What is the healthiest energy drink? Effects of caffeine, taurine

Energy drinks are beverages often grabbed in an act of desperation – maybe it’s a long shift dragging on, a big test coming up, the aftereffects of an all-nighter, a game or a competition. But we might resort to energy drinks because they have much more caffeine than coffee: An average 8-ounce coffee has just under 100 milligrams of caffeine and a 1.93-ounce bottle of 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength has 230 milligrams of caffeine. That’ll keep just about anyone awake. 

But before you grab a Celsius, RedBull or your preferred energy drink, here’s what you need to know to keep your health in tip-top shape.

Monster, 5-hour ENERGY, Celsius, Rockstar -- energy drink options are aplenty, but are they good for us?

What is the healthiest energy drink?

If you’re in a pinch or looking to get a quick energy boost, there’s certainly a lot to choose from at the store.

So what is the healthiest energy drink? It’s a complicated question, says registered dietitian Amy Goodson, and though it sounds counterintuitive, it may be in your best interest to choose a brand with less caffeine and less sugar. 

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