American Beverage Association

March 1, 2016

The Facts on Energy Drinks and Caffeine Remain Clear

Did you know that most energy drinks contain about half the caffeine of an equivalent size coffeehouse coffee? For example, a 16-ounce energy drink typically contains between 160 and 240 milligrams of caffeine; the same size coffeehouse coffee contains around 300 to 330 milligrams of caffeine.

There are many misconceptions about energy drinks but the fact is, like coffee and other products that contain caffeine, they can be safely consumed in moderation. In fact, just last year, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) confirmed the safety of energy drinks and their ingredients after an extensive review. And in the United States, energy drinks, their ingredients and labeling are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

America’s leading energy drink companies voluntarily surpass federal requirements when it comes to responsible marketing and labeling of their products. Not only do they display the total caffeine content on all products, they also contain advisory statements indicating that these products are not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women and those that are sensitive to caffeine.

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