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Energy Drinks to Replace Coffee as America's 'Pick Me Up'?


Posted by Ben S.

Energy Drinks to Replace Coffee as America's 'Pick Me Up'?

Coffee has long held a monopoly over other caffeinated beverages, but now it's facing strong competition from an increase in demand and sales of energy drinks. Consumers are starting to ask: Which is better?, Which is healthier?, and of course Which will give me the most energy?

Coffee is the original energy booster, containing enough caffeine to lift our energy levels and help jumpstart our days. Coffee goods are the second hottest item in the world market owing to these positive effects. Most of us feel as if we can not function without our morning companion;I know I can't go a full day without my Starbucks. But recent alternatives are tempting and getting more popular. Many friends of mine have done the trade-off and now require a Red Bull in the afternoon. I've been thinking of making the switch, so I did a little research.

I decided to compare my Starbucks favorite, Iced White Chocolate Mocha, to my choice energy drink, Red Bull (I included regular coffee as a 'control'.

Category

Grande Caffe Mocha

Red Bull

Coffee, brewed from grounds

Price

$3.69

$1.99

$1.50

Calories

340 c

115 c

2 c

Total Fat

9 g

0

0

Cholesterol

15 mg

0

0

Sodium

190 mg

214 mg

0

Total Carb.

55 g

28 g

0

Dietary Fiber

0

0

0

Sugars

52 g

26g

0

Protein

10 g

1g

0

Caffeine

150 mg

76.5 mg

94.8 mg

Vitamin A

6%

0

0

Calcium

35%

0

3%

Iron

0%

0

0

Riboflavin

0

86%

11%

Thiamin

0

4%

0

Niacin

0

108%

2%

Vitamin B6

0

106%


Vitamin B12

0

74%

0

Pantothenic Acid

36%

0

Source: http://www.nutritiondata.com



So what does this mean? I know that calories are bad, but what about all the other stuff? Which of these drinks is the healthier choice and why?

 
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great, very informative writing. Thanks for the info!
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