Energy drinks are the latest caffeinated beverages on the market and claim to provide energy beyond that of coffee beverages. What makes them different?
Beyond varying levels of caffeine, energy drinks contain additional supplements that include B vitamins, ginseng, guarana, taurine, and gingko biloba. Many of these supplements are considered healthy and do provide some additional energy. Often other ingredients such as green tea and green coffee extracts are included. These items generally provide additional sources of caffeine. Sugar is the other primary ingredient and is included in amounts often as high as that of a large soda. This can result in a quick lift in short-term energy, but not much more of a lasting effect than a cup of your favorite Joe.
As with all caffeinated beverages, know what your tolerances are and respect its effect upon you.