Many energy drinks on the market cause an energy crisis and other problems. Why? They have loads of sugar and over-the-top amounts of caffeine. Unfortunately, that’s what you’ll find in most popular energy drinks. It’s no wonder that the consumption of these energy drinks can lead to jitters; nervousness; dehydration; irritability; high blood pressure; heart palpitations; accelerated heart rates; acute mania; dizziness; gastrointestinal upset; insomnia; difficulty concentrating; seizures and strokes.
In short, these popular energy drinks and their side effects can be monstrous!
The marketplace for “natural” energy drinks has exploded over the last few years. In fact, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, Americans spend approximately $41 billion on functional foods annually, and the vast majority of those sales are for functional beverages—and energy drinks make up almost two-thirds of that entire category.
The message to retailers, manufacturers and marketers is clear: we’re tired of being tired! In response, the market is dominated by sugary, caffeine-filled products such as Red Bull®, Monster®, RockStar®, Pepsi’s Full Throttle, and Coca Cola’s Amp® as well as a variety of liquid “shots” such as 5-hour ENERGY® shots.
It may surprise you, though, to know how much sugar is in these drinks:
• Red Bull has 54 grams of sugar per 16.8 fluid ounces.
• Monster M-80 has 46 grams of sugar per 16 fluid ounces.
• RockStar has 62 grams of sugar per 16 fluid ounces.
• Full Throttle has 59 grams of sugar per 16 fluid ounces.
• Amp has 58 grams of sugar per 16 fluid ounces.
Now for caffeine—from various sources. Consumer Reports tested 27 popular energy drinks and found caffeine amounts ranging from 6mg in a decaf shot to over 240mg, while the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence says caffeine content in energy drinks ranges from about 50mg to 505mg per can or bottle. Guarana, a plant from South America, can have twice the caffeine of coffee beans. Additionally, the caffeine added to fuel these drinks is primarily synthesized— lab created.
You don’t need—or want—that much sugar or caffeine in your energy drinks.
Instead, get healthy green energy in your energy drink, including green energy from organic cereal grass juices, yerba maté (a slightly caffeinated, nutritious herb), maca and more.
They nutritiously provide the energy you want—without monstrous ingredients or side effects.