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!

 

Spark

  • 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

 

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