If you happen to’ve been on TikTok this month, you will have heard individuals speaking a few viral new drink on provide at Panera Bread referred to as Charged Lemonade. It is available in three flavors, every of which incorporates huge quantities of caffeine and added sugar.
Content material creator Sarah Baus posted a video concerning the Mango Yuzu Citrus taste on December 8, and shared the impact the drink had on her. Within the video, Baus explains that she likes doing work at Panera Bread—which, notably, gives free refills on drinks—versus working from dwelling. She goes on to say that, throughout latest work classes, she’s discovered herself getting “4 or 5” refills of Charged Lemonade. However after studying what, precisely, is within the drink, she was floored: “This must be unlawful,” she says within the video.
So…what’s the cope with Charged Lemonade? The Mango Yuzu Citrus and Strawberry Lemon Mint varieties every comprise a whopping 260 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per 20-ounce serving, whereas the third possibility, the Fuji Apple Cranberry taste, is available in at a mere 259 mg. (To place that into context, an 8-ounce cup of espresso usually accommodates wherever between 80 to 100 mg of caffeine. An 8.4-ounce Crimson Bull has 80 mg of caffeine, whereas different vitality drinks can usually go as much as 250 mg per serving.)
Moreover, the Mango Yuzu Citrus Charged Lemonade accommodates 82 grams of sugar; the opposite two flavors comprise 65 grams. (FYI: The max quantity of added sugar an individual ought to intention to have in a day is 25 to 36 grams, per the American Coronary heart Affiliation.)
Remember the fact that these numbers account for one 20-ounce “common” serving of Charged Lemonade—if Baus actually did drink 5 regular-size cups of the Mango Yuzu Citrus taste in a row, she’d have consumed a staggering 1,300 mg of caffeine and 410 grams of sugar. For reference, you’d must drink greater than eight tall Americanos from Starbucks to eat that a lot caffeine and eat almost three pints of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream to soak up that a lot sugar. “I made a decision I’m going to water them down,” Baus jokes after explaining what she realized about Charged Lemonade. “I really feel just like the Hulk.”
Whereas ingesting Charged Lemonade isn’t essentially harmful, per se, it may very well be brutal should you’re significantly delicate to caffeine, Keri Gans, a New York–primarily based registered dietitian nutritionist and creator of The Small Change Weight-reduction plan, tells SELF. “It’s very individualized,” Gans says, explaining that caffeine impacts individuals in another way. For instance, some individuals have to chop themselves off after two small-ish cups of espresso every morning, however different individuals can drink espresso nicely into the night and nonetheless handle to go to sleep at an affordable hour.
The identical goes for the caffeine content material in Charged Lemonade, based on Gans. “Some individuals, that one serving can have no impact on them. Different individuals might undoubtedly get the jitters; they might get anxious,” she says. You need to attempt to cap your caffeine consumption at 400 mg per day, per the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA). Which means that if a single Charged Lemonade is the one caffeinated drink you will have in a day, you’ll in all probability be superb (except you already know you’re extremely delicate to caffeine). However should you get a refill and/or have a number of cups of espresso earlier than or after you down one, you could be overdoing it.