What is an energy drink?

Energy drinks are functional beverages that can provide temporary mental alertness or other physiological benefits.

Don’t energy drinks have a lot of caffeine?

No. While energy drinks do contain caffeine (80-100 mg), a similar sized filter drip coffee (250 ml) contains twice as much caffeine, averaging 179 mg.

How many energy drinks can I drink in a day?

The daily recommended intake is indicated on the label.

Also, a recent energy drink risk assessment conducted by Health Canada concluded that for adults, “…two servings of a typical energy drink per day would not be expected to pose a health risk for the general adult population.

For teens 12-18 years of age the assessment also concluded “The caffeine content of one or two servings of a typical energy drink (80mg caffeine/serving) would be unlikely to pose an acute health hazard.”

Where can I find out what is in my energy drink?

Energy drink labels contain great information for consumers, including (in part):

  • The amount of caffeine from all sources
  • All ingredients
  • A Nutrition Facts Panel showing the amount of calories and other nutrients in the product.
  • Enhanced allergen information

How much sugar is in an energy drink?

Energy drinks come in both regular and sugar-free options. This information is on the label.