The Age of Caffeination has officially arrived

Feel like you need to take a break from your daily caffeine fix? If so, you might want to avoid advice from teenage girls.

The other day, two young girls were in line in front of me at a convenience store. As one of them reached for a tall 16-ounce can of a drink called Monster, she said to the other, “We can’t drink coffee ALL the time.”

No argument there. But Monster is the alternative?

Monster is a caffeinated energy drink. Those 16-ounce cans deliver 160 mgs of caffeine, which is about the same amount of caffeine in a 12-ounce cup of coffee.

But Monster has something that the average cup-o-joe does not: guarana seed extract. In the Monster ingredients list, caffeine is one of the ingredients and guarana is another, suggesting that the actual caffeine content of Monster might be considerably higher than a Dunkin Donuts cup of coffee.

But at least these girls weren’t tossing back their Monsters with Perky Jerky. Yep, it’s just what you always wanted: Jerky infused with caffeine. But not just any caffeine – guarana caffeine. A TON of it. A 2-ounce bag of Perky Jerky contains 150 mg of caffeine.

In case you hadn’t noticed, we are now well into the Age of Caffeination.

“Ever Wish Beef Jerky Had Caffeine? Wish No More” Phil Villarreal, The Consumerist, 8/28/09,