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A Dose of Energy or Sugar? (Grade 10)

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A Dose of Energy or Sugar?

A Dose of Energy or Sugar

Whether they are staying up late studying, working a graveyard shift or binging on their favorite TV show, people of all ages are turning to energy drinks and soda to stay awake. Many people start drinking soda as children, and then graduate onto energy drinks in later years.

These two beverages definitely have a number of factors in common. Both are easy to purchase, and are designed to increase a person’s energy levels. The primary difference between the two popular beverages is in their levels of caffeine and sugar.

For decades, soda has been the popular choice because it is easily accessible, sold everywhere from grocery stores to vending machines, and coffee shops to gas stations. Soda is generally quite affordable, comes in large packages and is socially acceptable. Its sugar content is often shockingly high, with an average of 10.2 teaspoons of sugar in a mere 12 ounces. Caffeine amounts range from 0 mg to 55 mg, depending on the brand. This is less than an eight-ounce cup of coffee, which averages 100 mg of caffeine.

On the other hand, some brands of energy drinks contain far more caffeine than the typical cup of coffee. One brand manages to fit more than 200 mg of caffeine in only two ounces. While this important health information is posted right on the label, consumers rarely ever look. Energy drinks do tend to contain less sugar than soda, and, like their soda counterparts, can be found on sale virtually everywhere.

While some people gulp down an icy soda following a work out, others guzzle an energy drink before they workout, hoping the artificially-induced energy burst will make it easier to get through the exertion. Some even believe that the physical activity will cancel out the sugary ingredients of the energy drink. Unfortunately, television commercials only serve to support this misconception.
1. 
What factor do energy drinks and sodas have in common?
  1. Both have more caffeine than a cup of coffee.
  2. Both are highly accessible to consumers.
  3. Both are used to help boost energy for exercising.
  4. Both are dependent on a type of jargon.
2. 
What is the primary difference between energy drinks and soda?
  1. How popular they have become in today’s society
  2. What types of stores tend to sell the products
  3. How much caffeine and sugar each one contains
  4. What impact they have on energy levels
3. 
What feature do energy drinks offer that soda does not?
  1. Energy drinks have significantly less sugar than soda.
  2. Energy drinks come in smaller containers than soda.
  3. Energy drinks are easier to find in convenience stores.
  4. Energy drinks improve a person’s exercise routine.
4. 
While most people drink a cold can of soda after exercising, they typically drink energy drinks before they exercise.
  1. True
  2. False
5. 
Important nutritional information is listed on beverages, but consumers tend to not                them.

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