3D Energy is a sugarless, low-calorie energy drink that’s made in the US. Its color-themed cans which are pleasing to the eye and its tasty selection of flavors might make you curious to try the drink, but you may be hesitating because you’re unsure whether it’s vegan friendly or not.
Well, keep reading because that’s the question I’m aiming to answer in this post.
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What Are The Ingredients Of 3D Energy Drink?
A 16 fl.oz (473 ml) can of 3D Energy has:
- 15 calories
- 200mg caffeine
- 0g fat
- 0mg cholesterol
- 250mg sodium
- 5g carbohydrates
- 0g sugar
- 0g protein
- Vitamin D
- Niacin (vitamin B3)
- Cobalamin (vitamin B12)
- Pyridoxine (vitamin B6)
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
It also contains a 1.5g proprietary energy blend which consists of the following:
- Panax ginseng root extract
- L-Carnitine tartrate
- Guarana seed extract
You’ll also find these ingredients in trace amounts:
- Carbonated water
- Citric acid
- Malic acid
- Sodium nitrate
- Natural and artificial flavor
- Sodium benzoate
- Potassium sorbate
- Acesulfame potassium
- Gum acacia
- Sodium chloride
- Calcium D pantothenate
- Pyridoxine hydrochloride
- FD&C Blue #1
- Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
Let’s take a closer look at some of the ingredients from this list.
How Much Caffeine Is In A Can Of 3D Energy?
You’ll find 200mg of caffeine in a can of 3D Energy.
Caffeine is commonly found in several natural sources: Coffee beans, kola nuts, cocoa beans, tea leaves and guarana berries.
It acts as a stimulant, helping you to stay alert and focus on what’s in front of you. It also helps keep tiredness at bay.
Caffeine is also a favorite in fitness circles due to its ability to enhance your physical performance during a workout or sports activity.
When it’s derived from natural sources, caffeine is definitely vegan.
However, caffeine can also be produced synthetically.
Based on what I know, it’s quite likely that whenever a manufacturer lists “caffeine” in the ingredients list for an energy drink, it’s referring to a synthetic version of the substance.
Contrast this with instances of caffeine that’s derived from natural origins: In such cases, it’s more common for the source to be specifically mentioned in the ingredients, e.g. “guarana extract” or “green tea extract”.
So, for 3D Energy, it would seem that the caffeine source is synthetic. So it’s very likely vegan.
How Much Sugar Is In A Can Of 3D Energy?
There isn’t any sugar in 3D Energy at all, and that’s a huge relief.
Instead, the drink relies on the artificial sweeteners, sucralose and acesulfame potassium (also known as ace-K) to provide a sweet taste.
Sucralose is actually 600 times sweeter than sugar, but is deemed considerably safer for you.
This is because it will not be digested and absorbed into your body the way that sugar would and it actually contains zero calories. For this reason, it’s often used by people suffering from obesity and diabetes.
You’ll be happy to know that there doesn’t seem to be any animal-sourced ingredients used for the manufacturing process of sucralose.
Does 3D Energy Contain Preservatives?
3D Energy, like most other energy drinks, makes use of several preservatives including sodium benzoate and sodium nitrate. These chemical compounds are vegan in most cases.
Aside from the concern about the vegan status of these ingredients, you might also want to do some research of your own to find out about the side effects that they might have on you when you consume them in your 3D Energy drink.
Generally speaking, it’s safe to take small amounts of preservatives in your food, but if it’s in excessive amounts, that may cause you certain health problems.
One glance at the long list of ingredients for 3D Energy may have left you more confused than informed about the vegan status of this energy drink.
Let’s demystify things a little by taking a look at some of these ingredients together so you can understand a bit more about them:
|Ingredients||Purpose||Where does it come from commercially?||Is it vegan?|
|Niacin (vitamin B3)||Helps convert carbs and fat from food into energy.||Synthetic||Yes|
|Cobalamin (vitamin B12)||Helps convert carbs and fat from food into energy.||Bacterial, fungal or synthetic.||Yes|
|Pyridoxine (vitamin B6)||Helps convert carbs and fat from food into energy.||Synthetic||Yes|
|Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)||Helps convert carbs and fat from food into energy.||Mostly synthetic.||Yes|
|Taurine||Enhances physical performance when used in combination with caffeine.||Usually synthetic.||Yes|
|Panax ginseng root extract||Increases energy, prevents fatigue, relieves stress, promotes memory. boosts immunity.||Plant root||Yes|
|L-Carnitine tartrate||Anti-oxidant, helps body produce energy from fat, speeds up metabolism, increases energy levels, thermogenic.||Bacterial||Yes|
|Glucuronolactone||Detoxicant, prevent glycogen depletion.||Usually synthetic.||Yes|
|Inositol||Anti-oxidant, helps in blood sugar control, boosts metabolism, enhances ability to focus.||Usually synthetic.||Yes|
|Guarana seed extract||Stimulant. Enhances mental and physical performance.||Fruit seeds.||Yes|
|Erythritol||Flavour enhancer||Vegetable (usually corn).||Yes|
|Citric acid||Flavouring or preservative.||Vegetable, bacterial, fungal, or mould.||Yes|
|Malic acid||Flavor additive, acidifier,||Usually synthetic.||Yes|
|Natural and artificial flavor||Flavor additive.||Plant/synthetic||Yes|
|Sodium benzoate||Preservative, usually for acidic foods.||Mineral-synthetic.||Yes|
|Potassium sorbate||Yeast and mold inhibitor.||Mineral-synthetic.||Yes|
|Acesulfame potassium||Non nutritive sweetener.||Synthetic||Yes|
|Gum acacia||Multi-functional food additive.||Plant||Yes|
|Niacinamide||Nutrition supplement to support the function of the nervous system.||Synthetic||Yes|
|D-Glucuronolactone||Increasing physical and mental performance. Helps in detoxification.||Plant||Yes|
|Sodium chloride||Preservative, flavor enhancer,||Mineral deposits / sea water.||Yes|
|Calcium D pantothenate||Calcium salt version of vitamin B5. Helps convert food in the body into energy.||Usually synthetic.||Yes|
|Pyridoxine hydrochloride||Helps convert food in the body into energy.||Synthetic||Yes|
|FD&C Blue #1||Color additive.||Usually synthetic.||Yes|
|Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)||Aids in formation of red blood cells and maintenance of the nervous system.||Bacterial / fungal / synthetic.||Yes|
Controversies About Animal Testing
It’s common for synthetically developed ingredients to be tested on animals to ensure their safety for human consumption.
For example, artificial sweeteners like acesulfame potassium (ace-K) have undergone animal testing in the past.
There are several types of animal testing:
- Acute toxicity
- Corrosion (Eye and skin irritation)
- Skin sensitization
- Reproductive and developmental toxicity
Many vegans (if not all) are against companies who test their products this way, and it’s quite easy to see why.
These practices are actually pretty cruel and inhumane. But the outcomes observed from tests done on animals often don’t accurately predict what will happen in humans.
Alternative methods for product testing which involve the use of computers, cell and tissue cultures, and alternative organisms have been proposed, but have yet to gain widespread acceptance.
Since the debate on this issue is still ongoing, you will need to decide what your stance is and how this will affect your dietary choices as a vegan.
As far as I know, there haven’t been any controversies with regards to 3D Energy and animal testing. So if this is an acceptable standard for you to go by, then by all means just go head and enjoy this drink.
But if the ambiguity of it all still bothers you, then perhaps you’ll need to do some independent research of your own in order to rid yourself of any doubt.
You might even need to contact the manufacturer yourself in order to get more definite answers before you can decide whether or not this drink is suitable for you.
What Flavors Are Available For 3D Energy Drink?
Here is the list of currently available 3D Energy flavors:
- Berry Blue
- Liberty Pop
- Citrus Dew
- Cotton Candy
- Candy Punch
Most of the flavors for 3D Energy seem to be inspired by fruits. On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be any apparent reason to suspect that they contain non-vegan ingredients.
If at all, the Cotton Candy may be a little suspicious, but having looked over the ingredients list, I didn’t seem to see anything that might raise concerns from a vegan perspective.
Is 3D Energy Drink Vegan?
Based on what we’ve discussed, it seems safe to assume that 3D Energy drink is suitable for vegans.
I’m making this conclusion based on our earlier analysis of the ingredients list as there doesn’t seem to be any animal by-products being used.
Of course, if you’re concerned about the issue of animal testing and you’d like more information before you pick up a can of 3D Energy to drink, then you may need to investigate the matter further on your own.
Otherwise, we can generally conclude that 3D Energy is indeed vegan.
How Often Can I Drink 3D Energy?
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s guidelines, you should only take up to 400mg of caffeine in a day.
To safeguard your health, you’ll want to keep your consumption of 3D Energy drinks within these limits.
What this comes down to is basically a maximum of two cans in a day because one can of 3D Energy already has 200mg of caffeine in a can.
But I wouldn’t even suggest drinking two cans because there are often other sources of caffeine in your diet. So if you aren’t careful, you may very easily exceed the 400mg limit.
It would be better if you stuck to just one can of 3D Energy at a time, and this might be the wiser option especially if you plan to drink 3D Energy every day.
If you’d like more information on how drinking 3D Energy every day will affect your health, you check out this other post that I wrote about it that covers everything you need to know.
Does 3D Energy Drink Work?
3D Energy Drink does actually work.
It’s not surprising that I got a nice boost from it though, because pretty much all energy drinks provide some sort of boost.
I felt a noticeable lift around 15 minutes after drinking a can and it felt like I was brimming with energy for the next hour or so before the effects gradually wore off.
After about 2.5 hours I wasn’t sure if I could still feel any difference or not. Still, better that than suffering a sugar-crash, so no complaints here.
Overall, I’d say that 3D Energy provides a nice energy boost without any noticeable crash.
But you’d probably need to try it out yourself to find out whether it works just as well for you.
Where Can I Buy 3D Energy And How Much Does It Cost?
The most reliable source of information on where you can buy 3D Energy would be the official product website.
If you live in the US, you can use the Store Locator page to discover the nearest location where you can buy a 3D Energy drink.
Although this would definitely be the more convenient option, bear in mind that you’ll have to cover shipping costs as well so it might end up being more expensive.
Alternatives To 3D Energy Drink
Here are some great alternatives to 3D Energy drink that you might want to try:
- Red Bull
- Rip It
- Advocare Spark
- REIZE (Don’t miss out on this one!)
REIZE (10 out of 10)
Let’s talk about REIZE for a moment.
REIZE is a powdered energy drink which is a great choice for vegans.
You can put all your worries to rest as I can assure you that REIZE is 100% vegan.
Its unique blend of ingredients includes 1000mg of taurine, ginseng and B vitamins will revitalize you with each sip.
There’s only 50mg of caffeine in every sachet of REIZE, and this is much less than what you’d get in a can of 3D Energy (200mg).
Besides that, it’s also sugar-free with only 11 calories per serving.
Because it’s sold in sachets, REIZE can be taken along with you anywhere you go. Just mix it with your favorite beverage and you’ll have your energy drink ready in seconds. Unlike ready-to-drink options like 3D Energy, you also have the freedom to adjust the strength of the drink to your liking.
Get REIZE delivered right to your door for about $1 per drink, inclusive of shipping. That’s incredibly good value for money.
Try REIZE today and you might soon agree with me that it’s better than 3D Energy.
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