Battery Energy Drink – Frequently Asked Questions

What are energy drinks?
Energy drinks are caffeine-containing soft drinks with a stimulating effect. Typically they also contain other stimulants such as guarana and B vitamins.

For what purpose is Battery energy drink intended?
Battery is meant for the attainment of temporary additional energy and stimulation in a convenient and pleasantly flavoured liquid form.

For whom is Battery energy drink intended?
Battery energy drink is meant for all adults and young adults requiring temporary additional energy and stimulation. The product’s marketing is aimed at over 15-year-olds.

Have recommendations been given for the drink’s use?
Battery always conforms to regulations established by local food authorities The usage recommendations usually also printed in the packaging are:
- The drink should not be ingested before bedtime (owing to caffeine’s stimulative effect)
- Battery is not for children (under 15 year-olds), expectant mothers or caffeine-allergics
- The maximum recommended consumption is 3 pieces of 0,33l cans, 2 pint sized cans or 0,4 bottles (1 litre) per day.

What are the drink’s affective ingredients and how many are there?
Battery energy drink’s power is based on (depending on variant) coffee and guarana extracts.. The ingredients used in Battery Original energy drink are water, sugar, maltodextrin, taurine, citric acid (acidity regulator), coffee and guarana extracts, vitamins (niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamins B6, B2 and B12), aromas, as well as caramel (colorant) and sodium benzoate (preservative). The ingredients vary a bit from variant to another.

What kind of warning text is on the can?
Depending on local authorities demands. Usually: High caffeine content. Avoid drinking before bedtime. Not for children, expectant mothers or caffeine-allergics. Maximum recommended consumption 3 cans per day. “For children” means under 15-year-olds.

Why should children and expectant mothers avoid ingesting energy drinks?
Children should not be put in situations where energy drinks are necessary. Because children are more sensitive to caffeine, their ingestion of energy drinks may cause side effects such as restlessness, shivers and stomach pains. Food authorities, including Finland’s Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) and the EU’s Scientific Committee on Food (SCF), consider 300mg/day a safe upper limit for expectant mothers’ caffeine consumption. Although this recommendation concerning the use of energy drinks assumes that this upper limit is not inadvertently exceeded, no proof exists that consumption exceeding the recommended limit is harmful to fetal development. According to the UKK Institute’s nutritional expert Patrik Borg, “The warning on the cans is just to be sure. Moderation is the most sensible approach.”

Why are athletes used so often in the marketing of energy drinks?
Sports are often associated with an active lifestyle. Many aspects of an athlete’s life require endurance, and in these situations energy drinks can provide additional stimulation.

Is it safe to drink energy drinks while exercising or running or doing other sports?

Within the limits of our recommendation of maximum 1 litre per day, yes. Battery Hydro is especially meant to be used within an active lifestyle.

Like other Battery energy drinks, Battery Hydro contains the familiar functional ingredients. Battery Hydro is an isotonic energy drink; its electrolyte and sugar concentrations match the body’s values, enabling it to effectively maintain the body’s fluid balance. Battery Hydro contains minerals such as sodium and magnesium. Sodium replaces the salts that dissipate from the body during perspiration, while magnesium, for its part, helps muscles to recover from stress.

Can energy drinks be used with alcohol?
The Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) recommends the avoidance of energy drinks in connection with heavy alcohol consumption. Sinebrychoff advocates reasonable alcohol consumption, and in this matter we also believe in moderation.

Are energy drinks harmful to teeth?
Energy drinks’ pH and sugar values are comparable to normal sugar-sweetened soft drinks and fresh juices, and are therefore no more harmful to the teeth. Teeth should be brushed regularly and xylitol chewing gum should be kept in mind. Battery Sugarfree energy drink alternative is also available.

Is there “real energy” in energy drinks?
Yes, in ordinary sugar-sweetened energy drinks the sugar content is approximately 10-15 g per decilitre, slightly more than in ordinary soft drinks. Consumers however expressly prefer the term “energy drinks” because of their stimulating effects. “Energy drink” has now become the established term for these types of beverages.

What is caffeine?
Caffeine is a stimulant found in over 60 plants, the best known of which are coffee, tea and cocoa.

Where does Battery energy drink’s caffeine come from?
It is extracted from coffee and guarana.

What is the basis of caffeine’s effect?
Caffeine activates the central nervous system, diminishing the feeling of fatigue.

How much caffeine is there in energy drinks?
The quantity of caffeine in energy drinks varies somewhat, but a 0,33l can of Battery energy drink, for example, contains 107 mg of caffeine. For comparison: the amount of caffeine in a cup of filter coffee is about 90-100 mg, and that in a normal cola drink about 42 mg.

Can you ingest too much caffeine?
No global definition available. As an example: the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) considers the quantity of caffeine contained in 6 cups of coffee a reasonable dose for a 24-hour period; this is equivalent to approximately 5 cans of Battery per day. For most individuals, a toxic dose of caffeine is considered to be approximately 20mg/kg; for a person weighing 75 kg, this would be equivalent to the consumption of about 14 cans of Battery over a 24-hour period. In its statement, the EU’s Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) has ascertained that energy drinks’ caffeine concentrations are not harmful for healthy adults if the drinks are consumed sensibly. The recommended dosages are marked on energy drinks’ cans.

What are the symptoms of excessive caffeine ingestion?
The effects of caffeine are highly personalized. The side effects resulting from excessive caffeine consumption can include restlessness, agitation, shivers and stomach pains. The continued ingestion of excessive caffeine amount may lead to dependency.

Can an overdose of caffeine be dangerous?
The effects of caffeine are highly personalized. The side effects resulting from excessive caffeine consumption can include restlessness, agitation, shivers and stomach pains. The ingestion of caffeine-containing drinks is not recommended for children, expectant mothers and caffeine-allergics. The EU’s Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) has ascertained that energy drinks’ caffeine concentrations are not harmful for healthy adults if the drinks are consumed sensibly.

What is guarana?
Indigenous tribes in Brazil have used the guarana plant as a natural medicine for thousands of years. Its many positive effects are associated with, for example, enhanced brain functioning and performance levels. Guarana is also used as a raw material in energy drinks. A portion of Battery energy drink’s caffeine is derived from guarana extract.

What is the basis of guarana’s effect?
Guarana’s effects are based on its high caffeine concentration.

How much guarana is there in Battery energy drink?
Guarana extract is the source of the caffeine in Battery energy drink; one can contains 107mg, or 320 mg per litre.

Can you ingest too much guarana?
The effects of guarana-containing products do not differ from other caffeine-containing products and the possible side effects are similar. Regarding caffeine, the quantity of caffeine contained in 6 cups of coffee is considered a reasonable dose for a 24-hour period; this is equivalent to approximately 5 0,33l cans of Battery energy drink. For a person weighing 75 kg, a toxic dose of caffeine would require the consumption of about 14 0,33l cans of Battery energy drink over a 24-hour period.

Why is there both caffeine and guarana in Battery energy drink?
Guarana has traditionally been used as the source of caffeine in energy drinks; it is part of the energy drink concept.

What is taurine?
Taurine is a micromolecular amino acid. There is a great deal of it in fish, meat and certain plants, including beans, peanuts and mushrooms. To a certain extent, the body also produces its own taurine. Because taurine is secreted in mother’s milk, it is added to breast milk substitutes.

What is the basis of taurine’s effect?
Taurine appears in the brain, the eye’s retinae, as well as in heart and bone marrow tissue. In the brain taurine functions as a transmitter. Taurine affects hormonal secretions, sensitivity to pain as well as the body’s temperature regulation.

Why do energy drinks contain taurine?
Taurine actives the nervous system. It protects cell membranes and facilitates the movement of substances through the cell membranes.

Can you ingest too much taurine?
There are no nutritional dosage recommendations for taurine. Because no side effects have been detected, no overdose limits have been set.

Are the studies about the safety of taurine?
Yes. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released its study in January 2009, and the conclusion is that the taurine in energy drinks is perfectly safe.

EFSA: report about taurine in energy drinks:
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1211902327742.htm

PDF Summary:
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/cs/BlobServer/Scientific_Opinion/ans_ej935_Taurine%20and%20D-glucuronolactone_sum_en.pdf?ssbinary=true

Why do energy drinks contain B vitamins?
An energy drink’s vitamin composition is built to support the drink’s purpose. A traditional part of energy drinks, vitamins participate in the body’s energy metabolism.

Can you ingest too many B vitamins?
Because B vitamins are water-soluble vitamins, extra vitamins pass through the body; B vitamins do not form large concentrations in the body. An exception is vitamin B12 that is stored. Owing to their water solubility, B vitamins should be ingested regularly and continuously. B vitamin overdoses are rare. Most B vitamins are safe, even in large 24-hour doses.

What is maltodextrin?
Maltodextrin is a long-chain sugar.

Why do energy drinks contain maltodextrin?
Besides their stimulating effects, energy drinks contain slightly more energy than normal soft drinks; this energy is derived from maltodextrin.

How much sugar is there in energy drinks?
The sugar content of most energy drinks is usually 10-15 g per decilitre; Battery Original energy drink’s sugar content is 11.5 g per decilitre. The energy in a decilitre is 50 kcal.  Battery Sugarfree energy drink contains only 5 kcal per decilitre.

Can a sudden rise in blood sugar cause symptoms?
In this respect energy drinks are no different from other stimulants with high sugar concentrations. Energy drinks do not cause exceptional changes in blood sugar levels compared to other stimulants with high sugar concentrations such as, for example, sweets.

Where is Battery energy drink sold?
Nowdays Battery energy drink is sold in about 40 countries around the world. To name few examples: Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, South Africa, Jordan and several countries in Central and South America.

What is the company behind Battery energy drink?
Sinebrychoff is the leading manufacturer of beers, ciders, soft drinks and energy drinks in Finland. Sinebrychoff began its brewing operations in 1819 and is today part of the international Carlsberg Group. Sinebrychoff is the oldest brewery in the Nordic and the oldest foodstuff manufacturer in Finland.  Battery is Sinebrychoff’s own innovation, and it has been sold in Finland since 1997. www.sinebrychoff.fi