Science Project:

Do Energy Drinks Really Give You More Energy?

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Red Bull is probably the most well-known energy drink today with their slogan, “Red Bull gives you wings.” But what do they mean by that? Well, the company as well as other energy drink companies claim that these beverages give the consumer more energy. But do these drinks really perform as advertised or are they just like any other regular sports drink or soda? Are they gimmicked?

Research Questions

  • What ingredients are common in energy drinks and your typical soft drink? Sports drink?

Terms to Know

  • Caffeine
  • Ingredients in energy drinks (such as Ephedrine)
  • Stimulant


  • As many test subjects as you can find
  • Cans of two different energy drinks for each test subject
  • Pen and paper for notes

Experimental Procedure

  1. Hand each of your test subjects one can of the first energy drink.
  2. Instruct them to drink it when they feel tired or sleepy and to record whether the drink has effectively given them energy.
  3. A week later, give the same test subjects the second drink. Record whether they feel energized.
  4. Evaluate your results for each test subject and come up with an educated conclusion.

Suggested Chart


Energy Drink #1

Energy Drink #2

Energy Drink #3

Abby Goodnough; Dan Frosch (November 15, 2010)."F.D.A. Expected to Act on Alcoholic Energy Drinks".The New York Times. Retrieved November 16, 2010.

Author: Sofia PC
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