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Ebone4rock
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  11:35:13  Show Profile Send Ebone4rock a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been doing some reading about these 5 hour energy drinkshttp://www.5hourenergy.com/ that I see at the gas station selling for $3.99 per 2 oz bottle. The only thing I see in the ingredients that would have anything to do with giving energy would be caffiene.

Here is the ingredient list from their website:
What is in 5-Hour Energy?
5-Hour Energy contains a blend of B-vitamins, amino acids and essential nutrients. It contains zero sugar, zero herbal stimulants and only four calories. The amount of caffeine varies depending on the energy shot. Original 5-Hour Energy contains as much caffeine as a cup of premium coffee. Extra Strength contains as much as 12 ounces of premium coffee, while Decaf 5-Hour Energy contains only as much caffeine as a half cup of decaffeinated coffee.



Sounds like a good deal....for the sellers. I wonder if consumers realize that they can get a couple of weeks worth real delicious coffee for the same price they pay for this one tiny shot of caffiene.

Thoughts?

edited to add link

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Edited by - Ebone4rock on 07/23/2010 07:00:28

Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  12:08:08   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I buy 100mg caffeine pills at the local pharmacy for those instances I need some extra kick out of my mug of tea (I don't drink coffee because it upsets my stomach these days). Or flush down two pills with some Red Bull (or similar generic) those days I have to start work at 06:00 and I didn't get a decent half-a-night's sleep.

Edited to add: So, I agree, it's definitely a scam.

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Ebone4rock
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  12:19:25   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Ebone4rock a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I found what looks like a good study.http://healthpsych.psy.vanderbilt.edu/2008/5-HourEnergy.htm

I like this in particular
After trying 5-Hour Energy, I believe that a better recommendation for a long-lasting energy fix would be a peanut butter sandwich and a small glass of orange juice. With high levels of protein and carbohydrates, this snack could effectively address the claims of the 5-Hour Energy product in a natural way without having to worry about the inclusion of uncertain quantities of caffeine and other potentially harmful substances.


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Ebone4rock
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Posted - 07/22/2010 :  12:22:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Ebone4rock a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Mabuse

I buy 100mg caffeine pills at the local pharmacy for those instances I need some extra kick out of my mug of tea (I don't drink coffee because it upsets my stomach these days). Or flush down two pills with some Red Bull (or similar generic) those days I have to start work at 06:00 and I didn't get a decent half-a-night's sleep.

Edited to add: So, I agree, it's definitely a scam.


Life without coffee?!? Just thinking about it gives me withdrawls.

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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 07/23/2010 :  04:59:29   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I still drink coffee, but rarely on weekdays. A mug or two in the weekend, which also allows me to have some scotch in it. Another upside is that I can buy more expensive stuff without a bad conscience.

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sailingsoul
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Posted - 07/23/2010 :  05:49:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send sailingsoul a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I don't know if I'd call it a scam outright. Only because it not like magnetic 'energy bracelets', 'shoe inserts' or 'mattress covers', sold with health benefits lies. People spend $4+ for a Star Bucks Coffee. That's to much for a simple flavor and energy fix in my book but millions disagree everyday. Is it worth the trade? Not for my money. Does this product not give an energy boost? Is it over priced? That's a individual matter, based on results and budget. Everyone spends money unwisely nearly every day, on items they don't really need or can do without. Like Bottled water. I see this as no different. Another marketing home run. As a bona fide scam, I think it falls short. imo SS

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Posted - 07/23/2010 :  06:23:24   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ebone4rock:
(I'm not providing a link because I don't want to be a spammer)

After 329 posts at SFN, and because you have asked a "skeptical" question about a product, no administrator or moderator here would consider your providing a link in the OP, spamming. Just saying...

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filthy
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Posted - 07/23/2010 :  06:54:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My advice is to always provide a link where applicable. Can't hurt and it will help make your case. Besides, it's not as if the mods could reach through the monitor and strangle anybody (bet they wish they could sometimes!).




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Ebone4rock
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Posted - 07/23/2010 :  06:57:36   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Ebone4rock a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Kil

Ebone4rock:
(I'm not providing a link because I don't want to be a spammer)

After 329 posts at SFN, and because you have asked a "skeptical" question about a product, no administrator or moderator here would consider your providing a link in the OP, spamming. Just saying...


Well thanks Kil. I will keep that in mind for next time. I will normally err on the side of caution. I'm not always sure what protocol is.

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Posted - 07/23/2010 :  07:05:03   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
5hour energy is just an expensive caffeine shot. I wouldn't call it a scam, just overpriced (like all energy drinks are really).

Does it live up to the hype and it's own claims? Not in my experience. It does give you a caffeine boost though.


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Ebone4rock
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Posted - 07/23/2010 :  07:15:34   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Ebone4rock a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dude

5hour energy is just an expensive caffeine shot. I wouldn't call it a scam, just overpriced (like all energy drinks are really).

Does it live up to the hype and it's own claims? Not in my experience. It does give you a caffeine boost though.




Yep, I guess scam would be the wrong word.....or would it?

I dunno. It cost me about $.50 to brew a pot of freshly ground Columbian coffee this morning. My wife and I were bouncing off the walls. I know that shit works!

Compared to that $2.99-$3.99 for a teeny bottle sounds like a scam.

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Rubicon95
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Posted - 07/23/2010 :  07:31:38   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Rubicon95 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I take one when I drive to my vacation spot in NC from MA. You get a definite kick but I would contend with the no crashing claim. You do come down. My last time was nasty. The effect wore off when I was lost in DC at 3:00AM.

Natural sugars are better. I travel with a bag of grapes or other fruit.


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Posted - 07/23/2010 :  07:51:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Paulos23's Homepage Send Paulos23 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It is not just a caffeine high, there is a ton of B-vitamins in there as well. It is trying to combine the caffeine high will helping your body unlock it's energy reserves I think.

Personally I would rather drink a low key Cranenergy or Vitamin water, gives me energy without feeling like I need to run a race.

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Posted - 04/20/2011 :  09:00:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send cjsks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't think it's a scam... do you really expect to get a good deal on something that's sitting on the check-out counter? Wal-mart has 6-packs for under $10 IIRC.

I drink half a bottle (1 oz.) first thing in the morning. SO a 6-pack lasts me almost 2 weeks. Definitely gives me more of a boost than coffee. It doesn't make me jittery, it's easier, works better, and doesn't stain my teeth like coffee.

That sounded like a commercial. Call it a scam if you want, but the stuff works for me, plain and simple. And if you are paying $3.99 for a single bottle, then you're just a knucklehead.
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alienist
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Posted - 04/20/2011 :  09:23:37   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send alienist a Private Message  Reply with Quote

From the web:
Top 10 Reasons You know you have had Too Much Caffeine:
1. You can jump-start your car without cables.
2. You lick your coffeepot clean.
3. Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
4. You see nothing wrong with using water joe to make the coffee you use to take your no-doze.
5. You have to drink some form of caffeinated beverage just to sleep.
6. You don't sweat, you percolate.
7. You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
8. You get a speeding ticket even when you're parked
9. Juan Valdez names his donkey after you.
10. You know from experience caffeine tablets don't dissolve in cola.


Hmmm... coffee buzz

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On fire for Christ
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Posted - 04/20/2011 :  10:50:55   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It doesn't specify which particular amino acids, but I'm going to guess at Taurine.
B vits and Taurine are ubiquitous in energy drinks these days. Although I don't think they have any proven energy boosting effects. There's probably dozens of drinks with similar ingredients out there at the moment.

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