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by Harry F (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. I enjoy gardening and films. I have appeared in several local short films.
Published April 20th 2013
I tasted my first "Mother" energy drink the other day.
It tasted OK but when I looked at the ingredients listed on the can I wasn't so happy.

Mother Energy drink is Australian made by Coca-Cola to give a boost to your mental and physical performance.

I didn't feel any improvement after drinking the can.

The can states 8 cylinder energy system but the ingredients listed in order are:

Carbonated water (carbon dioxide gas added to water)
Sucrose (which is table sugar)
Food acids 330 and 331 (sodium citrates to give the citrus taste)
Taurine (a organic acid found in the large intestine essential for cardiovascular function)
Glucuronolactone (naturaly occuring chemical for connective tissue)
Colours150d and 104 (the sulphite ammonia caramel and yellow colours)
Preservative 202 (potassium sorbate similar to table salt)
Caffeine (a stimulant drug acting on the central nervous system)
Inositol (a chemical compound for sweetness)
Niacin (vitamin B3 essential for humans)
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5 another essential nutrient)
B6 and B12 (required for humans)
Gurana extract ( a Brazilian plant that has high caffeine content in its seeds).

So this is a lot of caffeine and sugar mixed in water.

On the side of the can it states high caffeine content so Coca-Cola are telling you that's basically what's inside.

Too much sugar may lead to tooth decay and diabetes and obesity. Too much caffeine may lead to insomnia or heart problems.

So if you feel you need an energy pick up, just have a cup of coffee with sugar and forget the marketing hype.

All references to ingredients came from Wikipedia.
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As some-one who lives in Australia and deals with the USA - I have spent nights living on Mother! I prefer it to Red Bull, Monster and Jolt; I actually don't mind the taste. Four in a twenty-four hour period keeps me going.

Look, I *know* it's full of crap and bad for me, but when I've got to study all day and then deal with publishers all night and even the smell of coffee makes me want to vomit, Mother is my go-to tipple.
by Steven G (score: 2|315) 378 days ago
I can't imagine whiy anyone needs a sugar drink.
by sueca (score: 2|113) 2454 days ago
I've had 2 seizures from drinking the mother energy drinks..... R they really worth the risk??? My partner was taken to hospital with heart problems at the age of 26 due to drinking them and. And what has compleatly blown me away is the fact a man had just died from our small town due to drinking them!!!!! They should be off the shelves how can coke cola be aloud to sell these ticking time bombs in a can (its all they r) and get away with it it a discrase!!!!! Stop thinking of the $$$$$ coke cola and think of the innocent people u r putting at risk!!!!
by tiffa (score: 0|2) 2228 days ago
There fine to drink, as long as u dont consume more than 2 cans a day and try not have it every day.. i use ti drink a can every morning b4 work and it did its job till around lunch time ..
by filak (score: 0|2) 647 days ago
shrek once said 'Its all ogre now'
by shrek (score: 0|2) 1250 days ago
Meh, there not gonna kill you.
I love a mother here n there but no never have more then one a day or at least twice a week max.
For me they are a luxury drink.
by gswc1 (score: 0|2) 623 days ago
no drink water
by gofur (score: 0|2) 499 days ago

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