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Energy Drink Shootout!

First, let’s start with the ingredients:

Monster Energy: Carbonated water, sucrose, glucose, citric acid, taurine, natural flavors, sodium citrate, l-carnitine, panax, ginseng root extract, asorbic acid, caffeine, sodium chloride, niacinamide, riboflavin, guarana seed extract, inositol, glucuronalactone, pyridoxine hydrochloride, cyanobalmin

Red Bull: Carbonated water, sucrose, glucose, sodium citrate, taurine, glucuronolactone, inositol, niacin, d-pantothenol, pyridoxine HCL, vitamin B12, natural & artificial flavors and colors

RockStar Energy: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, citric acid, taurine, natural and artificial flavors, guarana seed extract, ascorbic acid, caramel color, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, caffeine, niacinamide, inositol, l-carnitine, milk thistle extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, calcium pantothenate, siberian ginseng root extract, cyanocobalamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride

SoBe/No Fear Energy: Filtered water, high fructose corn syrup, orange and lemon juice concentrates, citric acid, natural flavor, pectin, gum acacia, ascorbic acid, caffeine, ester gum, yohimbe solid extract, l-arginine, beta carotene, guarana extracts, caramel color, l-cysteine, amino acids

BooKoo: Carbonated water, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium citrate, potassium benzoate, caramel color, natural flavor, taurine, caffeine, glucuronoloctone, insitol, niacin, d-pantothenol, pyridoxine HCL, vitamin B12

RJ’s Pre-Race Pre-Mix: Sugar, caffeine, coffee, caramel, more sugar, more caffeine, fat, cholesterol, whip cream, sugar sprinkles

Next, our informal, taste test:

Monster Energy: Sweet, carbonated

Red Bull: Little sweet, lightly carbonated

RockStar Energy: Lightly sweet & carbonated, little aftertaste

SoBe/No Fear Energy: Lightly sweet & carbonated

BooKoo: Light taste, slightly carbonated, citrus aftertaste

RJ’s Pre-Race Pre-Mix: Tastes surprisingly like a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato … with sugar sprinkles. Hmmmmm …

For any testing to be truly scientific, we needed mice (Peromyscus maniculatus). Cute little lab mice! (We procured our mice at the local pet store – $15 a dozen.)

After donning our white lab coats & protective glasses, our testing began. Two mice were assigned to continually sample each energy drink, with a minimum intake of .5 ounces per hour. The mice were monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our experiments & testing show that after a mouse consumes six 16 oz. cans (96 oz. total) of any energy drink, it will explode.

Shoot-out conclusion: Large quantities of energy drinks are bad for mice.

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Red Bull, Monster Energy

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RockStar, BooKoo

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Sobe/No Fear, RJ’s Pre-race Pre-mix

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Test mice were monitored 24 hours a day

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