What (in layman's terms) is in the following drinks:

  • Red Bull
  • Monster
  • Rock Star
  • 5 Hour Energy
  • Mountain Dew Kickstarter

Is there any coffee or tea in the above drinks. (I don't drink coffee or tea)

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It's nicely summarized in "Energy Drink Breakdown: What’s in a Red Bull, Anyway?":

Basically, Red Bull is a mix of sugar, caffeine, taurine and several B vitamins, all of which are well known for their energy-promoting qualities.

As far as I know, it's true for all energy drinks. So yes, they contain caffeine which is also the main ingredient of coffee and tea (as theine). I have never seen energy drink without caffeine.

  • What is taurine? I am fine with consuming caffeine, but I don't consume coffee or tea.
    – Amanda R.
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 6:53

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