Below are five facts about these beverages that you may not know:

  1.  A typical 16-oz energy drink contains 160 mg of caffeine. That’s about half the caffeine of a similar-sized cup of coffeehouse coffee, which typically has about 330 mg caffeine per 16-oz.  - or approximately 20 mg of caffeine per ounce.
  2. American Beverage Association member companies – which represent 95 percent of the energy drinks sold in the U.S. -- go above and beyond mandatory requirements by complying with the ABA Guidance for the Responsible Labeling and Marketing of Energy Drinks.
  3. Caffeine is caffeine, regardless of the source! Whether you enjoy a hot coffee, iced tea or energy drink, you may encounter caffeine through naturally occurring or added sources - or perhaps both. Whether naturally occurring in coffee, tea or chocolate, or added to beverages like soda and energy drinks, it’s the same ingredient.
  4. Energy drink labels contain a wealth of information for consumers. Leading energy drinks voluntarily disclose the total quantity of caffeine – from all sources – on a per can/bottle basis.  
  5. Cold brew coffee tends to contain higher levels of caffeine than coffee made with warm or hot water, and certainly more caffeine than most mainstream energy drinks. This is due to the extended steeping time during processing which results in higher caffeine concentrations, which can often be many times that of a mainstream energy drink.

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