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Love it, Like it, Hate it: ‘Natural’ Energy Drinks

There’s no doubt that energy drinks like Red Bull and RockStar aren’t exactly ‘healthy’ – but what about those energy drink s that are touted as ‘all-natural’?  in today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best & worst of supposedly  natural energy drinks – plus an inside look at what some of those ingredients really are!

Most mainstream energy drinks provide “energy” with:

  • Caffeine (most have 80-160 mg per can; compare to 100 mg for cup of coffee)
  • B Vitamins (B6, B12, B3/Niacin)
  • Ingredients that can increase mental & athletic performance
    • Taurine:   Amino acid; may heighten mental awareness & improve athletic performance
    • Glucuronolactone: Part of connective tissue; Can improve reaction time when paired with caffeine


Love it!


Hiball Sparkling Energy Water

  • 0 cals, B vitamins, ginseng, 160 mg caffeine per 16-oz can
  • No artificial sweeteners or colors


Blue Energy Zero Calorie

  • 0 cals, B vitamins, taurine, Glucuronolactone, 80 mg caffeine per 16-oz can
  • Very similar ingredients to Red Bull but no artificial sweeteners or colors


SYNC Wellshots Energy & Focus

  • 20 cals, B vitamins, taurine, green tea, 120 mg caffeine per shot
  • No artificial sweeteners or colors



Like it!



  • 45 calories, 11 grams carbs, 0 sugar
  • B vitamins, vitamin C, 120 mg caffeine
  • Artificially sweetened with sucralose  (Splenda)


Jamba Energy Drink – Crisp Apple, Strawberry Banana, Blueberry Pomegranate

  • 90 calories, 20 grams sugar (from fruit purees and juices); 80 mg caffeine per can


Monster Rehab

25 calories, 3 grams sugar, 162 mg caffeine per bottle

B vitamins, ginseng, glucuronolactone, quercitin…

Contains artificial sweetener acesulfame potassium



Hate it!

SK Energy

  • 0 cals, B vitamins, vitamin C, glucoronolactone, green tea, sucralose (Splenda)
  • As much as 250-280 mg caffeine per shot



3 Comments to “Love it, Like it, Hate it: ‘Natural’ Energy Drinks”

    Get It Right said:
    July 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Fact check & video-to-print check needed. You've left some from the video completely out of the print portion and placed one in the Hate that is in the Video as Liked.

      Joe the WGNO Web Guy said:
      July 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Whoops! You're right. Molly made some last-minute changes before she went on. We've changed the script.

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