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How Many Coca-Cola Energy Drinks Can I Have a Day?

Launched during the grand Superbowl, Coca-Cola Energy Drink makes a pretty good energy drink that’ll surely keep you up and running.

A can of Coca-Cola Energy
Coca-Cola Energy

But how many Coca-Cola Energy drinks can you have in a day?

The short answer is one can. A single can of Coca-Cola Energy contains 114mg of caffeine and a whopping 39g of sugar, which already exceeds the recommended daily sugar limit (25g for women and 36g for men). With all that sugar, you may need to put in extra effort to keep healthy if you want to avoid possible long-term health effects due to its high sugar content.

But of course, there’s more to know about this energy drink, so join me as I explain further down below why you should stick to one can of Coca-Cola Energy drink.

If you’re interested in a more detailed analysis of its nutrition facts, check out my other article here.

Coca-Cola Energy Drink Nutrition Facts

Let’s begin by looking at the nutritional values of a 12 fl.oz can of Coca-Cola Energy Drink:

Typical Values
(Standard Serving)
Coca-Cola Energy
(12 fl.oz)
Energy140 calories
Protein0g
Fat
(Of which Saturated)
0g
(0g)
Carbohydrate
(Of which Sugars)
39g
(39g)
Caffeine114mg
The nutrition facts of Coca-Cola Energy
Nutrition facts label of Coca-Cola Energy drink
Nutrition facts of Coca Cola Energy

Coca-Cola Energy Calorie Content

A 12 fl.oz can of Coca-Cola Energy contains 140 calories, and I think that’s still a pretty considerate amount for an energy drink its size.

Considering that the recommended daily calorie intake is around 2,000 – 2,500, a can of Coca-Cola Energy will not affect much of your regular diet.

If you’re looking for an energy drink that’ll give you the right amount of calories to burn off during your workout session, I think the 140 calories in this drink will make a good option.

But if you’re on a strict low-calorie diet, I would suggest going for other energy drinks with lower calories. It’s also something to take note of if you’re someone who has a sedentary lifestyle.

Regardless of which energy drink brands you settle on, it’s always best to maintain a properly balanced diet as energy drinks can’t provide all the nutrients that your body needs. So never use energy drinks as a meal replacement!

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Coca-Cola Energy Ingredients

Coca-Cola Energy contains the following ingredients in each 12 fl.oz can:

  • Carbonated water
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Glucose 
  • Caffeine
  • Guarana Extract
  • Citric Acid
  • Caramel color
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Vitamins B3 (Niacinamide)
  • Vitamins B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Potassium Sorbate
List of ingredients in Coca Cola Energy
Complete Ingredients of Coca Cola Energy

Coca-Cola Energy Caffeine Content

Coca-Cola Energy contains around 114mg of caffeine in each 12 fl.oz can, which may be a slightly high amount for someone who has a low caffeine tolerance.

There’s no denying that caffeine’s a beneficial ingredient that helps with weight loss and enhances your brain function. That early morning caffeine kick will definitely power us through a busy Monday.

However, I find the 114mg of caffeine in Coca-Cola Energy to be a lot for me. I usually stick to energy drinks with only 50mg-100mg of caffeine as I don’t want to deal with any nasty side effects due to too much caffeine. 

But of course, you most probably won’t have a bad experience with this drink if you have a high caffeine metabolism.

That said, it’s best to keep your daily intake to not more than 400mg of caffeine per day, as stated by the FDA. Regularly going over the limit will cause some side effects such as:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depressed mood
  • Irritability
  • Tremors
  • Low energy
  • Sleep problems

Even if it takes you up to at least four cans to exceed the daily limit, I wouldn’t recommend having more than one can because of the heaps of sugar Coca-Cola Energy has.

Coca-Cola Energy Sugar Content

A 12 fl.oz can of Coca-Cola Energy contains a massive amount of 39g of sugar, definitely an unhealthy drink to have regularly.

I would consider 39g of sugar to be a lot for an energy drink its size, especially when the AHA recommends a daily sugar limit of 25g for women and 36g for men.

Hence, having just one can of Coca-Cola Energy can already wipe out your entire daily limit for the day. Including sugary energy drink like this one in your regular diet will expose you to health risks like:

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Depression

With that, I strongly advise you to avoid Coca-Cola Energy if you’re someone who already has any of the medical conditions as listed above.

Even if you’re healthy, you still need to be mindful and watch your overall sugar consumption. Thus, I would only recommend you have this drink occasionally and control yourself to only one can.

Another tip is to monitor your daily sugar intake by making it a habit to check the ingredients label of your food and drinks to see if there are any added sugars.

Are There Any Added Sugars In Coca-Cola Energy Drink?

Each can of Coca-Cola Energy drink contains High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), a form of artificial sugar derived from corn starch.

HFCS is widely used in many processed foods and sugary drinks mainly due to its fructose content.

However, experts believe that added sugars such as HFCS are the main factors of obesity and different health issues, including diabetes and heart disease. 

While it’s uncertain just how much HFCS is used in Coca-Cola Energy, it’s best to keep your intake to a minimum for the sake of your health.

What Are The Health Risks Of Drinking Coca-Cola Energy?

The risks of Coca-Cola Energy drink mainly lies within its high sugar content that can bring about long-term health issues if taken regularly.

Coca-Cola Energy contains 114mg of caffeine which is a pretty average amount as energy drinks tend to have 50mg to as much as 300mg of caffeine per serving.

Though it may not be the amount I prefer, I don’t see any harm in consuming the caffeine content in this drink. But of course, it’s still best to not go overboard and regularly exceed the daily caffeine limit (400mg).

The reason being is when you overconsume caffeine, this ingredient can do you more harm than good. Too much caffeine can disrupt your sleeping patterns and lead you to insomnia.

It also increases the release of acid in the stomach, which may sometimes lead to acid reflux and heartburn

Moreover, about 75 to 80 per cent of the world are highly caffeine dependent, which can be hard to get rid of.

According to experts, since caffeine stimulates our central nervous system to help us stay awake and alert, most people become highly dependent on caffeine and the “happiness” it brings. 

If you’re interested to know more about caffeine addiction, watch the video below:

That said unless you chuck down four cans every day (please don’t), it’ll be hard to exceed the daily caffeine limit with just one can of Coca-Cola Energy.

What you should be worrying most about is its high sugar content. Coca-Cola Energy has 39g of sugar in a single 12 fl.oz can.

Sugar, although a delicious ingredient that makes our food flavorful, is actually a double edge sword. It’s even more harmful when you regularly consume that much sugar from just one drink alone.

Keep in mind that you’ll also be consuming other foods and drinks that have sugar in them throughout the day. So, having multiple cans of Coca-Cola Energy is just asking for trouble.

Despite the widespread belief that sugar gives us energy, also known as the sugar rush, overconsumption can actually make us feel more tired and drained. Plus, Coca-Cola Energy also contains added sugar (HFCS).

Although sugary drinks like Coca-Cola Energy may seem tastier, their high sugar content actually reduces your body’s orexin activity. Thus, leading to hypoglycemia or “sugar crashing”. 

Looking at the health risks associated with this drink, it’s clear that Coca-Cola Energy isn’t the healthiest choice for a go-to energy drink. I think you’re better off drinking energy drinks that have fewer sugar content or ones that are sugar-free even.

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But if you still want to try it out, keep on reading to find out just how many cans of Coca-Cola Energy can you drink.

How Many Cans Of Coca-Cola Energy Can I Drink?

Technically, you can drink more than one can of Coca-Cola Energy in a day as it doesn’t have concerning caffeine content. However, due to its 39g of sugar in a single 12 fl.oz can, I would recommend a maximum of two cans per day only when you really need the energy boost.

In terms of caffeine, 114mg of caffeine per can is a considerable amount to have and won’t leave you with drastic side effects. Thus, drinking more than one can of Coca-Cola Energy in a day is safe. 

However, you also need to consider that one can of Coca-Cola Energy already comes with a whopping 39g of sugar, which goes way beyond the recommended daily sugar limit.

By now, you should already be aware of the health consequences if you drink more than two cans of this sugary energy drink regularly.

You’re also not recommended to drink Coca-Cola Energy if you’re under 18 years old, sensitive to caffeine, or if you’re a pregnant or breastfeeding woman.

Coca-Cola®

To add on, you should also avoid this drink if you already have any pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes or obesity.

That said, the safest and healthiest way to consume Coca-Cola Energy is to have this drink during desperate times and stick to just one can a day. I would also suggest spacing out your consumption and not have more than three cans per week.

Coca-Cola Energy Drink Flavors

In my opinion, the range of flavors under the Coca-Cola Energy brand isn’t that exciting as there are only two types to choose from, which are:

  • Coca-Cola Energy
  • Coca-Cola Energy Cherry

But each of these flavors also come with sugar-free versions, and I think they’ll make healthier choices.

Final Words

I’m still sticking to my words that you should limit yourself to just one can of Coca-Cola Energy and only have it during a mentally demanding situation.

There’s no denying that the Coca-Cola drink itself tastes incredible, and it’s hard to resist going for a second can. The same goes for their energy drink version too. 

Coca-Cola Energy contains a modest amount of caffeine which can be beneficial, especially for those with high caffeine metabolism. However, 39g of sugar in a single serving is way too much and can be detrimental to your long-term health if you regularly consume more than two cans per day. 

I think it’s not worth risking your health for an energy drink, so always keep your consumption of Coca-Cola Energy to just one can a day.

If you feel like one can isn’t enough to keep you going, you can always opt for other caffeinated beverages low in sugar, such as herbal teas or regular coffee.

With that, I hope you find this article helpful and enjoy your Coca-Cola Energy, responsibly!

About Adrian Carter

Adrian writes about energy drinks and their ingredients to shine a light on the facts behind the brand names.

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