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Caffeine in Energy Drinks

Updated on August 29, 2012

We all know now that in most cases, caffeine is good for you in moderation. The energy drink business earns a whopping $9 billion year. Now, a probe is going on to determine if the companies are making false claims regarding their exotic ingredients. Drinks like Rockstar and Red Bull use guarana to add caffeine to a drink in addition to other sources of caffeine. Why is this important? Because it violate the law to have multiple sources of caffeine in a single can without disclosing the amount of caffeine. Monster and Red Bull have already been subpoena by the state of New York. Neither drink, nor do others, state the amounts of caffeine in the can.

Scientists will tell you that a person can safely drink up to 400 mg of caffeine per day, over that heart problems could occur. But, what exactly is 400 mg?

A typical coffee mug has 80-100 mg of caffeine, about the same as a can of Pepsi Max. A regular can of Pepsi has about 50 mg. Your Monster drink that costs around $2, has 160 mg, as does the AMP energy drink. The small 5-hour energy bottle of a few ounces has the most, 207 mg.


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    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting figures. And good to know.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      The baseline knowledge is knowing the amount of caffeine in a good size cup of coffee, which is around 80-90 mg. From there, you can make decisions about the amount to consume daily.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      To me getting caffeine from coffee is enough, and we drink a fair amount. Thanks for writing this hub to share with people how drinking too much caffeine is a problem.