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How many mg of caffeine are in 5 hour energy, vs. a cup of coffee??

I am concerned with the content of this site. I read that a cup of coffee has about 12mg of caffeine. The fact is that a Standard cup of coffee 8 oz. has between 50-100mg of caffeine. Any third grader could look this up. qwe
Asked by marc fooshay on Feb 27, 2010

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Sam Montana   L6: Pro (Ambassador: L2)   1,851 answers   +1,347 votes
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The amount of caffeine in a standard cup of coffee can have a wide range of caffeine amounts. Depending on the type of blend and how it is brewed. Here is an article that talks about the effects of caffeine and coffee and the amounts of caffeine.

I have had the 5-hour energy drinks before and I like them compared to the other types of energy drinks. They also have a caffeine-free 5-hour energy drink. I didn’t notice a difference between the two. I am looking on the 5-hour energy drink web site, and oddly they don’t list the amount of caffeine. They just say comparable to the leading premium cup of coffee and the extra strength is comparable to a 12-ounce cup of coffee. What id does have are very high amounts of certain B vitamins.  Here is a web site that lists the caffeine of all the energy drinks.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010
Dustin LaBarge   L5: Authority   119 answers   +100 votes
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Posted on Mar 1, 2010
Dustin LaBarge   L5: Authority   119 answers   +100 votes
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The average in a cup of coffee has been stated to be about 108mg per 8 ounces, but this obviously depends upon the type and how it is brewed (which is exactly what Sam said). 5-Hour energy has about 138mg in two ounces. This is approximately comparable, but only if you drink just one bottle. I wrote an article response to the topic; see link below.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010
R Drum   L2: Contributor   9 answers   +6 votes
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I agree with the previous posters, but the devil seems to be in the advertising details.  As pointed out, the web site says, "Original 5-Hour Energy contains caffeine comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee. Extra Strength 5-Hour Energy contains caffeine comparable to 12 ounces of the leading premium coffee."  If "the leading premium coffee"  is a code word for Starbucks coffee, then the actual amount of caffeine could be double (165 mgs./ 8 oz.)  versus a cup of regular brewed coffee (80 mgs./ 8 oz.).  If you're trying to limit your intake of caffeine, then  you should also factor in the other potential sources of caffeine, including many over-the-counter medicines. Take a look at healthyfitnessidea,com for a post about sources of caffeine. It suggests that about 140 to 320 mgs. of caffeine is the safe daily limit for a healthy 150 pound person    

Posted on Mar 1, 2010
Greg Rapoza   L1: Member   1 answers   +1 votes
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I had written to 5-Hour energy (Living Essentials) some 4-5 years back inquiring about the caffeine content of their standard formula.  I do not recall the exact numger, but I'm fairly certain that it was either 70 mg or 75 mg per (2 oz) serving.  According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the caffeine content of a cup of coffee typically ranges from 80 mg to 175 mg.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010

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