It seems like every couple of weeks there is a new attention-grabbing headline about energy drinks, despite the fact that regulatory bodies around the world have deemed them safe. Even those in the medical community have been calling out the “sensationalism” around energy drinks. While there are many misconceptions the simple fact is, like coffee and other products that contain caffeine, energy drinks can be safely consumed in moderation.

In fact, energy drinks contain about half the caffeine of an equivalent size coffeehouse coffee. 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. Also, many of the common ingredients found in energy drinks occur naturally in other foods that we enjoy regularly such as seafood, poultry and grains, as well as plants.

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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