Latte VS Energy Drinks (In-depth Comparison)

A latte is a type of coffee and a go-to energy source for coffeeholics.

Energy drinks on the other hand are artificially made beverages that boost energy. It also enhances physical performance and mental alertness.

Caffeine is the most commonly used stimulant around the world. Though many people choose coffee for their caffeine fix, others go for energy drinks.

Both types of drinks contain caffeine and give you that instant energy that gets you through the day.

You must be wondering how these two differ. Well, I did wonder so I made some research!

Keep reading to find out what these drinks are all about – one is coffee and the other is an artificially made fizzy energy drink. So let’s start.

Ingredients in a latte and energy drinks

Latte

  • Ground Espresso
  • Steamed milk

Energy drinks

  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • B vitamins
  • Caffeine
  • Caffeine anhydrous
  • Flavorings
  • Gluconolactone
  • L-Carnitine
  • Preservatives
  • Taurine

Latte benefits

A cup of latte.

Latte is well-loved for its vibrant taste of fresh-brewed espresso combined with warm, soothing milk. 

Apart from its amazing taste, there are so many other reasons why people adore this drink – and you should too!

For one it has many beneficial nutrients. Being a coffee variant, latte carries the antioxidant benefits that coffee offers.

If you’re interested to read more on the many benefits of coffee, check out my post right here.

A full mug of latte provides 9 important nutrients present in the milk. One of them is calcium – 300 mg of it which makes up 25% of the daily recommended value.

It also has 8 grams of essential protein to help keep your body fuller for a longer time.

Lattes are also known for decreasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Consuming it in moderation may also help in weight loss which prevents cardiovascular disorders.

A latte also makes your morning easier! Why? Latte is a rich drink and can be a good option for breakfast. 

It’s pretty easy to make a latte at home and you can customize it according to your preference. If you want to try, here are some easy latte recipes.

Speaking of customizing, latte comes in different flavors too!

Examples of the popular latte flavors are rainbow latte, carrot cake latte, beetroot latte, turmeric latte, and mushroom latte!

Naturally flavored lattes like beetroot and turmeric have extra perks. It makes your skin glow, relieves muscle pain, fights infections, and is a memory-booster.

As we all know coffee is a natural source of caffeine and the organic caffeine in a latte acts as a stimulant in altering brain functions, improving energy levels, and enhancing your focus and alertness.

Benefits of energy drinks

Different canned energy drinks.

Energy drinks nowadays seem to have a bad rep because of research proving that consuming them is not so good for one’s health especially in children, teenagers, and young adults.

But to be fair, there are still benefits when you consume energy drinks as long as you do it occasionally or moderately.

The first benefit is an obvious one – energy drinks are made to give you that feeling of being fully awake! It’s supposed to make you more alert and productive.

There’s also a standard amount of caffeine in each can of energy drink, unlike coffee that varies according to the type or blend.

This is advantageous and quite helpful especially for those keeping a watch over their caffeine consumption.

Besides caffeine, energy drinks also contain other energy-giving ingredients like B vitamins, taurine, glucuronolactone, and ginseng. These ingredients are added as a long-term benefit for you because vitamins and minerals are good for the body.

Energy drinks can also be consumed much quicker than coffee as they’re served cold whereas coffee is usually sipped because of its hot temperature.

Quicker consumption causes caffeine to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster giving immediate results. It’s convenient and refreshingly fizzy especially during hot days.

Energy drinks are also available in a variety of flavors and options to suit the taste of more consumers.

If you’re someone who doesn’t exactly like the taste of coffee or tea but needs a caffeine fix, then an energy drink is your best bet.

Energy drinks are more affordable compared to Starbucks and other gourmet coffees.

A single Starbucks drink costs $5 or sometimes even more while some brands of energy drinks offer their product for only $1. Popular brands offer 2 for $3 in convenience stores during special promotions.

Athletes are also one of the biggest consumers of energy drinks because it offers a way for them to recover faster from exercise due to the carbs and caffeine they contain.

Instead of sipping on a hot or milky drink, many athletes prefer a light and cold beverage after a workout.

Though black coffee does not contain any calories, some prefer to enhance their drink by adding milk, sugar, cream, or even butter to it.

As far as energy drinks are concerned, there are many zero-calorie options available that can satisfy your caffeine needs without the added calories and sugar.

Which is stronger: latte or energy drinks?

A cup of latte and Monster punch energy drink put side by side.

A latte is not as strong as any energy drink.

Energy drinks have additional boosting ingredients that make them stronger than a latte which doesn’t contain any artificial boosters.

Compared to energy drinks, a latte’s stimulating effects can be slower but beneficial and better in the long run.

Moderate intake of energy drinks will not likely harm you but if you drink them regularly, you’ll start feeling increasingly tired once the effect goes off.

With a latte, you can choose which ingredients you’d like to put in it – the amount of espresso, milk, and even any kind of flavoring you want to add.

This can result in a stronger or a weaker cup of coffee depending on the amount of each ingredient. But even then, a latte isn’t as strong enough as an energy drink. 

The caffeine, sugars, and additional energy boosters that are found in energy drinks cause you to feel an immediate energy lift as soon as you drink the first sip.

In short, most energy drinks are stronger than a latte.

How much sugar does a latte and energy drinks have?

A latte naturally doesn’t have any sugar, just the natural hint of sweetness from the milk.

Whereas energy drinks have tons of artificial sweeteners added to them. A regular can have somewhere from 26 to 34 grams of sugar, making it extensively sweet and unhealthy.

Energy drinks contain more than 14 teaspoons of sugar in a single serving – an alarming amount!

As I’ve mentioned a while ago, a latte doesn’t contain any added sugar. Of course, you can add sugar or any flavored syrups to make it sweet but a classic is made without any.

As a reminder though: sugar is not so good for the human body. It’s advised by health experts to avoid sugar completely or take it in very little amounts.

Following is a table of five popular energy drinks and their respective sugar content.

Energy Drink 12 oz canSugar Content
Red Bull34 gm
Monster54 gm
BangSugar-Free
Rockstar69 gm
Mother26 gm
Popular energy drinks with their sugar content.

Watch the video to know more about how much sugar some popular energy drinks contain.

To sum it all up

Both latte and energy drinks have their benefits.

When consumed moderately, both can be beneficial as they provide much-needed vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Though energy drinks may give you many short-term benefits, my personal choice is to opt for coffee as it’s all-natural and can have a long-term positive effect on our body.

And again I remind, moderate consumption for both is essential.

Most of the popular brands of energy drinks are packed with artificial sweeteners which can have serious adverse effects on the body.

But in the end, it’s ultimately your choice. I only presented both sides.

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Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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