Dr Oz: Female Energy Drinks Review
Energy drinks promise to give you all you need to get through the day and up until now they have been marketed toward men, but more and more companies are creating “female-friendly” energy drinks. The question is, are they right for you?
Dr Oz: Common Energy Drink Buzzwords
Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian, says we have typically seen energy drinks being sold to college kids and athletes, but many brands have recently ventured into a new demographic as they hope to get tired moms to purchase their drinks. Here are some of the most popular “buzz” words found on energy drink bottles.
Kristin says that while these products make big promises, at the end of the day it comes down to the amount of stimulants found in each of them that will give you an energy boost.
Dr Oz: Energy Drink Caffeine Comparisons
- Cup of tea=70 MG
- Female Energy Drink=100 MG
- Cup of coffee=150 MG
- Standard Energy Drink=up to 180MG
Regardless of how you get your daily caffeine, Dr. Oz says it is recommended you consume no more than 400 milligrams per day.
Dr Oz: Artificial Sweetener Daily Recommendation
The next set of buzzwords that are found on most all energy drink labels are:
- Zero sugar
- Zero carbs
Kristin Kirkpatrick says the way companies are able to make these claims is by adding an artificial sweetener called Sucralose to their energy drinks, which is similar to Splenda. She explained that this would make it very similar to consuming a diet cola, but the problem is that none of the companies will disclose the exact amount of artificial sweetener in each can or bottle. Kristin says there is an average of 7 artificial sweetener packets in a diet cola, so we can assume the amount in energy drinks is similar. For many reasons, Dr. Oz recommends no more than one or two packets of artificial sweeteners per day.
Dr Oz: Do Female Energy Drinks Really Burn Calories?
Dr. Oz says the final buzzword most commonly found on the label of female-friendly energy drinks is “Calorie Burning”, but is that a legitimate promise? Kristin Kirkpatrick says that any product that contains caffeine will offer some metabolism-boosting benefit, but in the case of these energy drinks they are also adding some sort of weight loss supplement to the product.
- Hoodia Extract
- Garcinia Cambogia Extract
Neither of these is regulated by the FDA, so you have to be really careful since they might not be right for you and your body. Kristin Kirkpatrick says if a woman wants a boost of energy she would recommend a simple cup of coffee instead of an energy drink.
Dr Oz: Energy Drink Recommendation
Dr. Oz says he prefers a healthy diet, that includes coffee, to boost your energy, but if you must drink energy drinks he suggests the following guidelines.
- Limit yourself to 1 per day
- Drink before noon
- Check ingredient quantities on label
Have you ever tried an energy drink to give you a boost? What did you think?