Energy drinks are popular non-alcoholic caffeinated beverages that have been consumed globally for decades, however there are still many myths out there about their safety and effectiveness. Here are just some of the most common ones you may read, and the truth about energy drinks and their ingredients:

Myth 1: Energy drinks have more caffeine than coffeehouse coffee.

  • Fact: A typical 8.4-oz energy drink contains 80 mg of caffeine, while a typical 16-oz energy drink contains 160 mg of caffeine. Both have a caffeine concentration of 10 mg/oz. This is about half the caffeine of a similar-sized cup of coffeehouse coffee, which typically has 330 mg caffeine per 16-oz - or approximately 20 mg of caffeine per ounce.

Myth 2: Americans consume excess levels of caffeine.

  • Fact: The FDA commissioned an in-depth analysis of caffeine consumption among the U.S. population in 2009, which was then updated in 2010. This report concludes that, despite the growth of energy drinks in the marketplace, the average amount of caffeine consumed by the adult U.S. population remains consistent with past FDA estimates – at approximately 300 milligrams of caffeine daily.

Myth 3: Energy drinks aren’t regulated.

  • Fact: Energy drinks, their ingredients and labeling are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and all of the information you need to know is contained in the Nutrition Facts Panel. Additionally, ABA member companies declare the total amount of caffeine per container on their labels.

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