Inspired by an Australian soda named Solo, Coolah Energy Drinks were sold in the U.S. by the Cadbury-Schweppes company but were discontinued in 2009. Unlike Solo, which didn’t contain caffeine, Coolah contained 160 mg of caffeine per 16 oz. can, which is an average amount of caffeine for an energy drink. Read on to see how Coolah compares with other energy drinks, as well as learn how much caffeine is safe to consume in a typical day.
How Coolah Energy Drinks Compare to Other Energy Drinks
Here’s how Coolah compares to some popular energy drinks you might see on the market today.
|Popular Energy Drinks||Caffeine per 16 oz. can|
|Coolah Energy Drink||160 mg|
|Monster Energy||160 mg|
|Bang Energy||300 mg|
|Rockstar Energy||160 mg|
|NOS Energy||160 mg|
|Reign Energy||300 mg|
|Burn Energy||150 mg|
|Mountain Dew Energy Drinks||180 mg|
|Red Bull||150 mg|
|Spike Hardcore Energy||350 mg.|
How Coolah Compares to Coffee and Other Caffeinated Beverages
The average 8 oz. cup of coffee contains 70-140 mg of caffeine, but the specifics vary widely depending on the bean and brewing method. You also must consider serving size. A 16 oz. cup of coffee—the serving size of a can of Coolah—contains between 140-280 mg of caffeine, almost undoubtedly more than most energy drinks!
Other caffeinated beverages include black and green teas, which average 47 mg and 28 mg of caffeine respectively, and sodas, which usually have an artificially-added source of caffeine hovering around 22 mg. Some teas, such as herbal teas, are naturally caffeine-free.
How Much Caffeine Should I Have in a Day?
Although the FDA recommends the average adult should limit their daily intake to 400 mg, some people may require less depending on caffeine sensitivity or other health conditions. It may be time to scale down your caffeine intake if you notice any of these common adverse effects:
- Feeling anxious for no apparent reason. You have a general uneasy feeling without any external factors causing the stress.
- Can’t sit still. You feel fidgety or jittery, or even have muscle tremors.
- Insomnia. You can’t fall asleep, or your sleeping pattern is interrupted for an hour or more of wakefulness each night.
- GI upset. Too much caffeine can upset your stomach, resulting in increased bowel movements that might become too loose.
Many other ailments share these same symptoms, so reach out to your doctor if you still feel this way after reducing your caffeine intake for a couple weeks.
As important as it is to monitor your caffeine levels, sugar is even worse. Energy drinks like Coolah can cause more adverse health effects than other sources of caffeine such as black coffee because they contain an excessive amount of sugar and artificial ingredients. Too much sugar can cause chronic health conditions such as diabetes, so you might want to take it easy on the energy drinks and drink coffee or another natural source of caffeine instead.
At 150 mg per 16 oz. can, Coolah contained an average amount of caffeine for an energy drink. Like many energy drinks however, Coolah was eventually discontinued and nearly forgotten in the wake of more popular energy drinks such as Monster and Red Bull. No matter what energy drink you consume today, you should be mindful of your caffeine and sugar intake to reduce your risk of adverse health risks that can come from drinking too much.
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