There is a lot of misinformation about energy drinks, especially as it relates to the amounts of caffeine contained in the products and how they are regulated. The vast majority of energy drinks consumed in the United States — including Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar, AMP, Full Throttle and NOS — have similar or lower levels of caffeine than home-brewed coffee which many Americans enjoy on a daily basis. A 16 fluid ounce energy drink typically contains between 160 and 240 milligrams of caffeine, while the same size coffeehouse coffee contains around 300 to 330 milligrams. Caffeine has been safely consumed around the world for hundreds of years.
MYTH: Energy drinks have “high” or “dangerous” amounts of caffeine.
FACT: The vast majority of energy drinks consumed in the United States – including Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar, Full Throttle and NOS – have similar or lower levels of caffeine than home-brewed coffee.
MYTH: With the recent growth of the energy drink category, Americans are getting dangerous amounts of caffeine in their diet.
FACT: The FDA commissioned an analysis of caffeine consumption among the U.S. population in 2009, which concluded that despite the growth of energy drinks in the marketplace, the average amount of caffeine consumed by the adult U.S. population remained consistent with past estimates – approximately 300 milligrams of caffeine daily.
MYTH: Energy drinks aren’t regulated.
FACT: Energy drinks, their ingredients and labeling are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).