Which caffeine is better health-wise: coffee or energy drinks?

Which caffeine is better health-wise: coffee or energy drinks?

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  1. Which caffeine is better health-wise: coffee or energy drinks?

    Energy drinks have very little long-term safety research behind them, while coffee has been used for centuries and has been extensively researched over the last 100 years.
    Energy drinks are more than just caffeine, but a combination of caffeine, amino acids, vitamins, and often herbs.
    Energy drinks are often high in sugar, while even sweetened coffee would contain less. A Monster Energy Drink has 54 grams of sugar, which is equal to 13.5 teaspoons!
    Coffee is an all natural beverage, while energy drinks are often laden with artificial preservatives, flavors, and dyes.
    Coffee is sipped, while energy drinks tend to be consumed quickly thus delivering their dose of caffeine quicker.
    Energy drinks are sweet and often fruit flavored, which appeals more to children and teens than does often bitter tasting coffee.
    Energy drinks have generated an ever growing list of overdose cases leading to hospitalization and even some deaths. Coffee, historically, has very few of these occurrences.
    Image Source: Caffeine Informer

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  2. Thanks for the A2A.
    It depends how much you’re going to drink and what you’re looking for.
    A lot of energy drinks have other ingredients in them which can cause shakes, aggression and/or a pissy mood. If you drink too much of this crap, you can wreck friendships and other relationships, and even get in trouble at your job.
    Many energy drinks, and many coffee type drinks, are also loaded with sugar. Unless you get a lot of exercise, you can find yourself packing on the fat if you overdo it with either type of drink.
    Some energy drinks — especially those marketed specifically for athletes — also provide electrolytes, which are lost when you sweat. Coffee won’t give you that, so if you’re looking for something to drink after a workout, you’re better off with a sports drink. Although you can absolutely overdo those, too.
    If I need to stay up for a day or so, say if I’m pushing a deadline, I’ll usually go for some high-octane tea with honey these days. If you like black coffee — or plain tea, for that matter — that’s better yet. I used to drink black coffee, but lost my taste for it some years ago. But plain coffee will give you the caffeine jolt without the calories of added sweeteners, or any other artificial ingredients that might have unwanted effects on your body.
    Note that if you’re looking at canned drinks, energy drinks are pretty high-profit items, so the manufacturers have a motive to make them as addictive as possible with various additives. (Just sugar is pretty damned addictive.) I don’t recommend using serious caffeine for more than a couple of days at a time, or maybe a week if you’re desperate. Go for coffee, plain if you can drink it that way or with just a little sugar if you can’t. Then when you don’t need the caffeine anymore, walk away and go back to whatever you usually drink. Water is best.
    Luck!

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  3. I prefer both for different personal reasons.
    Coffee is more of the natural caffeine drink which beholds less calories and supposedly provides more health benefits (antoxidants). It also has so many sources from around the world, allowing combinations of different flavours, meaning if I ever get bored of a coffee-bean type (which tends to happen), I change it.
    I also have the decision to have it in many different ways. 2 shots 6 shots of espresso in my latte? That’s possible. And so is a 1 shot black coffee or an iced latte for summer.
    With energy drinks, you have the general Monster, Red Bull, Relentless, and others in between, flavoured or normal. The sugary base versions obviously without a question provide a spike of sugar which is useful for emergency alert scenarios or all-night study. Sugar-free versions (which I tend to have) work quite similarly to coffee, but I only enjoy it for the compactibility, coldness and taste really.
    Both to me without the sugar have similar effect. I tend to have Red Bull Sugar-free when gaming in the evening after work and I’m too lazy to make coffee, and/or if it’s hot. But I’d also be fine with having coffee or an iced latte. They really work well besides what I choose.
    But ultimately, I prefer coffee because it to me has too many pros to pass. It also makes me feel a little happy inside, for no weird reason. And finally, it’s the drink millions of people drink around the world so it feels good to do so knowing that it’s a standard.
    Hope this helped.

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  4. Depends.
    If I’d like something to drink for a relaxed social setting and for variation don’t choose tea: coffee.
    If I feel like something cold to drink and I have it in the fridge: Energy drink.
    If I’m going to bed soon and don’t want anything to interfere with a good night’s sleep: Either will do fine, but tea is better.
    If I need to stay awake: Matcha.
    If I need to stay awake and there’s only coffee or energy drinks: Either will do, but they won’t make much difference.

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  5. Coffee is a huge source of antioxidants, and when drunk black, contains no sugar. No energy drink can claim to be nearly as healthy as black coffee.
    Coffee is number one source of antioxidants

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  6. I’m a monster energy drink fanatic. I have one every morning and it typically lasts until lunchtime.
    Spare me.
    I know how bad they are. We all die one day. Might as well enjoy life while you can. Some people enjoy coffee. I personally hate the after taste. Can’t stand it.
    So, yea. Energy drink for me.

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  7. I definitely prefer coffee not only for the taste (personal opinion.) but also because theres like how many tablespoons of sugar in an energy drink? I forget the number i just know its a very unhealthy amount of sugar, and i already use an unhealthy amount of sugar for cereal and coffee stuff like that, luckily i dont have a sweet tooth for candy or anything so my sugar intake isnt as bad as it could be but definitely more than i should. Im honestly surprised im not diabetic by now, but if i were to add energy drinks into the mix i think it would have adverse health effects on me, besides if you dont like coffee and dont want energy drinks im pretty sure they have herbal energy supplements atleast lots of people tell me about them and how much better it is than coffee or energy drinks, but im a bit old school ill stick to coffee, (im also against e cigarettes but thats cause if your gunna smoke may as well smoke the real thing lol.) im one of those people who actually enjoy smoking a cig and a nice cup of coffee, i usually buy my own beans and grind them myself and i make it slowly with a french press, nothing better than a nice hot cup of dark roast coffee with a bit of french vanilla creamer and a smoke to start the day. Gotta love the small stuff.

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  8. You can control the amount of caffeine in your coffee, but not so in energy drinks.
    Dont like your coffee too strong? Add less quantity of coffee powder, half a spoon instead of one. Or dilute it with milk to delay its absorbtion. Or have it decaffeinated (green coffee). Or use arabica beans, having lesser caffeine content instead of robusta.
    With energy drinks though, the amount of caffeine is fixed. Around 100 mg per can.
    This is the same amount present in a black coffee, but its better tasting due to excessive amount of sugar to mask the bitterness and hence even those people who aren’t accustomed to taking such large amounts, who haven’t taken black coffee ever, even they find energy drinks easy to consume.
    And whats the effect of such high sudden caffeine surge?

    Which caffeine is better health-wise: coffee or energy drinks?

    2. Excessive amount of sugar.
    Someone who has graduated from a latte to cappuccino to black coffee doesnt feel the need to mask the bitter taste of caffeine with sugars.
    But thats not true for first time energy drink consumers.

    Which caffeine is better health-wise: coffee or energy drinks?

    Thats 39 grams of sugar in a single can. Just to put things in perspective, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are 37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons for men and 25 grams or 6 teaspoons for women.
    So thats basically all your maximum sugar intake consumed in a single can.
    A black coffee user doesnt end up consuming so much sugar.
    Having said that, its not advisable to consume too much coffee either. There is research suggesting that consuming it late in evenings interferes with your sleep and results in more tiredness the next day, leading to more coffee intake, and the vicious cycle continues. Moderation is the key.

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  9. Coffee. Energy drinks are water sugar and often artificial flavors. Coffee is bitter yes, but a well brewed filter coffee is already much less bitter than an espresso for instance.
    But in the.end it is all that you’re used too.
    For me coffee, Everytime

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  10. Hell, no, I say as I take another swig of Monster Java Salted Caramel. There’s way more sugar, caffeine, and taurine in energy drinks. I wouldna be drinking one if I wasn’t so beat. I only got about 6 hours sleep last night in a tent, and it was raining when I got up.

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  11. It depends on the energy drink and how you take your coffee, but in general yes. Most energy drinks and black coffee have similar amounts of caffeine per cup.
    But most energy drink have as much sugar as a soft drink, which is where it’s negative health effects come from; the sugar itself, and that the sugar makes the drink taste like a treat, so its easy to drink one or more in a day. On top of that many energy drinks come in large cans that cant be closed, so they encourage you tondrink 2–3 cups worth in one go (others like Red Bull have reasonable sized cans that are equivalent to 1 cup of strong coffee)
    Black coffee on the other hand is bitter and harder to drink, so mozt people are unlikely to drink too much of it. At home mugs and cups are reasonably sized, and in coffee shops the ‘small’ cup is usually 6–12oz so also reasonable. You can add lots of sugar, but its rare that people chose to add as much sugar as there is in energy drinks, so coffee will almost always have less sugar than an energy drink. Adding milk or cream or creamer or milk alternatives will lower the caffeine concentration, but raise the fat, so this tends to make the coffee drink less healthy.
    However some coffee-based drinks available in some coffee shops (like Starbuck’s frappuchinos) can have as much sugar and caffeine as an energy drink, and lots of fat, so these are often as unhealthy or worst than energy drinks.

    Peet’s

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  12. I’m biased and will always tell you coffee is more efficient to help boost your body because there aren’t as many negative side effects.

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  13. I almost never drink either. I only remember trying an energy drink once and didn’t care for it.
    I drink tea for a caffeine source, and feel strange when I drink coffee, since I’m used to the moderating effect of theanine in tea (another active compound). You don’t get the same jolt with tea though. If someone really wanted that hit that a 200 mg of caffeine double-sized cup of coffee provides they’d never get it with tea. You don’t get the same stomach problems either, or the come-down from that rush.

    Eight O’Clock

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  14. Coffee, because it tastes and smells so good. Energy drinks taste like flavoured sweat, or the distillate from a fruit pickers underpants.
    I have probably had too much coffee.

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  15. Most of them are. If you’re talking about black coffee, most definitely. Refined sugar is, generally speaking, bad for your health. Regarding the sugar-free energy drinks out there, I contend that different artificial sweeteners carry different negatives (there’s conflicting data out there, but there are good resources freely available if you’re curious). I used to drink energy drinks and have since found black coffee to be superior. I tend to make mine using instant coffee, allowing me the ability to make it as strong as I need, and the absence of sugar means much less of an energy spike/crash. Additionally, you find preservatives and food dyes (some of which are strongly associated with negative effects). If you like the amino acids and vitamins some energy drinks contain, I would suggest you do a bit of research online and then buy the ones you want from a reputable vitamin seller. It’ll be a whole heck of a lot cheaper than getting them in energy drink form, I promise (although it will require a larger initial investment, it’ll pay for itself in no time).

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  16. I’m going to assume that by energy drinks you mean something like V, Mother, Rockstar, Redbull etc.
    These drinks contain sugar and caffeine. Many use guarana as it generally contains twice the caffeine of coffee per measure.
    Caffeine and related substitutes have one single purpose that can benefit you, which is a small shot (no more than 200mg of caffeine) immediately before an intense workout session. This can provide an energy boost and may increase performance for that session. It should never be used outside of this as it dehydrates you and makes you more tired and sluggish the more you consume. It should never be used within 6 hours before sleep, and never used as a means to “wake up”.
    The sugar content in energy drinks is very high. There are two reasons for this. First is that it is the main ingredient that provides the “energy boost” that the manufacturers claim. The second is that sugar is addictive and the manufacturers want you to buy more.
    Other ingredients such as ginkgo biloba and ginseng claim to increase energy and keep you alert, but there is no scientific evidence to back that up. Ginseng has been shown to decrease endurance and in at least one study ginkgo biloba has been linked to thyroid and liver cancers.
    In short, energy drinks only provide energy via a massive sugar hit. It’s best to remove them from your diet.
    Coffee isn’t much better. It is generally considered safe to consume less than 400mg of caffeine per day. Depending on how strong you have it that is around 2–3 cups per day. However, it does the opposite of what people use it for, which is to stay alert.
    Anywhere over 250mg of caffeine may cause nausea, headaches and will reduce the quality of your sleep. More than 1000mg may cause heart palpitations.
    Caffeine makes you pee. Which reduces the water in your body. Which thickens your blood making it harder to circulate. It speeds up your heart rate, but thicker blood makes it work harder so you tire easily. This makes you feel sluggish. So you reach for another coffee to pick you up, which makes it worse.
    If you are going through menopause caffeine can worsen your hot flashes.
    In short, coffee is not good for you either.
    What you need to discover is the reason why you want to drink caffeine. If it’s to wake up then it is one of the worse things you can do. Working on improving your sleep quality (not duration) will have a massive impact on your waking energy levels. Once you have your sleep system under your control, you can sleep 5–7 hours deeply and have full energy throughout the day. How to do that is outside the scope of your question but it is simple when you know how.

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  17. Energy drinks contain more caffeine generally as well as generally containing other energy supplements several of which are proven to have negative health effects such as taurine. Coffee generally only contains caffeine and is therefore healthier in moderation.

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  18. Neither of those. I drunk coffee for breakfast and lunch during any years. But finally it was a bad idea. Coffee and energy drinks hide how you are tired. And because you are always excited (even a little bit), you don’t sleep very well. It is a vicious circle.
    I stopped everything. I was very tired during a few weeks, and now I have more energy than ever.
    I take sometime some coffee after a great lunch or if i am very very tired and only if I must be very efficient during the day.

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  19. according to the Mayo clinic, the two products do contain about the same amount of caffeine. And as the Washington post reports, the country’s caffeine obsession increased with new market additions like energy drinks, which are more dangerous than your average cup of coffee.

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  20. I prefer Caffeine Gummies. Easier and faster way to power up, because I chew my energy. Punch’d Energy on Amazon.
    If I can’t get to my gummies, I’ll drink espresso or an Americano. I will not put my life in some Company’s hands with death in a can. Too many chemicals and artificial ingredients. Too much junk that’s just not worth it.

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  21. Before asking as to the choice between drinking coffee or ‘energy drinks’, one must first expand on the intention.
    What do you wish to achieve with any of these two drinks? Being awake? Health? Energy?

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  22. Coffee.
    Energy drinks have a lot of additives, most of them are sugars, some of them with hormone-like chemicals.
    I more prefer enough quality sleep.
    Thanks for a2a.

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  23. It’s perception. Coffee has been around for a long time and is an accepted part of our daily lives. Energy drinks are new and don’t have all of the same institutions and traditions around their use like coffee does.
    The effects from drinking energy drinks are very similar to the effects from drinking a coffee.
    They both contain caffeine, but typically coffee contains much more caffeine than energy drinks. Energy drinks are packed full of vitamins, which are great for you. Coffee is often consumed with milk, which can be fattening.
    One area of undisputed u healthiness is sugar. However, there are plenty of sugar free options for energy drinks – like REIZE for instance. Plenty of people add copious amounts of sugar to their coffee too, so you could make the same argument about coffee containing too much sugar.
    All things considered, energy drinks usually contain less caffeine, have lots of vitamins and there are sugar free options, all of which add up to a healthier alternative to coffee.

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  24. Depends on your coffee. Black coffee is almost certainly healthier than the majority of energy drinks, but coffee with a decent dose of cream and sugar may be more on par (health-wise) with a Red Bull or Monster.

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  25. Look at the ingredients of an “energy” drink. Most of them contain caffeine and an assortment of vitamins. Unless you happen to be deficient in any of those vitamins (highly unlikely) those vitamins will have zero impact on your energy level.
    Supplements such as rhodiola, ashwagandha, ginseng and beta alanine can provide a small energy boost along with caffeine. You may find them in pre-workout formulas rather than energy drinks.
    So don’t waste your money on what is basically Mountain Dew with added vitamins. If you want caffeine you might as well drink coffee. If you want something more you will have to spend a more few dollars on supplements or something that contains them.

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  26. It depends on your consumption. It also depends on how you enjoy your coffee. But mostly, a cup of black coffee contains almost the same amount of caffeine as in a power energy drink. And in an energy drink, you will get sugar as well. So, choose wisely.
    There are also better options in energy drinks in India these days. For instance, the Sipwise health drinks are healthy energy drinks with low to no added sugar. 1947 is their famous no sugar energy drink that can instantly lift up your mood and energy levels. So, if you have been looking for natural energy drinks with low sugar, 1947 – India’s own energy drink could be your best bet in India!
    Also, the 1947 energy drink price is quite affordable and you can order it online, from the comfort of your home/office. Why I am talking about this power energy drink in particular? Because I have tried this one and it is the best energy drink for me with all-natural ingredients that have lived up to my expectations. The drink contains inulin, which is a great natural source of energy. The caffeine in this drink is directly sourced from Nilgiri trees and its content in the drink is just in the right amount. This drink contains less sugar as compared to other famous options that are available in the market.
    However, in order to find one that suits you and your taste buds, you must try out the different options at hand. But always ensure that the one you are choosing doesn’t come with added sugar or other preservatives as it may cause harm to your body in the long run.

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  27. Coffee with caffeine is a healthier option than energy drinks because coffee beans naturally have a certain amount of caffeine while energy drinks which even claim to be sugar-free and caffeine-free have a certain amount of sugar and caffeine which can be more harmful to the body.

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  28. Yes.
    The ingredients in coffee are water and…coffee.
    Take a look at the crap they shove into energy drinks:
    Energy Drink Ingredients and What They Do
    While some of these ingredients alone in MODERATION can actually have beneficial effects, the inordinate amount that is included in one energy drink is absurd.
    Also with coffee you can control how much surgar / creamer you add. You have now control over what they put in these drinks.

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  29. Health problems, up to and including death have been linked to energy drinks.
    Even one energy drink can be dangerous, so I would say purely for the health risk, coffee would be better (safer)

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  30. The question: Why are energy drinks unhealthy but coffee isn’t?
    Well, “Healthy” is a subject of vast debate. Coffee is one of those things that swings between “healthy” and “unhealthy” depending on who is making the claim and what will get more headlines.
    There are differences between them, though.
    When you compare energy drinks and coffee (black coffee; coffee with milk and sugar is a very different animal), three things stand out:
    Caffeine. Energy drinks have slightly less caffeine than a cup of block coffee. Black coffee has 150–200 mg of caffeine. A can of red bull has 111 mg. Neither has a particularly unhealthy amount, but if you’re worried about caffeine intake… well, you shouldn’t be drinking either one. So energy drinks have less, but caffeine-wise they’re pretty much in the same range.
    Vitamins. Energy drinks have all sorts of herbal ingredients and added vitamins. Which… really doesn’t mean all that much. Most people in developed countries are getting plenty of vitamins in their daily diet anyway. Getting plenty of B vitamins might make the drink feel more effective, but there’s no real health benefit. Coffee doesn’t offer any vitamins, but again, you won’t miss them.
    Calories. Black coffee has effectively no calories. It’s water with caffeine and flavor. (again, when you add milk and sugar for your Starbucks chocolate milkshake thinly disguised as coffee, that’s a different matter). Energy drinks, though, have sugar and lots of it. There are those which have sugar substitutes, but those open a whole other can of worms.
    So, healthwise, that’s two draws and a win for coffee.

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  31. It comes down to preference. Coffee has at least twice as much caffeine in most cases and not really any artificial additives, but it does mess with the color of your teeth which is just another reason I don’t like it.
    This is not to say energy drinks are any better, I just prefer the flavor. All the artificial sugars and additives tear up your insides and can eat away the enamel and other things on your teeth. So all in all, it really depends on what you prefer. Coffee is more natural, but energy drinks taste better in my opinion.

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  32. Coffee because it is a natural grown commodity. Energy drinks contain un-natural chemicals that are extremely bad for your heart. An occasional one might be okay. But people drink them more than water. And that is not so good. Almost every country has banned them EXCEPT for the USA. You should wonder why and do some homework on how they actually affect your body.

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  33. Coffee. I know what’s in it. I don’t use sugar in coffee. I usually buy organic, free trade coffee. Energy drinks are mostly paying for sugar water.

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  34. Energy drinks generally contain high amounts of caffeine; often far more than in a standard cup of coffee. There is some evidence to suggest that the caffeine content of energy drinks can actually be very harmful to our health.
    Take a look at our infographic for more info 🙂

    Which caffeine is better health-wise: coffee or energy drinks?

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  35. Hi,
    But despite this “special blend” of ingredients, studies suggest energy drinks don’t boost attention any better than a cup of coffee does. Even just one 16-ounce energy drink can increase blood pressure and stress hormones and could put a healthy young adult at risk for heart damage, concludes a 2015 Mayo Clinic study.

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  36. Energy drinks may be unhealthy if they contain copious amounts of sugar. The sugar free ones are pretty healthy(contrary to popular belief).

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  37. Because with coffee you get caffeine without unneccessary sugar and other chemicals you get in almost every energy drink.
    Its also harder to “over-dose” with black coffee than is to do it with energy drink. I remember being so addicted to energy drinks that I had to drink 2–4 cans in order to function properly though out the day.

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  38. The source of caffeine doesn’t matter. It’s how much total that counts. Too much can wire you up to the point of having heart palpitations, being overly excitable, and unable to sleep.
    Here’s a link that will give you the caffeine of many beverages.
    Caffeine Content of Drinks

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  39. I think it depends. If we’re talking black coffee or coffee with a small amount of cream, and comparing that to a sugar-laden energy drink, then the coffee is better hands-down.
    The danger of energy drinks is because of the sheer amount of sugar and caffeine per serving and the fact that energy drink cans are typically 2.5 or more servings. If you open up an energy drink and you drink the whole thing you’re getting a huge shot of blood sugar and a large dose of caffeine. With the coffee you’re simply getting caffeine and also coffee itself has antioxidants in it. even diet energy drinks pose a risk because most of them have such a high amount of caffeine and people don’t usually stop with one.
    If you drink three or four cups of coffee you might be getting the amount of caffeine in one energy drink. again though it is s…

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  41. It’s mostly buzz that’s on about coffee having less additives and sugar which makes it the healthier choice to get your caffeine. It’s more natural than combining a bunch of chemical/sugars/vitamins/etc into a fizzy beverage that’s often also packed with sugar. I think they’re facing the current “anti-sugar” campaign which people are claiming are responsible for obesity and higher mortality risk in general. What I find is that claims are often more alarming in nature than actually dangerous, if you live by a mantra of moderation you could balance anything in, I’d say having an occasional sugary beverage is still less harmful than something like smoking, or even tanning.
    Idk, I still drink about 1 per workday and my health is fine, I like the ones with no artificial colors, no sugar, and high caffeine content. 300 mg is where I’m at this morning! However, keep in mind I have the tolerance built. I’m still planning on having an afternoon coffee to help me finish up work too.

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  42. I read an article on energy drinks. They contain a large amount of Caffeine. It mentioned construction workers working outside in high temperatures passing out and ending up in the hospital.
    “Physical labor can work up a thirst, but for one construction worker, his choice of beverage led to severe liver problems.
    According to a case study published in the BMJ, the 50-year-old man landed in the hospital with an array of mysterious symptoms after consuming four to five energy drinks a day over the course of several weeks.
    He’d been experiencing abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting – symptoms he at first chalked up to the flu – but when his urine turned dark and his skin began to take on a yellow tinge, he headed to the emergency room. Doctors questioned him about his food, drink, recreational drug and supplement habits. While he said he didn’t drink alcohol, smoke or use drugs, he had been consuming as many as five energy drinks a day – a red flag for the doctors treating him. They knew of one other case reported previously showing liver damage due to over-consumption of energy drinks.”

    Victor Allen’s

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  43. I think this definitely depends on your choice of coffee and your choice of energy drink. Unless you are talking of some very specific extreme drinks, Coffee has a much higher caffeine content than Energy drinks. A 12 ounce Starbucks Pike Place roast has 260mg of caffeine – compared to the 160-170mg found in a Monster drink. Some drinks, like the Lo Carb Rockstar drink has 240mg of caffeine – slightly more than a coffee, but 8 ounces of espresso has a whopping 600mg. So, it is hard to measure them all out based on their caffeine content.
    Based on which has more nutrients, coffee is very well known as being healthy. Coffee can help with chronic tinnitus, lower chances of suicide by over 50 percent , help fend off skin cancer , and many many more helpful issues.
    Energy drinks can be great if you know what you are looking for health-wise too. Many have electrolytes to help with long workouts, or or packed with vitamins and nutrients, have amino acids and minerals like Ginko Biloba and Coenzyme Q to help brain function.
    If you are thinking about calories, you are also not in much luck. Many full-caloric energy drinks (many have diet versions of their drinks now as well) can have up to 300 calories a can, but compare that against the Grande Caramel Frappucino, which clocks in at 410 calories in a similarly sized amount. While your Red Bull might have a lot of sodium, the creamed and sugared coffee will be packed full of saturated fat and a ton of cholesterol.
    So it really depends on your tastes – you can go just as good, or as bad as you want in both categories.

    Dunkin’

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  44. Coffee—and strong black coffee, specifically. Coffee—has lots of benefits and few, if any, downsides. I drink coffee from the time I get up to the time I go to bed…I sleep fine and I am quite full of energy. Here is but ONE of many articles on the wonder beverage that coffee is—-
    7 ways that drinking coffee is connected to better health and a longer life
    “Energy” drinks, on the other hand and IMHO, are one more way to get sugar and a number of unneeded chemicals into one’s body while fleecing the public out of money.
    The following is from LIVESTRONG—It is pretty much straight forward reporting on Red Bull ingredients—the areas emphasized are by me—-to let you know just how crappy “energy” drinks are.
    Red Bull energy drink is designed to increase performance during physical and mental exertion. Red Bull claims its products increase performance, concentration, reaction speed, and vigilance, as well as improve mood and stimulate metabolism. Scientific studies using Red Bull and the ingredients in the product support these claims.
    Caffeine
    The active ingredient in Red Bull is caffeine, a mild stimulant also found in coffee and tea that can increase metabolism, concentration, reaction time and energy. Caffeine can be addictive, and withdrawal symptoms include headaches and irritability.
    Taurine
    Red Bull contains taurine, an amino acid that has many functions. It regulates levels of waters and salt in the body, as it can form into bile salts. It works as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain and can also affect learning and memory . Taurine is also an antioxidant and may play a role in formation of fat tissue. (Yeah, this is just what I want—to take some stuff that is going to screw with my memory and learning. The manufacturers, of course, want your memory screwed up…)
    Glucuronolactone
    Red bull contains glucuronolactone, a chemical made naturally in the body when glucose is metabolized. Glucuronolactone may fight fatigue and it is present in many energy drinks.
    Vitamins- I take a high quality multi-vitamin/minteral suppliment—most of which I may or may not need. My gerontologist and I had a long discussion—on the whole the mix is doing no harm and a fair amount of good. In genreal, however, a decently balanced diet—low in sugar and devoid of artifical crap—is better than some Red Bull—but then, Red Bull screws with memory and learning—except learning to buy more Red Bull and remembering to spend money on Red Bull
    Red Bull contains several B vitamins. Niacinamide, better known as niacin or vitamin B-3, is necessary for metabolism as well as DNA repair and production of steroid hormones. Calcium pantothenate, better known as pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5, is necessary to make co-enzyme A as well as synthesize proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Pyroxidine HCL, better known as vitamin B-6, is necessary for protein metabolism and the reaction converting glycogen to glucose. Vitamin B-12, also known as cobalamin, is necessary for metabolism, blood formation and fatty acid production.
    Sugars and Flavorings— OH—YEAH—sugar…Americans have too much sugar in their diet in any event…
    Red Bull contains two types of sugar: glucose and sucrose, as well as artificial flavorings. A sugar-free Red Bull sweetened with artificial sugar is also available.
    Other Ingredients
    Red Bull also contains carbonated water, artificial colors, sodium citrate and instol. Carbonated water provides the carbonation in Red Bull, artificial coloring makes it yellowish , sodium citrate is a preservative, and inositol, which is a carbohydrate.
    Besides—and yes, I have actually had both a Red Bull and a Monster in my time—and I mean JUST THAT—one can of each over the years…THEY TASTE LIKE CRAP.
    Yup—strong black coffee every time…

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  45. I’m not an expert, but I’d say it’s up to you and why you are drinking it. I drink 2 cups of good quality coffee in the morning when I get up because I like the taste. Very rarely, I drink another cup if I’m fatigued and have a lot more things I need to do, but I don’t do this often because I can’t sleep. I also don’t like the taste of energy drinks and I find too much caffeine makes me jittery and unable to concentrate. Caffeine works differently on different people and my husband can drink coffee and go right to sleep! Btw the saying ‘everything in moderation’ is a good rule to follow with caffeine.

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  46. Energy Drink has healthier benefit. Most contain taurine which can give your body a boost in energy that is healthier than caffeine which is found mostly in coffee.

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  47. Studies have shown that long-term coffee consumption causes an increased risk of hypertension , but it may reduce the risk of type II diabetes. It has also been shown that coffee has beneficial effects on other heart-health risk factors, such as cardiovascular diseases . Meaning that their antioxidant effects reduce the risk of coronary diseases in moderate consumption.
    In the case of energy drinks , it is advisable to take into account a moderate consumption due to the high caffeine amount found in these drinks. Also, remember that those types of beverages have chemical substances that are more prone to damage your organism.
    Energy drinks or coffee? A good cup of coffee will always be a better option than an energy drink. Take into account that the healthiest drinks are those that are organic. So do not hesitate to have a cup of organic coffee.

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  48. I’ve never consumed an energy drink. Given my heart rhythm issues, it would be a time bomb in a bottle. I’ve loved coffee (in relative moderation) since I was a boy, more for the flavour than the energy boost, although the pick-me-up effect is more and more welcome as I age. I drink it straight black: no double-double (or triple-triple(!?)) for this Tim Hortons-indifferent Canadian.

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  49. Energy drinks, they’re worse for you, that’s not why I like them, just a disclosure, but I prefer fruity drinks more often than rich flavored drinks

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  50. Which caffeine is better health-wise: coffee or energy drinks?

    Read the ingredients in the following image how many do you understand. What they are what they do. May be half?
    In coffee we have coffee beans a naturally occurring bean. (Coffee with out sugar as i drink).
    How what you think all the ingredients …

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  51. Oh dear. Coffee is much better for you due to its antioxidant activity and lack of artificial ingredients. Many food dyes are harmful to your health and are banned in many countries due to the potential harm they cause!
    An organic coffee would be an excellent choice rather than energy drinks.

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  52. Some energy drinks are comparable to coffee (aka low risk). Other energy drinks are different (different ingredients, dosages of caffeine, etc.). Some energy drinks have tastes which some enjoy which can lead some to overdo it/consume too much…producing unwanted consequences. Today, many energy drinks have cautions as to consumption. Too often those who get in trouble with energy drinks (2020) have either not read the cautions at all or intentionally ignore the cautions.

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  53. Energy drinks contain lots of sugar, which in the light of the present day obesity epidemic people should avoid. So no energy drinks please, also no sugared sodas either.

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  54. Extra ingredients.coffee is a bean.natural.you grind it up and make coffee.its all the additives and weird ingredients that make energy drinks toxic.

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  55. I drink coffee in the morning because I like it. Energy drinks seem like they would be more of a during the day type thing and I don’t usually need a boost later on. I’ve tried energy drinks in the past and I don’t like the taste of them. If I do need a boost I’ll have some tea.

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