I was perusing the grocery store today and at checkout I saw a new energy drink. The ingredients actually looked pretty good, so I picked one up. The only ingredients I remember off the top of my head are caffeine, EGCG, taurine and arginine. As I was waiting I checked out the label more closely. The “energy blend” was 6.2 grams of sucrose and the other aforementioned ingredients.
Know how much sugar was in a serving? Six grams! So of the energy mixture, 6 grams was sucrose, pure table sugar, and only 200mg of the other ingredients. 200mg is pretty close to a normal dose of caffeine, so I’d bet the drink only had trace amounts of taurine, EGCG and arginine. That would be fine if that was an effective dose, but a normal dose is in the gram range! That’s an order of magnitude difference.
As you can imagine, I put it back on the shelf, disappointed. I’ve always contended that “energy drinks” were a big scam and I think just looking at their labels with a critical eye is damning evidence. You can achieve the exact same effect with plain old generic brand caffeine tablets for a fraction of the cost, but I guess it’s not cool. Just make sure to follow label directions and discontinue if you have any adverse reactions – be safe!