Energy drinks

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  • Updated:9 Jan 2005
 

04.Ingredients table

Ingredients per bottle/can 1
Brand (from highest to
lowest caffeine content)
Caffeine (mg) Energy (kJ) Sugars (g) Taurine (mg) Added B vitamins Bottle / can size (mL) Price per bottle/can ($)*
K-FEE Turbodrink (A) 130 343 13 0 250 2.3
WILD NRG 120 713 42 1333 3 375 1.7
RED EYE Energy Drink with Attitude Classic 106 868 49 100 3 330 2.1
RED EYE Energy Drink with Attitude Platinum 106 634 36 60 3 330 2.1
Strong instant coffee (1 heaped tsp), no milk or sugar 90 ‹20 0 0 250 na
B-52 80 479 28 1000 3 250 2.95
Cappuccino, no added sugar 80 260 5 (B) 0 250 na
NAUGHTY BOY 80 476 28 0 250 2.5
NAUGHTY GIRL 80 200 13 0 250 2.5
RED BULL 80 480 27 1000 3 250 2.65
RED BULL Sugar Free 80 34 0 1000 3 250 2.65
Short black coffee, no sugar 80 ‹20 0 0 100 na
BLUE OX Black Cherry 78 375 26 400 3 250 1.95
BLUE OX Orange Rush 78 450 26 400 3 250 1.95
BLUE OX Original 78 458 27 400 3 250 1.95
V Invigoration Guarana Energy 78 475 28 500 3 250 2.25
V Sugarfree Invigoration Guarana Energy 78 4 0 500 3 250 2.25
Strong tea (teabag), no milk or sugar 70 ‹20 0 0 250 na
RECHARGE by Sprite 66 528 30 0 3 300 2.1
DARE Coffee Shot with Guarana 64 466 17 0 200 1.6
SOLIS Adrenalin 63 683 39 0 3 350 2.7
COCA-COLA (A) 49 675 40 0 375 1.25
Weak instant coffee (1 level tsp), no milk or sugar 45 ‹20 0 0 250 na
PEPSI (A) 39 737 41 0 375 1.25
Weak tea (teabag), no milk or sugar 20 ‹20 0 0 250 na
LUCOZADE Sparkling Glucose Drink Original Energy (A) 0 924 26 0 300 1.6

Table notes

* Based on what we paid in June/July 2005.
na Not applicable.
(A) While these aren’t marketed as energy drinks, we’ve included them for comparison. A 375 mL can of Diet Coke has a similar amount of caffeine to Coca-Cola, and 375 mL cans of Pepsi Max and Diet Pepsi have similar amounts of caffeine to Pepsi.
(B) Mainly lactose from the milk.

1 Ingredients per bottle or can
These are the amounts given in the nutrition information panel on the label. LUCOZADE Sparkling Glucose Drink is a more traditional energy drink that’s based only on sugar (it contains no caffeine). The label says it’s “specially formulated with glucose syrup to provide glucose, the body’s preferred source of fast, effective energy”. We included it for comparison because it’s been around for a long time.

NOTE: table best printed in landscape format

 

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