You can find them almost anywhere from grocery stores to gas stations to mini-markets. They are prominently displayed at the check-out counter and usually easily within one’s grasp.
With so many brands to choose from, what is the best one for you, personally? You will have to understand what the ingredients are to make an informed selection. There are possible risks associated with some energy products due to high levels of caffeine and sodium. High calorie count is another important factor.
Top selling energy drinks
If you base your energy drink decision on popularity and effectiveness, the top three are Redbull, Monster, and Rockstar. Redbull has the commanding market share at 43 percent. Monster has a 39 percent share and Rockstar comes in third with a 10 percent share. There are several other manufacturers with a one to three percent share, including Full Throttle.
Looking at caffeine and calorie amounts:
• Redbull has 76 mg caffeine in an 8 ounce can and 110 calories
• Monster has 160 mg caffeine in a 16 ounce can and 200 calories
• Rockstar has 160 mg caffeine in a 16 ounce can and 280 calories
• Enviga has 100 mg caffeine in a 12 ounce can and only 5 calories
• Full Throttle has 100 mg caffeine in 16 ounces and 180 calories
Health effects of caffeine
One of the most frequently asked questions about energy drinks is the health effects of ingesting too much caffeine. The answer is very surprising because you would have to drink a nearly impossible number of drinks for the caffeine to be fatal. There are several web pages that allow you to enter your weight and favorite drink and they automatically calculate the total number for an over dose. Just for example, if a 150 pound person liked Redbull, they would have to drink over 140 cans in a day for a fatality. If that person chose a 160 mg drink in a 16 ounce can they would have to down over 75 cans in a day.
So, the chance of immediate harm is unlikely because of shear volume. However, drinking too many drinks may give you a bad case of the jitters and an upset stomach. Even the best energy beverage is no substitute for rest and nutrition. But what about regular daily usage of your best energy drink over a long period of time. Many health experts have expressed warnings about using the drink as a substitute for sleep and quality rest. Some experts argue that users probably don’t get enough of the right nutrition with heavy usage of energy drinks. Use your energy drinks wisely. It is not a replacement for proper sleep or food. Summing up the considerations for finding your best energy drink, you’ll want to sample several drinks for flavor. Many come in multiple flavors. Next you may want to set some limits on consumption as you will be spending between three and six dollars a dose. Set a budget