCS Came To be In 1973 Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz “Fence Row to Fence Row" policy Government subsides reversed for corn growers. Made it profitable to make HFCS
Why HFCS? HFCS is cheaper than sugar Saving passed on to consumer Low cost may increase consumption
Energy Drinks: Positive Aspects Increased productivity of workforce Increased productivity of students Increased alertness of drivers Increased alertness of workers in high risk scenarios (pilots, air-traffic controllers) Helpful to night shift and military personnel Contain Antioxidants and B-Vitamins
Energy Drink Concerns Marketed to young people and athletes Regular Consumption: long term effects unclear Overall stimulant dosage impossible to know Interactions with prescription drugs Metabolites: potential false positives on drug tests? Diuretic effect is dehydrating for athletes Gastro-Intestinal upset Herbal ingredients not regulated/standardized
Contraindicated Populations Pregnant Women Elderly Individuals with Cardiovascular Complications Individuals Prone With Anxiety Disorders Infants!