Kicking off Monday can be pretty tricky without help from adulting’s best friend, caffeine. Although many of us find ourselves in the morning pouring up the latest coffee brew, some reach into the fridge for something a little more on the artificial side. Energy drinks have quickly become one of the most popular beverages on the market, but, Red Bull cans aren’t all just glitz and glamour. It’s time to peel back that packaging and dive into differences between coffee and energy drinks.
Which should you go with to amp up your groggy morning? Here are three facts to keep in mind!
1. Energy drinks come packed with sugar.
When you get your cup of coffee ready, how many scoops of sugar do you go with? Typical drinkers opt for 3-4 teaspoons of sugar, but what if I told you the average energy drink contains a bit more than that? And by a bit, we mean A LOT. The famous Monster Energy Drink includes 54 grams of sugar – equivalent to 13.5 teaspoons!
2. Coffee costs less.
For all of the newbies out there exploring the world of energy drinks, keep in mind they are a bit more pricey than you may expect. While an online coffee subscription box may run you up to $30 a month, $20 secures around seven cans of Red Bull. Seven cans or enough coffee for months? You make the call.
3. The safety of energy drinks has come into question.
With coffee being one of the most extensively researched products in the past hundred years, energy drinks have just recently come under scrutiny. It’s unfortunate to note the number of hospitalizations and overdoses from this artificial option. Although coffee contains around the same amount of caffeine, the long-term effects of various ingredients in energy drinks should be questioned.
We may be biased, but coffee remains king. Although both offer similar effects, the quality of one surely outshines the other. Which caffeinator is your go-to? Let us know!