Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Looking for Caffeine?

So what makes an energy drink energetic? The usual presumption is that it is caffeine. But if that is so, what is the best kind of beverage to drink to get that little boost? The answer, not surprisingly, is coffee! Herewith a selective listing of different beverages showing their caffeine content per fluid ounce:

Drink
Caffeine: mg per fluid ounce
As % of Brewed Coffee
Brewed Coffee
13.4
100.0
Mate
10.6
79.1
Red Bull
9.5
70.9
Instant Coffee
7.1
53.0
Instant Tea
3.2
23.9
Pepsi
3.2
23.9
Green Tea
3.1
23.1
Coke Classic
2.8
20.9

My source for this is energyfiend.com (link). Gatorade, often considered the energy drink for athletes, is not on the list because it contains no caffeine at all. Gatorade is designed to replace the salts lost in sweating. Mate, sometimes spelled maté, is a tea derived from the Latin American herb called yerba mate. Not surprisingly, it is drunk down there as if it were, well, like coffee…

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