It’s not uncommon to reach for a cup of caffeine to start the day. With our modern lives keeping us so busy between maintaining our homes, work, personal relationships, and professional relationships, it seems as if the morning jumpstart is the only constant in our lives. However, how do you know which one to reach for? A cup of coffee or a canned energy drink? The debate between which one is better, or even healthier, for you is a raging one since energy drinks entered the scene. Still, hopefully, you’ll be better educated after reading this.
The Caffeine Differences
When it comes to caffeine difference, coffee is going to win every time in a cup-for-cup battle. The average coffee cup has about 300 mg of caffeine, while the average energy drink has a little less than half of that. If you’re looking for a buzz, then coffee is the more affordable route because, to get the caffeine content of coffee, you would need to purchase two energy drinks.
Of course, you really shouldn’t be drinking more than 400mg of caffeine a day without putting your health at risk. That means if your goal is to spread your caffeine throughout the day, you can take one energy drink in the morning and one to get you through the afternoon. Either way, you’ll want to avoid drinking caffeine too close to bedtime.
Energy drinks are going to win the battle of the sugars every time versus coffee. Even if you take a massive scoop of sugar into your coffee every morning, you’re still getting less sugar than a single energy drink. One can of Red Bull alone is 26 grams of sugar. If you’re looking out for your sugar intake, then coffee is the route to go as you can control how much sugar is in a cup.
Finally, if you’re watching your calorie intake, then coffee wins this battle as, without anything added to it, only has 0 calories. The average energy drink has about a hundred calories. If you’re looking for a natural jumpstart without any extra stuff, then coffee comes out the winner. Just remember: everything in moderation.