Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It’s a quick way to get a burst of energy, but what do energy drinks do to your body? And is it worth it?
A group of news producers took part in an energy drink experiment. They tried five different brands on five different days. By far, the strongest effect was felt by the full throttle brand.
"The Full Throttle was more, it was more full throttle and I wouldn't go for that next time or I'd cut it in half," said one of the producers.
"After drinking a couple of those, I could really feel my energy level increasing…I actually kind of felt like I'd been really drinking, like I've had a couple of beers or something," said another producer.
That something is caffeine. A 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola contains 34 milligrams of caffeine. A 12 ounce Monster Nitrous has 160 milligrams. A 12-ounce can of Rockstar Pink contains 120 milligrams – three and a half times more than soda and the testers could really feel it when they stopped the energy drinks in week two.
“I have been much more lethargic and just kind of sluggish. It’s not really super tired or lazy feeling, just slow moving,” said one of the testers.
The energy drinks also raised they blood pressure, which later returned to normal when they stopped.