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Are Energy Drinks Safe?

If you're like most people, you reach for a cup of coffee every morning, since the caffeine can give your brain that get-up-and-go you need to wake up from a night of sleep. Recently though, energy drinks like Red Bull and Rockstar are becoming more popular, since they also give people the buzz they're after.

There are so many different kinds now and they all contain caffeine, but do they contain more than a person should consume in a day? To find out

Check out this chart to see how these caffeinated beverages compare.

Drink Amount of Caffeine
8.3 oz Red Bull 80mg
16 oz Monster 150mg
16 oz. Rockstar 160mg
16 oz. Rockstar Punched 240mg
16 oz. Full Throttle 142mg
16 oz. Burn 199mg
12 oz. Coca-Cola 29mg
12 oz Diet Coke 38mg
16oz. Grande cup of Starbucks Coffee 330mg
1 oz. Starbucks Espresso 75mg
8 oz. Organic Black Tea 65mg
16 oz. Starbucks Hot Chocolate 25mg

For the average person, up to 300mg of caffeine a day is considered a safe amount to consume. If you have too much each day, it could affect your sleep patterns, heart rate, blood pressure, cause headaches, or cause a woman to give birth to a smaller baby. As you can see from the chart, energy drinks contain far less caffeine than a Grande cup of Starbucks coffee, which exceeds the recommended daily amount. Most people don't realize how much caffeine they're getting, whether through coffee, soda, or energy drinks, because the amount of caffeine is often not on the container. So if you love caffeine, it's best to limit yourself to one energy drink, or go for a smaller cup of coffee.

Fit's Tips: If you find that you're often tired all day and need a boost, drinking a caffeinated drink is only a temporary fix. In order to have energy all day, make sure you're getting enough sleep each night, getting enough protein, and exercising regularly.

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