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Energy Drinks Really “Caffeine Delivery Systems”

January 7, 2013
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into the claims and ingredients of energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster Energy.

Their findings show that the only ingredient that produces an energy effect is the amount of caffeine in the beverage. Further, they say the drinks are of no benefit to the consumer.

The cheapest way to get caffeine into the system is to use NoDoz, which gives as much as a 16-ounce can of Monster Energy costing $2.99.

All of the studies on human subjects confirm that caffeine is the main ingredient. Caffeine is called the world’s most widely used drug. It is a stimulant that increases alertness and improves athletic performance.

Energy drinks seem to do more because they are consumed quickly.

The manufacturers also say there are no “crashing” affects after the drink wears off. Studies show that subjects are sometimes left extremely tired and in need of rest or another drink.

Energy drinks started in Asia to replace drugs in short supply after World War II. They have grown in popularity all over the world. Now their use is starting to decline in Asia.

The New York Times

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