Facts About Energy Drinks

As the beverage market has exploded, so have the claims about metabolic benefits. Here's a look at the main boosts being boasted.

Energy Drink Stimulators: The Coffee Alternatives
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Stimulators: The Coffee Alternatives

Caffeine is the key ingredient, sometimes from ingredients such as guarana, cacao, or mate. Not an energy source per se, but a nervous-system stimulant that does provide a short-term boost. If the amount of caffeine is listed, here's a reference: An 8-ounce cup of coffee has about 150mg.

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