Most energy drinks lag in added health benefits
Many canned pick-me-ups lack natural antioxidants and other beneficial compounds
By Rachel Ehrenberg, 12:58 PM August 27, 2010
BOSTON — The caffeine in energy drinks such as Jolt and Full Throttle packs a serious wallop, but in terms of health-promoting ingredients, these drinks may be pulled punches. Synthetic caffeine dials down fat production on par with caffeine from the shrub yerba maté and from green coffee, new research shows. But drinks made with synthetic caffeine often lack beneficial antioxidants and polyphenols, researchers reported August 26 at the American Chemical Society’s fall meeting.
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