The recent edition of Scientific American had a good graphic explaining the caffeine content of the foods and drinks we consume. To most peoples surprise, Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy are not the biggest offenders. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts give a lot more caffeine than almost anything else we consume (and home coffee for that matter).
So…..best to keep an eye on your caffeine consumption so you are aware. We have published a nice list in THE DIETS…PAGE 8.
Energy drinks have gotten bad press recently, with reports of deaths of young people potentially linked to their consumption. Although this seems obvious to many people that such drinks are dangerous, as they contain high dosages of caffeine, when you compare their caffeine content to regular coffee, they really are lacking in high levels that would be a concern.
For instance, a can of Red Bull has 80mg of caffeine, as compared to:
Cup of regular coffee (5 oz) 134mg
Starbucks Grande with 330mg
In the latest report of the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), caffeine amounts up to 500mg are recommended as safe to consume over a several hour period, providing a reasonable ‘caffeine speed limit’ for your children as regards safety and these beverages.