Energy Drink Policy

Energy drinks refer to beverages advertised as providing extra energy to the consumer. They often contain high levels of caffeine in combination with other ingredients such as taurine, guarana, and B vitamins.  These products include: Rockstar, Red Bull, AMP Energy, Bawls, Jolt Cola, Monster and many others.

Energy drinks pose a health concern for several reasons.

  • Studies have linked excessive caffeine in children to elevated heart rates, hypertension, anxiety, headaches and interrupted sleep patterns
  • Energy drinks have higher levels of caffeine then soda or pop
  • Serving sizes can be misleading
    • Some energy drinks are sold in cans which cannot be resealed and therefore increase the likelihood of being consumed in one sitting
    • Children may not be capable of understanding and adhering to the suggested serving size
 Drink Serving (fl oz) Servings per
Container
Sugar per
serving (g)
Caffeine per
serving (mg)
 Kcal
Red Bull 8.3 1 27 80 120
Go Girl SF 12 1 0 150 3
Wired 294 8 2 26 147 100
Rock Star Energy Drink 8 2 30 80 130
Monster Energy XXL 8 3 27 80 100

 

Drink Serving (fl oz) Servings per
Container
Sugar per
serving (g)
Caffeine per
serving (mg)
Kcal
Pepsi 12 1 41 38 150
Mountain Dew 12 1 46 54 170
Dr. Pepper 12 1 35.2 41 146
Diet Coke 12 1 0 47 0
Sunkist Orange Soda 12 1 50 41 190

Energy drinks are not included in the FDA regulation that limits caffeine in colas or sodas.

There is currently insufficient scientific research to establish the safety of taurine and panax
ginseng use.

http://ucanr.org/freepubs/docs/8265.pdf

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Press_releases/2008/09_24_08.html

http://www.jatox.com/index.php/Articles/Technical-Note-Caffeine-Content-of-Energy-Drinks-Carbonated-Sodas-and-Other-Beverages.html

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Financial-Industry/Drinks-with-caffeine-need-warninglabels-study

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/fcn/fcnDetailNavigation.cfm?rpt=scogsListing&id=42

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/05p0282/05p-0282-cp00001-vol1.pdf