This is a series on How Caffeine Affects the Brain. In Part 1 we’ll discuss how caffeine makes you feel awake and alert, we’ll review the biochemistry, and we’ll summarize the ways caffeine does and does not help you focus. Read more Caffeine Effects on the Brain – Part 1
I declared myself a biochemistry/chemistry major in 2003 – right at the beginning of the Energy Drink Boom. Fascinated by these drinks and all the fears surrounding their use, I’ve applied my education (and basically all my free time) toward understanding the science behind energy drinks and their ingredients. After 10+ years in this field, I believe parents have a right to be concerned about energy drinks, but that concern needs the right context to do anybody any good. How concerned should we be about the safety of Caffe Monster Energy Coffee?Read more Should you be afraid of this Monster Energy Drink? Science and Safety Behind Caffe Monster Energy Coffee
As a biochemist who researches energy drinks, I get asked all the time why people need energy drinks and why people can’t just drink coffee instead. There’s no easy way to answer these questions, but it helps if we look at the products which blur the lines between “coffee” and “energy drink”.
For this Energy Drink of the Month review, we’ll examine the science behind Starbucks Doubleshot Energy, an “Energy Coffee Beverage”. How does this compare to other energy drinks? Is it safe to drink?Read more When Does Coffee Become an Energy Drink? Science Behind Starbucks Doubleshot
A few people believe that caffeine-ingredient interactions are what make energy drinks inherently more dangerous than coffee. Using the ingredients in this drink’s “energy blend”, let’s review the research available on energy drink ingredient interactions. Read more Science Behind Energy Drink Ingredient Interactions