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Five-Hour Energy Drinks May Not be as Powerful as They Seem
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on June 16, 2013 @ 7:23PM
Created on June 16, 2013 @ 5:28PM

During a long day, a lot of people turn toward energy drinks to help keep them going. New research says though, they're not as powerful as you may think.

Many people believe 5-Hour Energy shot drinks are a lot more powerful than a cup of coffee, but new research found they're both just about the same.

The study found about the same amount of brain activity happens whether a person drinks a cup of coffee or a 5-Hour Energy drink. Because of this, experts are recommending if you've got to have your fix to have a cup of coffee instead.

Most people that take these energy drinks are in their late teens, but some teens said they really don't like them.

Harrison County resident Miranda Jett said, "I don't think they're very healthy for you. They have too much sugar in them. I believe that they are bad for you."

Others said they've always preferred coffee, and aren't surprised by the study's results.

Harrison County resident Byran Wilson said, "Energy drinks have a very, very high price tag on them, and I've heard after you drink them, you can have a really bad crash, and kind of lose all of your energy. I'd rather drink coffee. One, it's cheaper. Two, you can drink it all day long, save it, heat it up later."

A lot of people said they don't really fool with either. They find other healthier ways to keep themselves awake.

Harrison County resident Jarrod Kellar said, "Usually, I like green tea more. It's healthier. I try to stay active. It keeps me more awake. I like that. It's better for you." 

The study also said by the time you feel thirsty, you're dehydrated, so it's a really good idea to drink water often to help your skin, and keep you more alert.

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