Energy drinks are a popular choice around the world for individuals looking for a boost of caffeine on the go. Here are three interesting facts about energy drinks and their ingredients that you may not know:

  1. Energy drinks are non-alcoholic beverages that contain caffeine and other ingredients, such as B vitamins, taurine, guarana and ginseng. Some these ingredients, such as guarana, naturally contain caffeine, while others provide the unique flavoring found in energy drinks, such as ginseng.
  2. The caffeine found in energy drinks is the same as what is in your cup of coffee, boba tea or soda. Caffeine is caffeine, regardless of the source! The difference is the amounts of caffeine found in the product. Did you know a typical mainstream energy drink has about the same amount of caffeine as home-brewed coffee and less than half the amount of caffeine as a similar-sized cup of coffeehouse coffee? For example, a typical 16-oz energy drink contains about 160 mg of caffeine, while a typical 16-oz cup of coffeehouse coffee has about 330 mg of caffeine.
  3. Energy drinks also include sweeteners to help counteract the naturally-occurring bitter taste of caffeine. You can find energy drinks both with and without sugars and calories. Like many other mainstream foods and beverages, all nutrient and ingredient information (including the amount of sugar) can be found in the Nutrition Facts Panel, as well as the ingredients list on the back of the label.

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