Coffee vs. Energy Drinks: The Truth Behind the Caffeine

Caffeine can be a great tool to get a quick boost of energy, but which caffeine infused drink is better- coffee or energy drinks?

Dahlia Schwartz, Contributor

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Caffeine can be a great tool to get a quick boost of energy, but which caffeine infused drink is better- coffee or energy drinks? These drinks, although similar in caffeine content, differ in the age of the consumer that buys them, the amount of caffeine in each drink, and which is actually better for a person health-wise.

Coffee is a drink that can be enjoyed among people of all ages, whether the person is a teenager or a senior citizen. While there is no real age limit for these beverages, energy drinks tend to be more popular among younger people than older people. They both differ in caffeine content as well: coffee’s caffeine dosage can range from 4-80 milligrams per cup (with 4 milligrams in a decaffeinated cup and 80 milligrams in an average cup). The caffeine dosage in energy drinks can range from 200 to 300 milligrams per drink. This high dosage of caffeine in both beverages can cause Caffeinism, the addiction to caffeine which can move from the buzzing speed of the addict to the withdrawal hell of headaches, nausea, vomiting, and terrifying sleeplessness.

The question at this point is simple: which drink is better for a person? The answer is that coffee is overall the better drink. It’s nutritional value is greater than that of an energy drink. But although coffee is the healthier option, neither drink is actually good for a person. Both drinks are dangerous in that they can cause weight gain, prediabetes, coronary artery disease, infections, colds, depression, perpetual crankiness, and irritation. Lastly, since sleep and rest are required for learning and memory, the lack of sleep will cause buzzing brains, which have incessantly broken attention spans, making creative and productive thinking increasingly difficult. This problem can occur with or without caffeine. In conclusion, if someone needs energy, they should turn towards getting more sleep instead of coffee and energy drinks.

 

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