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Help exergamers think about nutrition: Rethink your drink

Rethink your drink: popular beverages deliver more calories to burn and less nutrition

Ann Bock, PhD and Rachel R. Gallagher

Many people don’t realize how many calories popular drinks contain. Regularly consuming calories from drinks without reducing caloric intake from food can mean added weight gain over the long run. What’s more important is that common and popular drinks such as soda or energy drinks offer little, if any, nutritional value. NMSU researchers have put together a chart of common beverages, their calorie content, and the amount of time it takes to burn these calories. Next time you reach for that soda, look at this chart, rethink your drink, and consider choosing good, old-fashioned water!

Energy Drinks

Brand Version Kcals Caffeine (mg) Sodium (mg) Time to Burn Kcals* (min)
Rockstar Original 140 80 40 93
Rockstar Sugar Free 10 80 125 7
Rockstar Zero Carb 10 120 110 7
Rockstar Juiced 100 80 25 66
Rockstar Punched 130 120 40 87
Rockstar Roasted 100 120 130 66
Red Bull Energy Drink 105 77 190 70
Red Bull Sugar Free 10 77 Unavailable 7
Full Throttle Energy Drink 111 72 80 73
AMP 110 71 70 73
Monster XXL 100 80 180 67
Monster XXL 100 80 180 67
Monster Low Carb 10 80 Unavailable 7

Sports Drinks

Brand Version Kcals Caffeine (mg) Sodium (mg) Time to Burn Kcals* (min)
Gatorade Original 50 N/A 110 33
Gatorade Endurance 50 N/A 200 33
Gatorade Thirst Quencher 50 N/A 110 33
Gatorade G2 28 N/A 108 19
Gatorade Focus 25 N/A 135 17
Powerade Original 78 N/A 54 52
Powerade Zero 0 N/A 55 0
Coca-Cola Classic 97 23 33 64
Coca-Cola Diet Coke 1 31 28 0
Coca-Cola Zero 1 23 Unavailable 0
Pepsi Original 100 25 20 66
Pepsi Diet 0 24 25 0
Dr Pepper Original 100 blank 35 66
Dr Pepper Diet 0 blank 55 0

Dairy **

Version Kcals Caffeine (mg) Sodium (mg) Time to Burn Kcals* (min)
Whole Milk 146 0 98 97
2% Milk 130 0 125 87
Skim Milk 90 0 130 60

Water

Brand Version Kcals Caffeine (mg) Sodium (mg) Time to Burn Kcals* (min)
Generic Bottled 0 0 5 0

* Based on burning 90 kcals per hour
** Source of High Biological Value Protein, Riboflavin, Calcium
*** Many of drinks listed here come in containers with more than 8 oz (1 cup)

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Funding Information

© 2013. NMSU Board of Regents. All rights reserved. This project was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the National Research Initiative (Grant #2008-55215-18837).

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