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How do energy drinks stack up to sodas, coffees and other caffeinated beverages? (Datacraft Co Ltd / Getty…)
April 30, 2013|By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink | RedEye

Are energy drinks really more caffeinated than sodas or coffees? RedEye unscientifically selected nine caffeinated beverages available in Chicago to see how the pick-me-ups stack up:

Coca-Cola soda (20 ounces): 57.5 mg caffeine

Single shot Starbucks espresso: 58 mg caffeine

Red Bull energy drink (8.4 ounces): 80 mg caffeine

Mountain Dew Kickstart (16 ounces): 92 mg caffeine

Dunkin Donuts brewed coffee (16 ounces ): 143 mg caffeine

Full Throttle energy drink (16 ounces): 200 mg caffeine

Einstein Bros brewed coffee (16 ounces ): 206 mg caffeine

5-Hour Energy Extra-Strength shot (1.9 ounces): 242 mg caffeine

Starbucks brewed coffee (16 ounces): 259 mg caffeine

Sources: Journal of Analytical Toxicology; Coca-Cola Company; PepsiCo; Red Bull; Consumer Reports

kbernot@tribune.com  @redeyeatdrink

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