How do Female Energy Drinks Compare to Male Energy Drinks? A Sex Comparison
Today, there are over 200 brands of energy drinks in a multi-million dollar industry in the U.S. that promise to boost your energy. Initially, energy drinks were targeted for the guys with brand names like “Monster,” “Full Throttle,” “Redline,” and “Bawls.” But now, brand names like “Flirty,” “Glam Girl” and “Cougar” ( no “Ovaries” or "PMS Rage" yet, but give it some time) are appearing on brightly colored pink cans and bottles that are targeted for women. Are there really any differences between energy drinks for men and women? And, are they really safe as earlier reports about energy drinks have implicated some energy drinks with multiple deaths.
“Female friendly energy drinks—are they right for you?” asks Dr. Oz as he reviews for viewers what are in those energy drinks targeted for women, how they differ from those for men and if they are safe for you.
With Dr. Oz is dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS a Wellness Manager with the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute who tells viewers that yes, there is a difference between male and female targeted energy drinks.
Common to all energy drinks are advertised promises that by drinking their beverage you will find yourself feeling energized and revitalized to help you get through a busy day. Ms. Kirkpatrick tells viewers that there is a laundry list of ingredients in these drinks, but that the more common ones include the amino acid “taurine”―a building block of protein in the body―and B-vitamin blends.
“They are not necessarily harmful, but we also don’t know what they are going to do for our energy,” says Ms. Kirkpatrick who points out that what it boils down to is knowing what the actual stimulant is in these drinks that is going to give you the promised energy. That stimulate as it turns out is our closest morning friend―good ol’ regular caffeine that we get from our morning cups of coffee and tea.
Between male and female energy drinks just how much caffeine you are really getting is almost double. According to Dr. Oz, tea, coffee and energy drinks compare as follows:
• 1 cup of tea:70 mg
• 1 cup of coffee: 150 mg
• 1 can or bottle of female energy drink: 100 mg
• 1 can of standard male energy drink:180 mg
Another difference between male and female energy drinks are promises that the female targeted beverages are low calorie with zero sugar and zero carbs. This is in contrast to standard energy drinks for men that are typically high in both sugar and carbohydrates, and thereby are high calorie beverages. According to Ms. Kirkpatrick the sugar substitute used in female energy drinks is “sucralose,” which she states is the same thing as Splenda.
“So, we can really liken this [female energy drinks] to a diet cola,” says Ms. Kirkpatrick who points out, however, that how much artificial sweetener used in these drinks is not revealed on the labeling or disclosed by the manufacturers. She tells viewers that you can assume that like a typical diet soda that has approximately 7 packets worth of artificial sweetener in it, that the female energy drink contains at least that much if not more. In a previous episode of The Dr. Oz Show about the hidden dangers of artificial sweeteners, Dr. Oz recommends only one packet’s worth of artificial sweetener a day.
One final difference between male and female energy drinks is the promise that they are calorie-burning drinks. Ms. Kirkpatrick reveals that the weight burning advertisement promise in female energy drinks is based on the addition of weight loss supplements such as hoodia extract and garcinia cambogia extract. Although these extracts are sold as weight loss supplements on their own, like many other supplements they are not FDA-regulated and therefore may not be good or safe to consume.
Ms. Kirkpatrick’s recommendation to women about female energy drinks is that you should skip on the energy drinks and have a cup of coffee instead. Energy drink use has been linked to causing Type 2 diabetes, whereas drinking coffee has numerous benefits to your health such as cancer prevention and even weight loss from green coffee bean extract.
Dr. Oz’s energy drink guideline is that if you feel that you have to have an energy drink that women should limit their energy drinks by:
• Having a maximum of only one drink per day
• Drinking it before noon to give your body time to get through the caffeine to avoid sleeplessness at night
• Checking the ingredient quantities on the label to monitor how much caffeine you are actually getting.
For an informative article about the dangers of energy drinks, click-on the titled link, “Recreational Use of Energy Drinks Causes Caffeine Toxicity in Teens.”
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show