Orange-Spiced Tea with Organic Lime-Maté Boost

Energy shots, like energy drinks, are regulated as dietary supplements

Orange-Spiced Tea with Organic Lime-Maté Boost  Makes 1 serving; about 120 mg caffeine by Kate Heyhoe If you prefer tea to coffee and savory to sweet, this is the bumped-up brew for you. One cup packs more than twice the caffeine of regular black tea, with a balanced citrusy taste that's neither bitter nor sweet. The sophisticated flavor is one that's good to sip on, and the brew surpasses coffee when it comes to the morning jolt. The Guayaki Yerba Mate Organic Energy Shot is a … [Read more...]

Canada Caps Energy Shots at 200mg


The Canadian Government has placed caffeine limits on so-called “energy shots” as part of an overhaul of its clasification system for the sub-category. Micro-sized caffeine drinks are now allowed a maximum of 200mg of caffeine per shot, after the change came into effect on Tuesday (5 February), Health Canada said. Manufacturers must also clearly label the amount of caffeine and other active ingredients in each product. More details … [Read more...]

Guarana Profile

Scan the label on an energy drink or energy shot, and you'll likely see guarana: an ingredient twice as caffeinated as coffee, and a natural product of the Amazon. For centuries, natives there have used it medicinally, to suppress appetite, and for extending physical endurance. What is guarana? The substance hails from the seeds of the guaraná plant, hence the name. Guaranine is the term for the caffeinated element in guarana, which is chemically identical to caffeine in coffee, tea and … [Read more...]

Profile: Energy Drinks and Shots

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We tend to think that more is better, but that's not the case with caffeine. Caffeine is a biphasic drug; low to moderate doses are considered safe, while high doses can create adverse effects. Energy drinks range from moderate to extremely high levels of caffeine. What are energy drinks? The term "energy drink" is a beverage-marketing category. The FDA classifies energy drinks (and energy shots) as "dietary supplements." They contain caffeine and other ingredients intended to boost … [Read more...]

Energy Drinks: The Whole Story

Caffeine is safe in low doses, but high doses are risky

Are energy drinks as safe as a cup of coffee? It depends. Consider this... Both statements are true: Energy drinks contain only as much caffeine as coffee Energy drinks pose risks because of their high caffeine content Okay, so what gives? These sound like conflicting statements, but the devil's in the details. The energy drink industry likes to promote the first statement, which is partially true: ounce for ounce, some energy drinks really are as mild as coffee; but others are … [Read more...]

Calculate Your Caffeine


The infographic above shows caffeine concentration: it reflects the amount of caffeine per ounce – you can use these numbers to determine how much caffeine you're consuming. Simply multiply the milligrams per ounce (in the graphic) by the ounces in a beverage. *Note: Caffeine in coffee and tea varies; amounts listed are average.   Examples: Mountain Dew: (40 oz fountain drink) x (4.5 mg caffeine per oz) = 180 mg total caffeine Monster M3 Energy Drink: (5 oz bottle) x … [Read more...]