Monster isn’t so scary

More than once, in my many mornings on any given school campus, I have been bugged about my personal caffeinated beverages choices.

By that, I mean more than one person toting a Starbucks cup has criticized my Red Bull or Monster consumption. I get that caffeine can can have a drastic impact on our health, but it doesn’t really matter if it comes in a can or a cup.

One 16 fl oz Monster energy drink contains 160 mg of caffeine.

In comparison, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an equal sized cup of regular Starbucks coffee contains 330 mg of caffeine. A Starbucks café mocha of the same size contains 175 mg.

And while not everyone will be consuming Starbucks when making these comments, it is important to note that tea, candy and many other foods contain caffeine as well. Eight fluid ounce of black tea that has been steeped for three minutes can contain up to 80 mg of caffeine, as much as an 8.4 oz can of Red Bull.

Of course, every comment isn’t a snide remark about health or caffeine content. At the end of the day I simply prefer the taste of Monster to that of coffee, but if you’re going to tell me that so much caffeine is going to drive me up a wall, do it while drinking water.