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Energy drink ingredients & what they do (explained simply)

Energy drinks have many different ingredients

For the average person, most of the ingredients listed on the back of an energy drink are basically incomprehensible, since we don't really see them elsewhere in our daily lives. 

Which ingredients are good?

Which ones might have nasty side effects?

We've done the hard work so that you don't need to - this is a comprehensive guide to the most common energy drink ingredients right at your fingertips. You might like to bookmark this page to make it easier to refer back to later.

Let's get started. 

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What do all these multi-colored cans actually contain? 

Caffeine 

Caffeine is of course a key ingredient in any energy drink, and energy drinks are often packed full of either synthetic or natural caffeine, like guarana seed extract. 

Caffeine attaches itself to adenosine receptors, meaning that those receptors are unable to properly identify all of the adenosine in our brains (this is the process that tells our brain when it's time to go to sleep). 

As a result, caffeine helps to effectively trick our brains into thinking that we are more awake and alert than we actually are. 

Synthetic caffeine

Synthetic caffeine is not much different from natural caffeine, except for the fact that it's made in a lab. 

Synthetic caffeine is made from a chemical synthesis of urea and chloroacetic acid, as opposed to being extracted from plant material. 

Although both natural and synthetic caffeine are chemically identical, the sources are completely different. As of now, there are no studies that say which is better than the other, and synthetic caffeine does not seem to have any negative side effects as compared to natural caffeine. 

Both sources of caffeine affect the body in exactly the same way.

Guarana Seed Extract

Guarana seed extract is derived from the guarana plant, which is named after the Guarani tribe in the Amazon. 

Guarana contains caffeine, which in turn, stimulates the central nervous system and gives you the energy boost that you need. Because it contains caffeine, guarana works exactly the same way as regular caffeine - it blocks the adenosine receptors ability to detect adenosine, thus making us feel more awake.

Besides caffeine, guarana also contains the chemicals theophylline and theobromine, which both have a similar effect on the body as caffeine does. 

Guarana has no known side effects besides those that usually come with an overconsumption of caffeine.

Taurine 

Taurine is an amino acid that is found in the body and commonly used as a dietary supplement.

Studies suggest that the combination of taurine with caffeine can be effective for the brain, but these studies are only preliminary. 

Taurine can also help to lower the risk of certain diseases, improve sporting performances and help with muscle recovery

effects energy drink teenagers
Monster is one of the energy drinks with the highest sugar content - 52g is nothing to laugh at.

Sugar 

Glucose 

Glucose is a simple sugar and one of the most widely known monosaccharides. It is also considered a subcategory of carbohydrates. 

Sugar gives you an energy boost because it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and used as fuel for cells, which is why you might experience an uptick in energy when consuming something sugary. 

This is also where the term 'sugar rush' comes from. 

Sucrose 

Sucrose is a combination of glucose and fructose, another simple sugar. 

Like glucose, your body absorbs this sugar and uses it as fuel for your cells. It does have bad effects though, as your body can use this sugar to feed potential cancer cells or even store it as unneeded fat. 

Artificial Sugars 

Sucralose 

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is supposed to replace natural sugars in food and drink.

Although Sucralose has been deemed safe by government authorities, there are still concerns about the side effects that occur after consuming this sweetener. 

Sucralose is a simple sugar made from sugar in a chemical process where 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups are replaced with chlorine atoms. 

Sucralose has been found to reduce good gut bacteria (the ones that help improve your digestion- this study found that up to 12 weeks after the experiment, the gut bacteria had still not returned).

It can also help you lose weight to some extent, if you replace sugar in your diet with Sucralose - but not enough evidence about the effects of long-term use of Sucralose have been examined. 

As with many modern chemicals, there simply isn't enough data for scientists and researchers to confidently say that these are side effects that are associated with the chemicals in question - only data collected over a longer time will tell what effects the chemicals actually have on the human body. 

Acesulfame Potassium 

This is sometimes otherwise known as Ace K, and is 200 times sweeter than sugar. 

Ace K works by stimulating sweet receptors on the tongue, and is not absorbed into the body at all. Some studies claim that it can disrupt metabolic processes and interfere with blood sugar control. 

The FDA has stipulated that the acceptable dosage of Ace K is 15mg/kg/day. So, depends on your individual weight and height, but you would need to consume a lot of sweetener to overdose. 

4 mio water enhancer drinks
This water flavor type of energy drink does not contain any simple sugars, but it does contain a lot of artificial sweeteners.

B Vitamins 

B3 (Niacin)

This is more commonly known as Niacin, and drinks like Monster have 200% of the recommended daily limit of Niacin. 

Niacin is water soluble, so excess vitamins get passed out of the body if not needed. Some benefits of niacin are that it can lower cholesterol and may prevent heart disease. 

Niacin is a crucial vitamin for a healthy body, but in excess, Niacin has been known to cause issues like skin conditions, liver toxicity and nerve damage in some of the worst cases. 

B6 

Vitamin B6 has been known to help reduce cardiovascular disease, and low concentrations of it have been linked to an increase in cancer, but as of now, this is mostly speculation. 

So, it's safe to say, Vitamin B6 is pretty important for your body. 

What happens if you have it in excess?

Lack of muscle control, gastrointestinal discomfort and numbness are all symptoms, but it's actually extremely difficult to overdose on vitamins like this because the amount you'd have to consume is so huge. 

B12 

This vitamin is important in helping make your DNA and red blood cells, so its role and importance is bigger than any of the vitamins so far. Its addition in energy drinks can potentially help supplement your body in these ways. 

Natural sources of this vitamin include red meat, fish, dairy products, and eggs. 

However, over-consuming vitamin B12 can lead to a rapid decline in kidney function, and puts you at a greater risk of a stroke or heart attack. 

Interestingly, some energy drinks contain a staggering amount of vitamin B12.

Zipfizz, for example, contains 41,667% of the recommended daily value of B12. XS energy drink contains 4,900% of the recommended daily value.

B8 (Inositol) 

This chemical and vitamin facilitates communication between brain cells, as the neurotransmitters require inositol to relay messages through the nervous system. 

Inositol is known to boost mood, memory and concentration

However, taking higher doses of this could lead to diarrhea, increased mood swings, or even nausea and vomiting. 

Guru energy drink against the swimming pool
Guru energy is packed full of vitamins, but how many of these do you actually need? 

Glucuronolactone 

This supplement can help in the structuring of connective tissues. It also has detoxifying effects, and is commonly used in energy drinks as well. 

It can help with concentration and the memory of individuals. 

But the combination of this chemical with the other ingredients in energy drinks may actually be quite negative, and there hasn't been much research conducted on this as of now. 

Panax ginseng extract 

Most people have heard of the ginseng root, a traditional Chinese herb, and a staple in some energy drinks. Panax ginseng root grows mostly in the eastern hemisphere of the world, mainly in Korea and China. 

Ginseng root comes with a myriad of benefits, such as being a good source of antioxidants, just like green tea. Ginseng can also help to heal damaged cells and in recovery, plus it can be used in the prevention of cancer. It also plays a role in boosting the immune system. 

Ginkgo Biloba 

This is well known as an Asian herb supplement, and is something that is said to help with memory, and can slightly improve the condition of Alzheimer patients. 

It is also an antioxidant, which means that it helps to prevent the deterioration of cells, keeping your body happy and healthy for a longer time. 

However, for those on certain kinds of medication, Ginkgo Biloba may actually produce negative effects, so please do consult your doctor if you have a history of blood clots, or anti-platelet inhibitor medications. 

L-carnitine

This is an ammonium compound involved in metabolism in most mammals, plants and bacteria. 

It can be used to treat heart conditions such as heart pains, congestive heart failure, and other heart related issues. Some also use them for muscle disorders, and to treat a range of other conditions. 

In other words, this seems like a super drug, which is quite interesting... and somewhat doubtful.

Carnitine comes in two forms, L-carnitine and D-carnitine, but both are not interchangeable. 

Some side effects of L-carnitine include kidney failure, muscle weakness and hypothyroidism.  

L-theanine 

The chemical is mostly derived from tea, but it looks like it has made its way over into the list of energy drink ingredients as well.

This is an amino acid that has been shown to be an effective relaxant for individuals. 

L-theanine may slow down brain and heart decline, similar to an antioxidant. It could also do several other things, such as improve the symptoms of schizophrenia and improve mood. 

Surprisingly, there does not seem to be any serious side effects associated with L-theanine, but you might be allergic to it, so just keep an eye out the first time you try it. 

Preservatives 

Preservatives are widely used in food and drink nowadays in an attempt to prolong shelf life. However, the preservatives themselves can also come with a wide array of potential problems, so the less of them consumed, the better. 

Sodium Benzoate 

This is a widely used chemical preservative, as well as a food preservative. It mostly protects against fungus growing on food, which can make you seriously ill. 

By lowering the pH of the substance, sodium benzoate makes sure that fungi have no way to grow. 

Some side effects associated with sodium benzoate are headaches, higher risk of cancer, decreased appetite and mood swings. 

Sorbic Acid 

This is also a preservative that wards off nasty fungi that may grow on your food, such as yeast and mold. 

In high doses, it can potentially be harmful to your skin, causing lesions or irritation. 

Potassium Sorbate 

The final thing to round off our trio of preservatives, this can definitely make food last longer, but it also does come with certain bad side effects. 

Getting a migraine from this preservative is possible, as well as allergic reactions in some people. 

Bang energy drink cans lined up
Most energy drinks contain a huge amount of preservatives to extend shelf life. 

Citric Acid

This is derived from citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes and oranges. It is often manufactured to be added to drinks and food, as well as medicines and cleaning products. 

It has a distinctly sour taste, and can possibly enhance nutrient absorption and protect against kidney stones. 

However, some possible side effects are that you might be allergic to it or experience joint swelling if taken in excess. 

How much of these ingredients are actually included in your energy drink?

One thing to pay close attention to is how much of certain ingredients are actually included in your energy drink. 

This can go both ways, sometimes there are unhealthy ingredients that are included in larger quantities than you might like. Other times, there are great-sounding ingredients that are included in very tiny amounts simply for marketing purposes. 

If in doubt, do a google search for the "minimum effective dose" for whatever ingredient you are looking at and then compare that figure to the amount included inside your energy drink.

You'll often be shocked by how little of the headline ingredients that they actually contain.

I'm not going to call out any specific brands, but definitely do your own research about how much of all ingredients, both good and bad, are included in your energy drink of choice.

To help, I've previously studied many of the best energy drinks around the world and analyzed how much of everything is actually included in a can. 

I'll list some of them below.

Some energy drinks to try 

There are lots of great energy drinks on the market. If you're looking for some ready-to-drink energy drinks, take a look at: 

 Red Bull 

• Rockstar 

 Celsius

 XS 

 Rip It

 Bang energy drink 

 Bing (not to be confused with Bang!)

 Guru

 Xyience 

Monster

Powdered energy drinks are also a great option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the top energy drinks on the market, but still come with the same great flavor and effectiveness:  

 Gfuel 

 Zipfizz powder

 Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (10 out of 10)

You could also take a look at Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to take. At 200mg of caffeine, it's quite a lot of caffeine, which will keep you awake, but without the great, energizing taste or other good ingredients that are included in energy drinks. 

Of course, there are also loads of other caffeinated products out there that you could check out for your energy needs.

Make It Mio immediately comes to mind, which is used to flavor your water and give you an energy boost, for those who are a bit more health-conscious. 

With 50mg, REIZE contains a lot less caffeine than your usual energy drink, but it does contain plenty of other great energy-boosting ingredients that are healthy for you, such as 1000mg of taurine, 50mg of ginseng and plenty of B group vitamins

REIZE is a lot more convenient and versatile, since you can add all types of liquids to it  - soda, hot water, cold water, flavored juice... it's up to you!

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, more affordable (and convenient) than most other energy drinks. 

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that you love it too.

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Top 20 energy drink dangers (2019 edition)

Some top energy drinks have dangers associated with them.

Curious about how bad energy drinks are for you?

You've probably heard horror stories about death, kidney failure and diabetes, but honestly, all those are only a possibility if you consume energy drinks in excess. 

In this article, I break down the top energy drink dangers and what causes them. 

1. Vitamin overdose

Although getting a lot of vitamins may seem like a good thing, this isn't necessarily the case.

The vitamins typically used in energy drinks are Vitamin B2, B3, B6 and B12, all naturally occurring vitamins that the body requires. However, if you look closely at the nutrition labels, it usually says that it's 100% of the daily recommended limit, and sometimes even 200% (or more) of the daily recommended limit. 

Zipfizz, for example, contains a staggering 41,667% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B12. XS energy drink contains 4,900% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin B12.

That means that you're getting far more vitamins than you actually need, which may actually not be beneficial to you at all - especially when the vitamins are combined with caffeine, the effects are uncertain. 

Red Bull energy drink nutritional facts on the can
The typical nutrition facts on the back of a Red Bull energy drink can - some energy drinks contain more ingredients, such as Monster, which has a 'special Monster blend' with more vitamins and added substances.

2. Mood disorders

According to this study, patients with bipolar disorders were more likely to display symptoms or relapse while drinking energy drinks. This is because of the 'up and down' effect that caffeine has on the body. 

The connection between energy drinks and mood disorders is unfortunately not a positive one, so if you suffer from depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, consult your doctor before taking energy drinks and be aware of the risks. 

3. Addiction 

The caffeine in energy drinks is basically a drug - that means you will be able to get addicted to it. 

A classic sign of addiction is when you feel like you need the energy drink in order to "feel normal". When you don't get your required fix, that means you have withdrawal symptoms, like shivering, sleepiness, or headaches. 

It may seem like you have a low chance of being addicted to energy drinks, but in actual fact, the more you drink it, the more likely it is that an addiction will develop. 

4. Caffeine overdose 

An overdose of caffeine can produce the following side-effects: 

  • Headaches 
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle jerking (jitters) 
  • Disorientation

If you notice, some of these side-effects are actually similar to energy drink side effects - that means that the caffeine in the energy drinks is actually causing a lot of the potential problems.

At this point it's worth mentioning that energy drinks are certainly not the only caffeinated beverages that have the potential to cause health issues if abused.

Keep in mind, you're really only supposed to drink a maximum of 400mg of caffeine per day. Check out my other article which lists some of the most highly-caffeinated energy drinks in the world.

5. Obesity 

Monster energy drink bad for you
You won't believe how much sugar is in a single can of Monster- 52g! That's on top of artificial sugars and flavorings as well - I bet you're thinking twice about reaching for that second can now. 

This isn't as common a problem with the sugar-free and low calorie drinks, but some energy drinks can contain up to 100 calories, which is a lot! 

The sugars - especially simple sugars, can cause your fat cells to grow and multiply at an astonishing rate. If you've been gaining a lot of weight recently, take a look at your sugary drink consumption. 

This problem is especially serious in children, who put on weight easily if not controlled - but kids and teenagers aren't supposed to be drinking energy drinks anyway due to the associated dangers for their developing bodies.

6. Type 2 Diabetes 

This one is pretty self explanatory.

Diabetes can occur when your body no longer is able to produce insulin, which gets rid of sugar in your body. That means that there are potentially toxic levels of sugar in your blood, and it's a very serious problem. 

The high amounts of sugar in energy drinks means that your body is constantly flooded with sugar - from both natural sources like food, but also these added sources like energy drinks and sodas. 

If you're at risk of getting diabetes or there is a history of it in your family, you should stay away from these energy drinks, and consult your doctor before consuming them. 

7. Cardiac arrest 

After drinking an energy drink, it seems natural that your heart rate would increase because it's giving you more energy, but studies have shown that it also thickens your blood, which makes it harder for it to make its way around the body. 

High levels of taurine and caffeine can stop your arteries from dilating properly, which can reduce blood flow to the heart and cause a heart attack. 

Irregular heart rhythms and spasms in arteries are also likely. 

8. Anxiety attacks 

An overdose of caffeine can trigger an anxiety attack, or make people more nervous and jittery because of the excess and unwanted energy in their system. 

This study showed that over a certain amount of time, participants that self reported anxiety attacks, and those that held the gene for panic anxiety were more susceptible to reacting badly to caffeine. 

9. Insomnia 

The caffeine in energy drinks may trick our bodies and brains into thinking that we're awake and alert, but this can have long term consequences on our bodies. 

Your brain is unable to rest and recharge properly if you consume caffeine too close to bed time. When the time comes to fall asleep, you might find that you're actually unable to. 

Taking an energy drink can cause you to have warped sleep patterns, and the inability to fall asleep when you need to. 

Bang energy drink against a red background
Bang has a huge amount of caffeine in it at 300mg. Caffeine comes with a lot of side effects, so be aware of how much you're consuming. 

10. Risk-taking behaviour

According to some studies, high consumption of energy drinks can lead to increased risky behaviour, especially amongst teens. 

Of course, teens shouldn't even be drinking these energy drinks in the first place, but for those who do, there is a visible correlation between those who drink energy drinks and take drugs, show violent behaviours, or drink alcohol. 

This is all circumstantial evidence, but the evidence is growing. 

11. Allergic reactions

This may be because of a couple of reasons - you might be allergic to some ingredients that you haven't tried before in an energy drinks, or you might even develop an allergy to these ingredients after being exposed to them. 

The allergic reactions might be from ingredients that you haven't been exposed to before, or from consuming too many vitamins over and above the recommended daily values.  

The reactions can include hives and rashes, diarrhea, difficulty breathing or shakiness. 

12. Kidney failure

Over the years, it has been suggested that energy drinks can also increase the risks of kidney failure. 

Taurine is seen as a potential culprit in this, as accumulation of taurine in the kidneys can have damaging consequences. 

The potential effects range from acute renal failure, or also taurine accumulation with excess intake. 

13. Aggression 

As mentioned in my Rip It article, the US Military is scarily dependent on energy drinks to function and be alert during operations, but that also comes with its own side effects. 

Energy drinks can exacerbate PTSD symptoms, and can actually make fatigue worse rather than better, especially if the sleep debt is not paid off. 

Soldiers who drank a lot of Rip It energy drink also reported increased symptoms of fatigue, mental health problems and aggression. 

14. Headaches and Migraines 

If you frequently drink energy drinks, you might find that suddenly, after stopping, you have really bad migraines and headaches. Those are mostly associated with withdrawal symptoms. 

However, too much caffeine can also trigger a headache, as can certain artificial sweeteners and sugars. 

If you find these headaches to be recurring, seek a professional opinion on the matter, because maybe energy drinks are no longer the culprit here. 

Guru energy drinks in a line
Guru is an example of an 'organic energy drink', but the acids and sugars can still damage your teeth, kidneys and liver. 

15. Cavities 

Forgetting all of the sugar that many energy drinks seem to pour into their drinks, the acidity of the drinks themselves is also a problem. 

In this article by Colgate, they outline how teeth are eroded by acidity, and thus at a higher risk of decay and cavities occurring. 

Of course, sugar is also really bad for your teeth and is a known cause of cavities.

If you still insist on drinking energy drinks, it's probably best to opt for a sugar free version, or a water flavored drink instead of the regular version, and rinse your mouth with plain water after drinking. 

16. Dehydration 

Because energy drinks often contain so much caffeine, you are more likely to want to pee more often, because caffeine is a diuretic. 

Diuretics cause the body to lose water, so even though you think you might be filling your body with liquid, it's actually dehydrating your body even more quickly. 

If you feel like you're thirsty, try picking up a glass of water instead of reaching for another energy drink. Your body and cells will thank you for it. 

17. Vomiting 

Some ingredients in the energy drink can irritate the stomach lining, causing massive pain or the feeling like you need to vomit. 

Any dizziness or nausea you feel may also be because of a caffeine overdose, or even dehydration. You are really only supposed to consume a maximum of 400mg of caffeine per day, so drinking energy drinks in excess can be a huge problem. 

Make sure you stay hydrated and keep an eye on your caffeine consumption to make sure you aren't going over the daily limit. 

18. Negative interactions with drugs 

The caffeine and vitamins in energy drinks can interfere with the workings of prescription medicines in a lot of ways. 

Sometimes, it can make the drugs less effective, or even interact in a lethal way. 

Always consult your doctor if you're on prescription meds before starting to drink a new type of energy drink (or really making any changes to your diet). 

19. Gastrointestinal irritation

The irritation of the stomach lining by energy drinks can also cause ulcers or internal bleeding. 

The substances in energy drinks that can cause this irritation are things like acids, or the excess of vitamins flooding into your stomach.

Artificial sugars can also reduce your healthy gut bacteria, which makes you susceptible to stomach aches and pains. 

If you know you have a sensitive stomach and are worried about an energy drink's effects on your body, make sure that you consult your doctor on what needs to be done. 

Some of the great products that are similar to Celsius.
So many energy drinks, so many potential bad effects on your body. Besides the fact that they give you energy, there's little else to distinguish energy drinks from sodas - both can be equally problematic. 

20. Death

You've probably heard of or been scared off by reports about energy drinks and death, but if you look closely enough, a lot of those deaths were associated with serious overdoses on energy drinks or pre-existing health issues. 

For example, this man who drank 25 energy drinks within 6 hours nearly died - but come on. Common sense would dictate that's probably not a good idea. To be fair to energy drinks, drinking the same amount of water can also kill you

It is extremely, extremely unlikely that you will die from drinking energy drinks, especially if you follow the warnings on the label and talk to your doctor before starting. 

Energy drink dangers - A final word

Energy drinks can be great and have a lot of benefits if consumed sensibly. In fact, if you drink energy drinks in moderation you may not encounter any of the above risks... ever.

The most important things to keep in mind are:

• Consume energy drinks in moderation, and

• Get professional advice from a health care expert before making dietary changes

However, there are many potential dangers that come from drinking energy drinks. You can reduce some of these risks by opting for sugar-free or lower-caffeine options. 

My personal favorite is REIZE Energy Drink.

In addition to being sugar-free and containing only 50mg of caffeine per serve, because it's a powder based energy drink, you can mix it with any beverage you like.

Personally, I love mixing it with regular cold water because I find that it's not too fizzy and it's more gentle on my stomach. But, you can mix it with carbonated drinks if you prefer fizz and bubbles. 

Give REIZE a try and you may find that it quickly becomes your favorite energy drink too.

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Can you drink an expired energy drink? (and more)

Expired Red Bull energy drink is still OK to drink.

What is an expiration date? 

By law, all companies that produce food and drink are required to put a date which states when something can no longer be used. 

You might notice that even bottled water has an expiration date on it - that's because even though water does not technically go 'bad', the companies are still required to put one, to protect themselves from lawsuits and also as a helpful guideline to customers to know when things are likely to have gone bad. 

It's also connected to shelf life, as it can also indicate how long the product is supposed to be on shelves. 

On energy drinks, they are usually stamped somewhere on the can, distinguished by an "EXP" abbreviation that stands for "expiry date", and through this you'll be able to see when the anticipated date is. 

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A typical can of Monster has its expiry date on the bottom of the can - just give it a quick flip around to take a look.

Do energy drinks need to be refrigerated? 

No, they do not need to be refrigerated, but for best taste and quality, many energy drink companies do suggest that you refrigerate the can before drinking. 

If you walk into any store, you'll usually see single cans of Monster energy drinks that are ready-to-drink sitting in refrigeration areas. 

However, not refrigerating these drinks does not mean that anything bad will happen - they'll just taste warm and probably not that great. 

How long do Monster energy drinks last unopened? 

Like most ready-to-drink energy drinks, Monster cans have expiration dates around 18-24 months from their date of manufacture.

If you have stored your drinks properly (in a cool, dark place unexposed to extreme temperature), then the drink will probably last you about 6-9 months after the expiry date. 

However, even that is a conservative guess, as some people have consumed cans of energy drinks 8 years (!) after the expiry date, and they seem to be fine. 

Please note: if you do decide to drink that energy drink you've been hoarding for the last 10 years, I am in no way responsible for whatever happens to you - I would not advise it personally, but it has been done. 

How long do Monster energy drinks last when opened? 

Around 2-4 days. 

The longer that you leave the can open, the less carbonated it'll be over time - just like a can of soda. That means the pleasant tingle you get from the drink will decrease with time, until it just tastes completely flat and without any fizz at all. 

Don't leave it open for too long either, because it's possible that other bacteria or micro-organisms may have entered it without you knowing! 

Bang energy drinks- both brain and body fuel?
This is what a typical energy drink can is supposed to look like- no dents or unevenness, no noticeable swelling or change in the shape of the can at all. 

How much water does it take to flush out a Monster? 

It's not exact, but it takes about 0.7 gallons of water (for women) and a full gallon of water (for men) to flush out any toxins in your body completely. 

This is just a guideline, not a hard and fast rule, so it goes to show that it'll take about that much water to completely flush a Monster drink out of your body. 

However, drinking a lot of water won't flush out the caffeine any faster than would happen normally. Caffeine, similar to alcohol, has a half life and drinking lots of water won't accelerate the rate at which it leaves your body.

How to tell if a can of Monster energy drink is expired 

Firstly, check the expiration date, printed on the bottom of the can. This will tell you the official expiry date.

Next, you can tell if a single can of energy drink is expired or has gone bad if the can looks 'bloated' or it looks like it's expanded. 

A can of drink can swell and expand because of two reasons

  • Hydrogen swelling - this occurs because the acidic properties of the drinks begin to corrode the sides of the metal can, which means that hydrogen gas is produced as a byproduct, and the can swells. 

  • Poorly processed foods - that means that bacteria has gotten into the cans, and they feed off the substances in the cans, so the carbon dioxide they produce expands the can. 

This rule pretty much applies to any canned food or drink - if its swollen, then there's a good chance that it's contaminated, and you absolutely should not drink it. 

Also, if you see any discoloration around the cap that looks like a small amount of fluid has secreted out of the can, that's another good indication that the can probably isn't OK to drink.

How long do Red Bull energy drinks last unopened? 

Most ready-to-drink energy drinks, including Red Bull have expiry dates around 18-24 months from their date of manufacture.

However, like the Monster and other energy drinks, Red Bull energy drink probably lasts around 6-9 months after its expiry date. 

If you're still considering drinking a can that seems perfectly fine even though its a couple of years after its expiry date, I would strongly advise you to reconsider. 

A few years means that the ingredients inside will very likely have lost their efficacy, so there wouldn't be much point in drinking it anyway. Although things such as preservatives may keep the drink fresh, it's still probably better to err on the side of caution. 

France is not the only country that banned Red Bull.
A can of Red Bull can usually be drunk up to 6-9 months after its expiry date. 

How long do Red Bull energy drinks last when opened? 

Around 2-4 days.

Like Monster energy drinks, they aren't super nice when left out for a very long time, so try to drink them as soon as possible after opened. 

Red Bull shelf life 

The typical length of Red Bull shelf life is also around 18-24 months from the date of manufacture, but could potentially be longer if stored correctly. 

Do Red Bulls expire? 

Yes, Red Bull cans do expire. The expiry date printed on the can will be around 18-24 months after the date of manufacture.

After this date, the ingredients within the can start to break down, so it might lose some of its taste or carbonation. 

Try to drink all energy drinks within their required best before date so that you don't get any nasty surprises. 

How long do energy drinks take to kick in? 

This depends on your own system and how you react to energy drinks. 

This infographic gives a good idea of how energy drinks affect you within 24 hours of consuming them, but results may vary from person to person. 

Personally, as a 6'0" individual that weighs around 180lbs, it takes an energy drink about half an hour to really kick in for me.

Height and body weight do come into the equation as well.

cans of different brand of energy drink on a table
Try to drink energy drinks as quickly as possible once they're opened, before they lose their great taste! 

How long do energy drinks last in your system? 

Again, depending on a myriad of factors such as gender, metabolism, weight and other things, an energy drink can last around 4-6 hours for those not used to caffeine, and 2-3 hours if you're a habitual caffeine drinker. 

The difference is because for those who drink caffeine regularly, your body may be already used to it and thus, will react slightly less to the caffeine you put into your body. 

Do energy drinks weaken your immune system? 

Probably not. 

There are no ingredients in the energy drinks that seem to be detrimental to our immune systems, so there is not really any correlation between these two things. 

However, there have been some correlations suggested between caffeine and the weakening of the immune system, so keep that in mind.

Energy drinks you can try: 

There are lots of great energy drinks on the market.

If you're looking for some liquid energy drinks, take a look at some of the information and reviews that I've written up (just make sure if you do buy these, you follow the expiry date guidelines): 

 Monster

• Rockstar 

 Celsius energy drink

 XS drinks 

 Rip It

 Bing energy drink 

 Bang energy 

 Guru

 Xyience drink 

 Monster Khaos 

 Monster Assault

 Monster Import

To see how Red Bull compares with Monster, check out my other article which goes into a lot of detail on all of the differences between the two drinks.

If you prefer a cola flavor, you could try Red Bull's own Cola drink. It contains less caffeine than regular Red Bull, but may be worth considering.

Powdered energy drinks are also a great option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the top energy drinks, but have the same great flavor and effectiveness:  

 Gfuel 

 Zipfizz 

 Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (my personal favorite)

You could also take a look at Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's simple and easy to swallow. As caffeine pills are also dry goods and do not have many other ingredients, they tend to have longer shelf lives too. 

Of course, there are also tons of other caffeinated products out there that you could turn to for your energy needs. Something like Make It Mio is just one of them. Mio is supposed to flavor your water and give you an energy boost at the same time, for those who are a bit more health-conscious. As this is a liquid based product, this will have similar expiry concerns to Red Bull and Monster type drinks. 

But, with 50mg, REIZE Energy Drink is my preferred energy boosting buddy.

REIZE contains less caffeine than most energy drinks, but it does contain plenty of other great energy-boosting ingredients that are healthy for you, such as 1000mg of taurine and 50mg of ginseng, plus plenty of B group vitamins.

As a powder energy drink, it gives you an added bonus of lasting a lot longer than your usual canned energy drink. 

REIZE is a lot more convenient and versatile, since you can add all types of liquids to it - soda, hot water, cold water, flavored juice, it's up to you.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, cheaper than most of the energy drinks on the market - including Red Bull. 

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that you prefer it to Red Bull.

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Is it bad to drink a can of Monster energy drink a day?

Best energy drink for an all-nighter Monster energy

Looking longingly at that 2nd can of Monster energy drink but not really sure whether or not you should drink it because it might be bad for you? 

Noticing that your stock of Monster energy drinks has been dwindling but now you're getting worried about whether or not this will affect your health in the long term? 

I've got you covered - in this article I take a look at the ingredients in Monster, whether they're good for you, and what side effects there might be. 

How does Monster give you energy? 

Monster gives you energy through the huge amount of caffeine, sugar, and their special blend, the "Monster Energy Blend". 

Compared to many other energy drinks, Monster has quite a high amount of caffeine and sugar. 

The caffeine gives you a boost because it tricks both your body (both physically and mentally) into thinking that it's awake and ready to go, while sugar gives you an extra store of energy to draw from. 

The special 'Monster Blend' contains ingredients such as taurine and panax ginseng extract, which can keep you alert and your mind focused - but as the amounts aren't clearly stated, it's questionable as to whether they're present in large enough amounts to truly be effective. 

Monster energy drink bad for you
One of the first things that comes up when you do a google search for 'Monster energy drink' is if one can of Monster can kill you - the drink isn't actually that bad!  

Ingredients in Monster energy drink

Each 16 fl.oz can of Monster contains the following:

  • 190 calories
  • 179mg of caffeine (making it a fairly strong energy drink)
  • 54g carbohydrates  
  • 54g sugars
  • 370mg sodium 
  • Vitamin B2 (230% of the recommended daily intake)
  • B3 Vitamins (230% of the recommended daily intake)
  • Vitamin B6 (230% of the recommended daily intake)
  • B12 vitamins (230% of the recommended daily intake)

It also contains trace amounts of: 

  • Carbonated water 
  • Sugar
  • Citric acid
  • 'Natural Flavors'
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Color added 
  • Sorbic Acid (preservative
  • Benzoic Acid (preservative
  • Niacinamide 
  • Sucralose
  • Salt 
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride 
  • Riboflavin 
  • Cyanocobalamin

The special 'Monster energy blend' includes these ingredients as well: 

  • Glucose
  • Taurine
  • Panax Ginseng Extract 
  • L-Carnitine
  • L-Tartrate 
  • Caffeine
  • Glucuronolactone 
  • Inositol
  • Guarana extract
  • Maltodextrin

Is Monster energy drink bad for you?

Monster Assault comes in the flavor fruit punch, and is one of the 30+ flavors that are in the Monster energy drink line.

Unfortunately, it isn't as simple as if Monster energy drinks are good or bad for you- there's actually quite a lot to consider with regard to them as well. There are both beneficial ingredients and also some which can cause side effects. 

The Good Ingredients

Panax Ginseng Root 

Most people have heard of the ginseng root, a traditional Chinese herb, and a staple in some energy drinks. Panax ginseng root grows mostly in the eastern hemisphere of the world, mainly in Korea and China. 

Ginseng root comes with a myriad of benefits, such as being a good source of antioxidants, helping heal damaged cells, and in recovery, and it can be used in the prevention of cancer as well, and in boosting the immune system. 

Guarana Seed Extract

Guarana seed extract is derived from the guarana plant, which is named after the Guarani tribe in the Amazon. 

Guarana contains caffeine, which in turn, stimulates the central nervous system and gives you an energy boost.

Besides caffeine, guarana also contains the chemicals theophylline and theobromine, which have a similar effect on the body as caffeine does. 

Guarana has no known side effects besides those that usually come with an overconsumption of caffeine - as already mentioned above. 

Taurine

Taurine is an amino acid that is found in the body and commonly used as a dietary supplement.

Studies suggest that the combination of taurine with caffeine can be effective for the brain, but these studies are only preliminary. 

The Not-So-Good Ingredients

Caffeine

Monster energy drink contains 179mg of caffeine.

I don't think caffeine is bad, in fact, I think it's actually very good for you if consumed in moderation. But, in my opinion, 179mg in a single serve is getting a bit much, which is why I've included caffeine in the "not-so-good" list.

179mg is almost half of the maximum recommended daily limit of caffeine consumption - 400mg, so it is not advised that you drink more than one of these per day, and you need to be aware of what other drinks containing caffeine that you're consuming, or else you run the risk of a caffeine overdose. 

Some possible side-effects of too many energy drinks may include: 

  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Dehydration 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headaches 

As usual, pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding should not consume this drink, and neither should children under the age of 18, or people who are very sensitive to caffeine. 

Two monster energy cans- green writing against black background side by side.
With 179mg of caffeine and 52g of sugar, this drink will definitely keep you awake and alert!

Sugars 

A single 16 fl.oz can of Monster energy drink contains 54g of sugars, which is actually a pretty dangerous amount, especially if you drink a can a day. 

As a general rule, adult women should only consume 25g of sugar and adult men only 38g of sugar per day. This amount includes both naturally occurring sugar in foods, as well as added sugars in things such as energy drinks. That guidance comes from the American Heart Association.

Monster far exceeds any person's daily recommended intake of sugar, and should be consumed with care. 

Artificial sugars in Monster have to be acknowledged as well, as Monster also contains sucralose. 

Sucralose

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is supposed to replace natural sugars in food and drinks. 

Although sucralose is considered safe to be eaten and included in food by government authorities, there have been concerns about the side effects that occur after consuming this sweetener. 

Sucralose is a simple sugar made from sugar in a chemical process where 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups are replaced with chlorine atoms.

Doesn't sound all that tasty when put this way, right? 

Sucralose has been found to reduce good gut bacteria (the ones that help improve your digestion - this study found that up to 12 weeks after the experiment, the gut bacteria had still not returned). It can also help you lose weight to some extent, if you replace sugar in your diet with sucralose.

As with many modern chemicals, there often isn't enough data for scientists and researchers to clearly state that these are side effects that are associated with the chemicals - only data collected over time will tell what effects the chemicals really have on the human body.

I advise consuming these added sugars in moderation, and make sure that your diet is supplemented with healthy, organic food. 

Are sugar-free Monster energy drinks bad for you? 

No, they aren't bad for you. 

There are some concerns about the presence of artificial sugars within them, but they aren't going to be horrible for your health. 

Just remember to consume them in moderation and consult your doctor if you are unsure of anything. People with diabetes may definitely want to be wary of the artificial sugar, so be extra careful! 

Monster Import is pretty huge, at 18.4 fl.oz- make sure to keep this away from the kids.

Can kids drink Monster? 

Absolutely not! 

Drinking it can cause adolescents and children to have adverse neurological developments, and it is not great for their hearts either, because of the high amount of caffeine, which can cause them to have seizures or develop heart conditions

Their dental health may also suffer, as Monster contains a lot of sugar that is not good for their teeth. 

I address the issue of teenagers and energy drinks in this article which I recommend you check out.

Can Monster give you cancer? 

No, there is no proof that Monster causes cancer. 

However, the high amount of sugar in Monster can feed cancer cells, which is an undesirable outcome anyway. 

Is Monster bad for your teeth? 

Unfortunately, yes. 

Monster contains 52g of sugars in addition to artificial sugars, so this isn't a great sign. 

An excess of sugar can cause the plaque bacteria to produce acids that attack tooth enamel, which then can cause unwanted side effects like decay and cavities. 

Best to stick to their sugar-free options or limit your consumption of the sugary energy drinks to avoid any issues.

How many Monsters can you drink in a day? 

Given that a single can of Monster already has 179mg of caffeine and 52g of sugar, this already far exceeds the daily recommended limit of sugar a person should have in a day and if you drink two cans you will be approaching the daily caffeine limit too. 

That means you should only drink a single can of Monster in a day. 

However, if you do happen to drink more than one a day, that isn't going to be very harmful either - just make sure you replace the lost sleep, and supplement your drinking with a lot of water and other nutrients. 

Can you die from drinking too much Monster? 

Honestly- not exactly.

This is not to say that you should take this as a cue to go ahead and replace your usual drinking water with Monster, but drinking it over a long period of time should not be harmful to you. 

"Too much" is a word that differs from person to person, so you need to take into consideration your own health. For example, if you're at risk of getting diabetes or incredibly sensitive to caffeine, this drink is probably not for you. 

However, just keep in mind the usual warnings - don't drink it if you are pregnant, and absolutely not if you're a child. 

You probably will not die FROM Monster if you drink a can of Monster every single day for the rest of your life, but that also doesn't mean you SHOULD do that. 

Is it bad to drink a can of Monster a day? 

Nope, it's not bad to drink a can of Monster a day. 

If you're thinking of drinking it over a long period of time, I would advise you to go for sugar-free versions instead, rather than the regular Monster, which is packed full of sugar. 

But even if you do drink the sugar-free version, do monitor your condition, because negative health effects may occur in the future. If you're not really sure about whether the drink is suitable for you, check with your doctor. 

Just keep in mind if it was really bad to have a single can of Monster a day, the government would have placed restrictions on bulk buying and would not really allow the product to be sold in the first place. 

Alternatives to Monster energy drink 

There are lots of great energy drinks on the market. If you're looking for some ready-to-drink energy drinks that are similar to Monster, take a look at: 

Red Bull 

• Rockstar 

 Celsius

 XS 

 Rip It

 Bang energy drink 

Bing (not to be confused with Bang!)

 Guru

 Xyience 

Powdered energy drinks are also an option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the market's top energy drinks, but with the same great flavor and efficacy:  

 Gfuel 

 Zipfizz 

 Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (my personal favorite)

You could also take a look at Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to take. At 200mg of caffeine, it's around the same amount of caffeine that regular Monster Energy has, but without the great, energizing taste. 

Of course, there are also loads of other caffeinated products out there that you could turn to for your energy needs. Something like Make It Mio immediately comes to mind, which is supposed to flavor your water and give you an energy boost at the same time, for those who are a bit more health-conscious. 

With 50mg, REIZE contains a lot less caffeine than Monster Energy, but it does contain plenty of other great energy-boosting ingredients that are healthy for you, such as 1000mg of taurine, 50mg of ginseng and plenty of B group vitamins. 

REIZE is a lot more convenient and versatile, since you can add all types of liquids to it - soda, hot water, cold water, flavored juice, it's up to you.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, cheaper than most of the energy drinks on the market - including Monster Energy. 

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that you prefer it to Monster.

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Is it safe to drink Red Bull everyday? (and alternatives)

For some people, drinking energy drinks has become a lifestyle habit rather than a supplement to their diet. 

Because of their incredibly sweet taste, they have also become popular because they are as sweet as some soft drinks, while also giving you a better buzz. 

But are these energy drinks actually good for you? Is it safe to drink energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster everyday?

Let's find out. 

How energy drinks affect the human body: cans of different type of energy drinks
Just as soda isn't good for your health, neither are energy drinks - both should be consumed in moderation.

Are energy drinks good for you? 

If you need a boost of energy or to stay awake for something important that you're doing, then energy drinks can certainly be helpful for you.

However, if you're drinking energy drinks for fun or for their taste alone, especially in excess, then they are not really all that great for you. 

Energy drinks come with some potential side effects. However, here are some of the most terrifying ones: 

  • Caffeine addiction

  • Dehydration and weakness

  • Poor dental health

  • Kidney stones

  • Respiratory problems

  • Miscarriage

  • High blood pressure

  • Kidney failure

  • Allergic reactions

  • Caffeine overdose

  • Niacin overdose

  • Risk-seeking behavior

  • Diabetes

  • Death

How does Red Bull give you energy? 

The three main ingredients that Red Bull uses to give you energy are taurine, caffeine, and sugar.

In the US, it isn't specified exactly how much taurine is in a can of Red Bull, but in other parts of the world a Red Bull can contains 1000mg of taurine.

According to studies done on the chemical, when taurine is combined with the other ingredients, sugar and caffeine, they come together to give you a significant boost in cognition and physical energy. 

This is something that I can personally confirm. I find that consuming pure caffeine doesn't give me as much of an energy boost as I get from the combination of caffeine, taurine and other good ingredients - although I'm quite happy to avoid the sugar!

Caffeine stimulates the nervous system into thinking that you have a lot of energy, while sugars are broken down by the body to release energy as well, which all comes together to boost your energy levels and give you the energy to do whatever you need to. 

Red Bull can against a city skyscraper
Red Bull uses a mixture of ingredients to give both great taste and energy, but some of these ingredients do come with potential side-effects. 

Ingredients in Red Bull

Each can of Red Bull contains the following main components: 

  • 110 calories
  • 28g carbohydrates / 8.4 fl.oz
  • 27g sugars 
  • 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz 
  • Niacin (100% of the recommended daily intake)
  • Vitamin B6 (250% of the recommended daily intake)
  • Vitamin B12 (80% of the recommended daily intake)
  • Pantothenic Acid (50% of the recommended daily intake)

It is not a significant source of saturated fat, fat, trans fat, cholesterol, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron. 

There are also trace amounts of: 

  • Carbonated Water
  • Sucrose 
  • Glucose 
  • Citric Acid 
  • Taurine
  • Sodium Bicarbonate 
  • Magnesium Carbonate
  • Caffeine 
  • Niacinamide
  • Calcium Pantothenate 
  • Pyridoxine HCl 
  • Vitamin B12 
  • Natural and artificial flavors
  • Colors 

Caffeine

Red Bull contains a total of 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz can.

80mg of caffeine is not actually that much, considering that the daily caffeine limit is 400mg of caffeine. In order to overdose on caffeine while only drinking Red Bull, you would have to drink at least 5 cans of Red Bull - which is a lot of liquid.

I'm certainly not advising you try to do that by the way. 

However, a caffeine overdose is still quite a serious matter, because it comes with a slew of unpleasant side-effects, such as: 

  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Dehydration 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headaches 
  • Jitters 

If you're drinking Red Bull, make sure that you're aware of how much you're consuming, and also take note of any other caffeinated substances that you're consuming alongside it throughout the day. 

Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not consume this drink (or any energy drink for that matter), nor should children under the age of 18. If you're sensitive to caffeine, you should also be aware of how much you're drinking as well. 

If in doubt, check with your doctor. 

Taurine 

Taurine is an amino acid that is found in the body and is commonly used as a dietary supplement.

Studies suggest that the combination of taurine with caffeine can be effective for the brain, but these studies are only preliminary. 

There have also been other studies done where taurine seems to accumulate within the body, and is not safely removed or passed through the system. It is unclear what the effects of this may be. 

Red bull ranked 6th best gaming energy drink
You should really only drink a single can of Red Bull a day, but if you have to drink more than that, certainly don't go above 5 cans!

How many cans of Red Bull is it safe to drink in a day? 

In the US, a Red Bull can does not give any guidance on how many cans you can safely drink in a day. But, from a strictly caffeine point of view, 5 cans will get you to the 400mg daily limit for caffeine.

Another reason NOT to do that is that if you did, you would have consumed around 5 times the amount of sugar that you really should be having in a single day. 

Drinking 5 cans of Red Bull means drinking 42 fl.oz of Red Bull - can you imagine your liver trying to process something filled with that much sugar and caffeine?

Having that much caffeine in your system can also make you dehydrated, which might make you want to reach for yet another can - drink some water instead when that happens. 

Red Bull does have some 'healthier' options, but those also come with their own dangers, such as artificial sugars

All in all, you're probably best off sticking to a maximum of 1-2 cans per day. Unless you have a pre-existing health condition, this isn't likely to cause you any health problems anytime soon. 

Is Red Bull bad for your kidneys? 

According to this study done in 2018, energy drinks - in particular Red Bull - have been shown to have serious adverse reactions on the body, including the liver and kidneys. 

The potential effects range from acute renal failure, or also taurine accumulation with excess intake. 

It's safe to say that if taken over a long period of time, Red Bull might be quite bad for your kidneys in my opinion, as they try to process all the excess vitamins and sugar.

Besides that, other studies have shown that Red Bull might not be great for your brain or heart as well. 

A single can of red bull against a concrete floor
Honestly, Red Bull is not all that great for your internal organs, but 1-2 per day isn't likely to cause you any problems in the short term. 

Can Red Bull give you a heart attack? 

No, drinking a single can of Red Bull or drinking Red Bull over a long period of time will not guarantee that you will have a heart attack.

However, studies have proven that Red Bull can increase the risk of having a heart attack. Drinking Red Bull in excess can cause you to have an irregular heartbeat, as well as other cardiovascular side-effects. 

What are the long term effects of drinking Red Bull?

Some of the long term effects of drinking Red Bull can seriously affect your daily life, especially because you may become dependent on caffeine. 

Here's a list of potential side effects of long term use:

  • Addiction
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Heart palpitations
  • More frequent anxiety attacks 
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Obesity
  • Poor dental health (e.g. dental caries)

Again, in my opinion, drinking 1-2 Red Bulls per day is fine unless you have a pre-existing health issue. 

Is it safe to drink Red Bull everyday? 

Yes, in my opinion, it is safe to drink a can of Red Bull every day. However, I would recommend you to go for the sugar-free version instead of the regular, sugary version, and this statement assumes that you are an otherwise healthy adult. 

Even so, if you drink Red Bull daily over a long period of time you may eventually encounter some health issues at some point in the future. If you're unsure about anything, check with your doctor.

I honestly believe that the risks from drinking any energy drink (including Red Bull) are no greater than the risks from having a daily cup of coffee. But, as a society no one ever seems to be particularly worried about having a daily cup of Joe. 

A single can of Red Bull on a table
Did you know that Red Bull once banned in France for 12 years because of health concerns?

Some alternatives to Red Bull

If you're looking for some alternatives to Red Bull, bear in mind that a lot of them have a even more caffeine than Red Bull, so may have more potential negative effects. 

There are lots of great energy drinks on the market. If you're looking for some liquid energy drinks that are similar to Red Bull, take a look at: 

 Monster

• Rockstar 

 Celsius energy drink

 XS drinks 

 Rip It

 Bing energy drink 

 Bang energy (not to be confused with Bing!)

 Guru

 Xyience drink 

 Monster Khaos 

 Monster Assault

 Monster Import

To see how Red Bull compares with Monster, check out my other article which goes into a lot of detail on all of the differences between the two drinks.

If you prefer a cola flavor, you could try Red Bull's own Cola drink. It contains less caffeine than regular Red Bull, but may be worth considering.

Powdered energy drinks are also a great option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the market's best-known energy drinks, but have the same great flavor and efficacy:  

 Gfuel 

 Zipfizz 

 Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (my personal favorite)

You could also take a look at Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to swallow. At 200mg of caffeine, it has a huge amount of caffeine compared to the amount that Red Bull has, but without the same great, energizing taste. I also feel that the energy boost isn't as good as that of Red Bull, but that's just my opinion, so give it a try for yourself.

Of course, there are also tons of other caffeinated products out there that you could turn to for your energy needs. Something like Make It Mio is just one of them. Mio is supposed to flavor your water and give you an energy boost at the same time, for those who are a bit more health-conscious. 

But, with 50mg, REIZE Energy Drink is my preferred energy boosting buddy. REIZE contains much less caffeine than Red Bull, but it does contain plenty of other great energy-boosting ingredients that are healthy for you, such as 1000mg of taurine and 50mg of ginseng, plus plenty of B group vitamins. 

REIZE is a lot more convenient and versatile, since you can add all types of liquids to it - soda, hot water, cold water, flavored juice, it's up to you.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, cheaper than most of the energy drinks on the market - including Red Bull. 

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that you prefer it to Red Bull.

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Should you drink energy drinks before an exam?

I'm sure everyone's experienced the gut-wrenching nervousness you get before entering an exam room - your palms sweaty and wondering if you studied enough.

Maybe you have a paper you need to finish, or an exam you haven't finished cramming for, but you're starting to feel like you have to turn to energy drinks to give you that extra fuel to get to the finish line. 

In this article, I'll outline the ingredients in energy drinks that give you energy, if they work, what the side effects are, and what energy drinks are best for students to drink. 

Do energy drinks actually work? 

The short answer is, yes. 

Different people may react differently depending on their caffeine and sugar tolerance, but with the average energy drink packing around 100mg of caffeine, it's impossible to not be affected to some degree. 

You can tell if the energy drink has an effect on you if you feel as if your heart rate is elevated, your tiredness has faded, and you feel more energetic and energized than before. 

The effects of the energy drink also depend on your personal metabolism- for some, the effect can last 3-4 hours, while it could be shorter or longer for others. 

Assorted energy drinks arranged together
You have so many different kinds of energy drinks to choose from - but how do you know which one is right for you?

Do energy drinks help you concentrate? 

In studies conducted on energy drinks, they have been proven to help students focus and concentrate better. 

This study done on Red Bull also showed that it can help boost cognitive function (meaning you'll be able to get more done in a short period of time) and also improve your mood. 

The caffeine in the energy drinks help stimulate your nerves both physically and mentally, so you feel less tired overall.

However, that doesn't mean that your body does not need to rest - you just rack up a sleep debt that one way or another, you will have to pay back sooner or later. 

What is the best energy drink for studying? 

If you're seriously considering energy drinks for studying, as a student, of course you need to consider a couple of factors: price, effectiveness, health and ingredients. 

While being on a budget is definitely an issue, that's not easy when you have to consider other things like health as well. Personally, I think that some of the best energy drinks are usually made from organic ingredients, have a minimum of artificial sugars, and try to use real fruit juices. 

However, I completely understand if cheaper, less safe energy drinks such as Monster and Bang may be a more viable option, although potentially less healthy. 

If you're concerned about price but don't want to turn to those kinds of energy drinks, try powdered energy drinks, which fulfil a lot of these criteria, especially REIZE. 

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1, and with 1000mg of taurine in a single serving, it's perfect for those who are looking for a great, clean energy payoff with a minimum of side effects. 

Rather than being packed full of artificial sugars and flavors, REIZE also only uses two artificial sugars in small amounts, aspartame and acesulfate potassium, popular sweeteners used in drinks like Coke Zero.  

Red Bull against a background of greenery
Red Bull might not be the cheapest energy drink out there, but it is the most well known. Lots of people use it as a studying aid. 

Is Red Bull good for studying? 

As energy drinks go, Red Bull is on the smaller side, at 8.4 fl.oz compared to some larger energy drinks which are 16 fl.oz or more. 

It also has only 80mg of caffeine, and 27g of sugar, which although may sound like a lot, is perfectly fine for healthy adults to drink without significant damage to their bodies. 

If you're feeling really tired but you need to power through and study, this might be just the drink to restore you to full power. 

But of course, this does not negate all the potential negative side effects that excessive amounts of Red Bull might have on your body - make sure that if you are under 18, you don't consume this drink at all, and if you're over 18, consume responsibly. 

Caffeine pills and studying 

While caffeine pills typically do not contain any artificial flavoring or sugars, and just give you a solid caffeine boost, there are several downsides to them. 

For one, because of the ease of popping a caffeine pill, you can find yourself slowly having to take larger and larger doses, which can lead to addiction

If you do plan on taking caffeine pills, make sure that you note your body's response, and like energy drinks, take note of any other caffeinated beverages you might be consuming.

For example, don't wash a caffeine pill down with a cup of coffee, as that might cause heart palpitations or headaches! 

If you know that you're sensitive to caffeine but still want to give it a go, I would recommend starting off with small doses first - a quarter or half a pill, so that you can build up some tolerance and try to find where your limits are.  

Is it good to have caffeine before an exam? 

Caffeine pills like Vivarin might be super efficient, but you lose a lot of the tasting experience that you get with other energy boosters, like ready-to-drink energy drinks or powders.

The best thing to have before exam is really 8 hours of sleep so that you're well rested and focused for what is about to come. 

Actually, even better than that is 8 hours of sleep AND some caffeine before an exam. That's the best possible way to really crush it in an exam.

But there are certain caveats that come with that - some people are night owls, so you might not be used to getting up early in the morning regardless of whether you've slept enough or not. In cases like these, caffeine can help you wake up a little faster so that you can adapt to the situation at hand. 

If you've pulled an all nighter, while it is not advisable to do so, you can have caffeine before an exam to ensure that you're still awake enough to take the exam.

However, be warned that this is not a long-term solution, and absolutely not a substitute for sleep. 

Ingredients in energy drinks that help with focus

Many energy drinks state that they have the following ingredients in them, but are not really upfront about the exact amounts of these ingredients.

Still, let's have a look at the beneficial properties of the following ingredients:

Panax ginseng root

Most people have heard of the ginseng root, a traditional Chinese herb, and a staple in some energy drinks. Panax ginseng root grows mostly in the eastern hemisphere of the world, mainly in Korea and China. 

Ginseng root comes with a myriad of benefits, such as being a good source of antioxidants like green tea, helping heal damaged cells and in recovery, and it can be used in the prevention of cancer as well, and in boosting the immune system. 

Guarana seed extract

Guarana seed extract is derived from the guarana plant, which is named after the Guarani tribe in the Amazon. 

Guarana contains caffeine, which in turn, stimulates the central nervous system and gives you the energy boost that you need.

Besides caffeine, guarana also contains the chemicals theophylline and theobromine, which have a similar effect on the body as caffeine does. 

Guarana has no known side effects besides those that usually come with an overconsumption of caffeine - as already mentioned above. 

Taurine

Taurine is an amino acid that is found in the body and commonly used as a dietary supplement.

Studies suggest that the combination of taurine with caffeine can be effective for the brain, but these studies are only preliminary. 

REIZE is packed with healthy ingredients including taurine to boost any student's brain before an exam.

Potential side effects of energy drinks 

Energy drinks do come with certain side effects if you consume them over a long period of time or in excess. If you're studying or about to take exams, make sure you know what the effects are on your own body before drinking a 16 fl.oz can. 

Also, do keep in mind that each person responds differently - some stimulants like caffeine may not affect some people as much as others. 

Caffeine

Caffeine can give you a great boost when you need to pull an all-nighter to finish a paper, but it can also come with some serious side-effects if taken in excess. 

A lot of energy drinks contain almost half of the daily limit of caffeine consumption - 400mg, so it's not advised that you drink more than one of these per day, and you need to be aware of what other drinks containing caffeine that you're consuming alongside them, or else you run the risk of a caffeine overdose. 

Some possible side-effects of too much caffeine include: 

  • Anxiety/panic attacks

  • Dehydration 

  • Diarrhea 

  • Headaches

  • Inability to concentrate 

  • Jitters

Children under the age of 18 or people who are very sensitive to caffeine are advised not to drink energy drinks, because they could harm rather than help, especially before an exam. 

Check out my list of energy drinks with the highest caffeine content if you want to read more.

Sucralose

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is supposed to replace natural sugars in food and drink.

Although Sucralose has been deemed safe by government authorities, there are still concerns about the side effects that occur after consuming this sweetener. 

Sucralose is a simple sugar made from sugar in a chemical process where 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups are replaced with chlorine atoms. 

Sucralose has been found to reduce good gut bacteria (the ones that help improve your digestion- this study found that up to 12 weeks after the experiment, the gut bacteria had still not returned).

It can also help you lose weight to some extent, if you replace sugar in your diet with Sucralose - but not enough evidence about the effects of long-term use of Sucralose have been examined. 

As with many modern chemicals, there often isn't enough data for scientists and researchers to clearly state that these are side effects that are associated with the chemicals in question - only data collected over a longer time will tell what effects the chemicals really have on the human body. 

Guru energy drinks in a line
Guru may be another option for those looking for a healthy alternative - but be warned, it's a little pricey.

Energy drinks to drink while studying- some suggestions 

If you're looking for drinks that don't give you an overdose of caffeine, while also giving you that great energy boost you need to pull an all-nighter or focus before an exam, try some of these low-caffeine solutions that keep you in the optimum range without any negative side effects. 

Liquid based energy drinks: 

Red Bull (I personally drink Red Bull before exams, and find it quite helpful. There is also a cola version.) 

Guru (This is mostly organic, so does not have artificial sweeteners and flavors like other energy drinks do)

XS (the price tag is likely to be a turn-off for most students though)

Bing (Made from fruit juice concentrate, but does have artificial sweeteners.) 

Powdered energy drinks are also an option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the market's top energy drinks, but with the same great flavor and efficacy:  

 Gfuel 

 Zipfizz 

 Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (I think this is the best choice for students!)

You could also take a look at Vivarin caffeine pills if you're looking for something that's quick and easy to take. At 200mg of caffeine, it's around the same amount of caffeine that regular energy drinks do, but without the great, energizing taste. 

Of course, there are also loads of other caffeinated products out there that you could turn to for your energy needs. Something like Make It Mio immediately comes to mind, which is supposed to flavor your water and give you an energy boost at the same time, for those who are a bit more health-conscious. 

REIZE is a lot more convenient and versatile, since you can add all types of liquids to it - soda, hot water, cold water, flavored juice, it's up to you.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, which is cheaper than most of the energy drinks on the market, and without any seriously negative side-effects on young adults around exam time. 

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Red Bull Energy Drink Caffeine and Ingredients

What is Red Bull energy drink? 

Red Bull is a carbonated energy drink that has the biggest market share of any energy drink in the world. Red Bull is one of the most recognizable energy drink brands in the world, and it is sold worldwide. 

The drink was created by an Austrian businessman, based off an existing energy drink in Thailand, called Krating Daeng, named after a type of bull in Asia. 

The Red Bull company slogan is 'Red Bull gives you wings', and this has led people to associate Red Bull with things such as extreme sports and activities, but also with daily, everyday use such as in students studying for exams or people taking long drives. 

Although Red Bull has a good reputation and is not as strong as other energy drinks such as Monster or Bang, it is still advised that this should be taken in moderation, rather than several per day. 

Red Bull contains 110 calories in total, 80mg of caffeine and 27g of sugar (glucose and sucrose). 

A single can of Red Bull on a table
A can of Red Bull - one of the most popular drinks in the world!

Where is Red Bull energy drink made? 

Red Bull energy drink is made in Austria, a tiny country in Europe.

The company that makes it is Red Bull GmBH, which was created in 1987. This company also sponsors extreme sports events such as Red Bull Cliff Diving series, Red Bull Air Race, as well as Formula One racing teams like Red Bull Racing. 

Interestingly, in Southeast Asia, the original Krating Daeng drink still exists, and it also markets itself as "Red Bull" (although with completely different packaging and flavor), which causes some confusion for some people in that part of the world.

Red Bull energy drink ingredients 

Each can of Red Bull contains the following main components: 

  • 110 calories
  • 28g carbohydrates / 8.4 fl.oz
  • 27g sugars 
  • 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz 
  • Niacin (100% of the recommended daily intake)
  • Vitamin B6 (250% of the recommended daily intake)
  • Vitamin B12 (80% of the recommended daily intake)
  • Pantothenic Acid (50% of the recommended daily intake)

It is not a significant source of saturated fat, fat, trans fat, cholesterol, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron. 

There are also trace amounts of: 

  • Carbonated Water
  • Sucrose 
  • Glucose 
  • Citric Acid 
  • Taurine
  • Sodium Bicarbonate 
  • Magnesium Carbonate
  • Caffeine 
  • Niacinamide
  • Calcium Pantothenate 
  • Pyridoxine HCl 
  • Vitamin B12 
  • Natural and artificial flavors
  • Colors 

Interestingly, Red Bull does not specify exactly what these 'natural and artificial flavors' are, so I'm not quite sure what gives Red Bull its distinctive flavor and taste.

Unlike other energy drinks on the market, there do not seem to be any artificial sugars or preservatives in Red Bull, which is really quite a positive thing. 

Red Bull energy drink flavors 

Flavors that are currently in circulation (please note, not all these flavors are available in every country): 

  • Original (amber)
  • Sugar-free (reduced calories)
  • Total Zero (no calories)
  • Red (cranberry)
  • Ruby/Red (grapefruit)
  • Blue (blueberry)
  • Yellow/Tropical (tropical fruit)
  • Orange/Mandarin (mandarin/orange/orange-kumkvat)
  • Green/Kiwi (kiwi-apple)
  • White/Coconut (coconut berry/acai)
  • Peach (peach-nectarine)
  • Pear Sugar-Free (pear)
  • Lime Sugar-Free (lime)
  • Purple/Acai Sugar-Free (açai)
  • Purple/Acai (acai berry)
  • Lime (lime-lemon)
  • Orange Sugar-free (orange)
  • Yellow/Tropical Sugar-free (tropical)
  • Winter Edition (plum-cinnamon/rumtopf)
  • Summer Edition (beach breeze)

Flavors that have been discontinued (but will hopefully be back in the future!): 

  • Silver/Lime/Green (dry lime)
  • Spring Edition (sakura cherry)
  • Orange Total Zero (orange)
  • Cherry Total Zero (wild cherry)
A single can of red bull against a concrete floor
Red Bull might not contain as much caffeine or sugar as other, newer energy drinks on the market do, but it still does pack a punch.

Red Bull energy drink caffeine content 

Red Bull contains a total of 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz can.

80mg of caffeine is not actually that much, considering that the daily caffeine limit is 400mg of caffeine. In order to overdose on caffeine while only drinking Red Bull, you would have to drink at least 5 cans of Red Bull- which is a lot of liquid, and isn't really that efficient. I'm certainly not advising you to do that either. 

However, a caffeine overdose is still quite a serious matter, because it comes with a slew of unpleasant side-effects, such as: 

  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Dehydration 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headaches 
  • Jitters 

If you're drinking Red Bull, make sure that you're aware of how much you're consuming, and also take note of any other caffeinated substances that you're consuming alongside it throughout the day. 

Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not consume this drink, nor should children under the age of 18. If you're sensitive to caffeine, you should also be aware of how much you're drinking as well. 

If in doubt, check with your doctor.

Red Bull energy drink sugar content 

Red Bull contains a total of 27g of sugar. 

The simple sugars glucose and sucrose are used in Red Bull original, while Red Bull sugar-free uses artificial sweeteners, sucralose and acesulfame potassium. 

While these simple sugars do not have any explicitly bad effects on the body, if taken in excess over a long period of time, can cause you to develop chronic illnesses like diabetes. 

As a rule, adult women should only consume 25g of sugar and adult men only 38g of sugar per day.

This amount includes both naturally occurring sugar in foods, as well as added sugars in things such as energy drinks. For women, this already exceeds the daily sugar limit, while men are very close to it as well, considering that this is not the only thing that will contain sugar in your daily diet. 

Red Bull and alcohol 

Red Bull energy drink does not contain any alcohol. However, Red Bull is often mixed with alcohol to mask the bitter taste, and is used as a cocktail mixer as well. 

If you do decide to mix this energy drink with alcohol - be safe, and drink in moderation.

While this isn't exactly bad for you, this mixture can cause you to misjudge your own actions, and thus make it more likely to make bad and potentially dangerous decisions. 

What are the side effects of Red Bull? 

Red Bull can against a city skyscraper
A couple of myths have arisen around Red Bull, but most of them aren't actually true.

Possible minor health side-effects from drinking energy drinks:

  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue and sugar crashes
  • Stomach Irritation
  • Headaches
  • Chest pains
  • Vomiting
  • Increased heart rate 

More dangerous effects that could happen to your body after drinking energy drinks:

  • Caffeine addiction
  • Dehydration and weakness
  • Poor dental health
  • Kidney stones
  • Respiratory problems
  • Miscarriage
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney failure
  • Allergic reactions
  • Caffeine overdose
  • Niacin overdose
  • Risk-seeking behavior
  • Diabetes
  • Death

I published a more detailed blog post about the potential side effects of energy drinks in more detail than I could here. It also lists some of the common ingredients used in energy drinks, which you might be interested in. 

How many Red Bulls can I drink in a day? 

In the US, a Red Bull can does not give any guidance on how many cans you can safely drink in a day. But, from a strictly caffeine point of view, 5 cans will get you to the 400mg daily limit for caffeine.

Another reason NOT to do that is that if you did, you would have consumed around 5 times the amount of sugar that you really should be having in a single day. 

Drinking 5 cans of Red Bull means drinking 42 fl.oz of Red Bull - can you imagine your liver trying to process something filled with that much sugar and caffeine?

Having that much caffeine in your system can also dehydrate you, which might make you want to reach for yet another can - drink some water instead when that happens. 

Red Bull does have some 'healthier' options, but those also come with their own dangers, such as artificial sugars

All in all, you're probably best off sticking to a maximum of 1-2 cans per day. Unless you have a pre-existing health condition, this isn't likely to cause you any health problems anytime soon. 

Is Red Bull good for studying? 

According to a recent study, Red Bull can help boost cognitive function and mood effects in young volunteers. 

Now, this doesn't mean that drinking Red Bull will make you smarter, but it will give you more energy to think and perform, which will lead to increasingly better performances in students. 

If you're feeling really tired but you need to power through and study, this might be just the drink to restore you to full power. 

But of course, this does not negate all the negative side effects that Red Bull might have on your body - make sure that if you are under 18, you don't consume this drink at all, and if you're over 18, consume responsibly. 

energy drinks clustered together
Look at how many types of energy drinks there are out there. Why only drink one of them? 

How does Red Bull give you energy? 

The three main ingredients that Red Bull uses in order to give you energy are caffeine, sugar and taurine.

In the US, it is uncertain exactly how much taurine is in a can of Red Bull, but in other parts of the world a Red Bull can claims to contain 1000mg of taurine. When taurine is combined with the other ingredients, sugar and caffeine, they come together to give you a significant boost in cognition and physical energy. 

Caffeine stimulates the nervous system into thinking that you have a lot of energy, while sugars are broken down by the body to release energy as well, which all comes together to boost your energy levels as a whole. 

Can drinking Red Bull kill you? 

Simple answer: No. 

If Red Bull was not safe to be on the market, then it would definitely be banned.

In fact, Red Bull is on the safer side of most energy drinks, as it contains a (relatively) moderate amount of caffeine, and doesn't contain as much sugar as many energy drinks either. 

If you're drinking a single can, then it absolutely will not kill you, and neither will drinking it every day over a short period of time. 

Speaking of banning Red Bull, fun fact, Red Bull was banned in France for a period of time. 

How dangerous is Red Bull? 

If taken in excess and over a long period of time, then Red Bull can be potentially dangerous for you.

It's not so much the drink itself as the ingredients within it - too much caffeine can cause cardiac arrest, sugar can have long term bad effects on your life and health, so as always, moderation is key when consuming Red Bull, because like anything else, if consumed in excess, then it will be detrimental to your health. 

Is Red Bull made from bull sperm? 

No, absolutely not. 

For starters, bull sperm has not been proven to have any health effects, so it wouldn't be useful to add it in the first place, and secondly, while the name 'Taurine' may seem like there are bulls involved, it is absolutely not derived from animals. 

Taurine is a synthetic component synthesized in labs, and it is also a naturally occurring amino acid in the human body. 

Red Bull energy drink prices

A 12 pack of 8.4 fl.oz Red Bull costs $23.88, which means that a single can costs around $1.99. 

That's quite cheap for an energy drink, but you also have to consider if it's really giving you your value for money.

On that note, a 16 fl.oz can of energy drink can cost around $3, so if Red Bull is half that size but still charging you $2, that means that maybe it's not as great-value as it first appears to be. 

However, if you're health conscious but still want a great energy boost, then try out REIZE, which doesn't have the sugar that Red Bull has, and is far more affordable, at less than $1 per drink, including shipping. 

Red Bull against a background of greenery
Red Bull might not be the cheapest energy drink out there, but it is the most well known.

Where to buy Red Bull energy drink 

You can get Red Bull energy drink almost anywhere in the world, so that's good news if you travel frequently, but still need your energy fix.

It can also be found in physical stores in the US, such as in Walmart, Costco, Target, and gas stations all over the place - it's probably the most widely consumed energy drink, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find. 

If you're looking to buy in bulk online, Amazon is your best bet, as well as places such as Ebay or Energy Drink Outlet, which have different pack deals depending on your individual needs. 

Red Bull vs Monster 

Caffeine 

Monster energy drink contains 179mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz (around 90mg / 8.4 fl.oz), while Red Bull energy drink contains 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz. 

Monster is definitely stronger than Red Bull in terms of caffeine, but that may not necessarily be the best option for you - two Red Bull cans would basically be the equivalent to one Monster on these terms. 

Sugar 

Monster energy drink contains 54g of sugar / 16 fl.oz can, and Red Bull contains 27g of sugar / 8.4 fl.oz can. 

Again, Red Bull contains half the amount of sugar that Monster does, but that is also because it has a smaller volume of liquid in a can.

On a per fluid ounce comparison, they are almost identical.

If you want a comparable boost to Monster but don't like its taste, drinking two Red Bull cans could be the solution. 

Monster sure contains a lot of sugar, if you're interested in the answer to the question of whether or not Monster is bad for you, you might like to take a look at this additional reading.

Price

It is $37.95 for a 12 can pack of Monster energy drink on Amazon, which means that it's around $3.20 for a can, excluding shipping. 

For Red Bull, it's about $1.99 per can, without shipping. 

Monster seems to be better value for money than Red Bull, because it's double the size of Red Bull, but only costs a single dollar more. 

However, Monster might not be the best option for those who are looking to cut down on sugar, so maybe try Red Bull instead. 

Although, as just mentioned, Red Bull only contains less sugar than Monster because the can is smaller. Per fluid ounce, Red Bull and Monster contain around the same amount of sugar.

Assorted energy drinks arranged together
Look at the size of Red Bull compared to all the other energy drinks - isn't it tiny?

To read more on the topic of Red Bull Vs Monster, take a look at my other article which goes into a lot more detail.

Red Bull vs Bang 

Caffeine 

Red Bull energy drink contains 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz, and Bang has nearly four times that at 300mg of caffeine 16 fl.oz.

Looking at the caffeine content, it seems that Bang would be a lot more effective than Red Bull, but this is only true for those who find caffeine to be the most effective way to get an energy boost.

For me, I find that pure caffeine isn't all that effective, and it's the combination of ingredients in energy drinks that contribute to the boost that I experience.

Sugar 

Red Bull contains 27g of sugar / 8.4 fl.oz can, but Bang energy drink has 0g sugar.

Although Bang claims to not have any sugar, it actually uses a lot of artificial sweeteners, while Red Bull uses the simple sugars glucose and sucrose to give its drinks a sweet taste. 

I took a closer look at whether Bang is good for you or not in this article. 

Price

For Red Bull, it's about $1.99 per can, without considering shipping, and Bang costs around the same, at $2.17 per can. 

With this, it might seem that Bang is more worth it, but it does depend a lot on your individual reactions to energy drinks.

Do you react better to caffeine, or a combination of caffeine and sugar? 

Red Bull vs REIZE 

Caffeine 

Red Bull energy drink contains 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz, while REIZE only has 50mg of caffeine. 

Even though REIZE has less caffeine than Red Bull, it makes up for it by having 1000mg of taurine, a naturally occurring amino acid that has been known to produce good, clean energy, without any unpleasant side-effects. REIZE is also jam-packed full of vitamins and also contains ginseng, which Red Bull doesn't contain.

Sugar 

Red Bull contains 27g of sugar / 8.4 fl.oz can, while REIZE is completely sugar-free.

REIZE does contain artificial sweeteners, but these have been extensively tested - acesulfame potassium and aspartame, the same ingredients used to sweeten Coke Zero and many other common foods and drinks. 

Red Bull Sugarfree also uses these exact same ingredients, so perhaps that version of Red Bull is more similar to REIZE than the original, sugar-filled Red Bull. 

Price

For Red Bull, it's about $1.99 per can, without considering shipping. 

REIZE is a lot more affordable, at only around $1 per sachet, which makes an 8.4 fl.oz drink.

In addition to that, REIZE is fully customizable, and you can control how strong or weak each drink is.

If you're looking for efficiency and ease to carry around, REIZE is a great choice because it comes in small, light and easy to transport packets, and you can even make it on the go. 

REIZE is also a lot less sweet, so that will be great for people on diets or wary about consuming too much sugar or too many calories. 

Red Bull energy drink against mosaic tiles
I personally rate Red Bull an 8/10 - which is probably one of the highest ratings that I've ever given an energy drink, to be honest!

Red Bull review 

Visuals 

You've probably seen the Red Bull can before, and it's not particularly difficult to find in stores. 

I liked the minimalist blue and silver color scheme, and the red bull silhouette is a classic design, and I found it really cool that the snap-top cutout had a little bull on it too.

For an energy drink that is really supposed to boost your energy, I thought the colors were actually quite calming. It was also very carbonated when I opened it, and was a neutral amber color. Sniffing it didn't make it any clearer as to what flavor it was, unfortunately, so I resolved to embrace the mystery. 

Taste 

I'm sure most students already drink Red Bull to stay awake and study, or to boost themselves before their exams - I've definitely done that in the past, so the taste was quite familiar to me. 

The taste of Red Bull was sharp and clear, quite sweet, but not a crazy amount of sweetness was present. It was definitely quite fizzy - I had to stop between sips to catch my breath and hiccup a couple of times. 

The aftertaste was quite sour, and made me really cringe after the first sip, but it was not that bad, and I could keep drinking it as usual. 

Still, it was the classic, great taste that I remembered

Effect 

Definitely quite effective - the combination of caffeine and sugar never fails to elicit a response, but the sugar crash afterwards was not so welcome.

However, because there wasn't really that much sugar in it, I don't think that the crash was as bad as some of the others I've experienced with other energy drinks. But that also means that the energy, while efficient, may not have been as big as the other energy drinks with greater quantities of caffeine and sugar. 

Other reviews 

If you want to check out even more reviews of Red Bull so that you can compare and contrast, have a look at these. 

This website gives you an overview of its effects and evaluating its effectiveness, while this one gives a review of a unique flavor. 

There are also plenty of reviews uploaded to Youtube if you're interested in taking a look. 

Final roundup 

Overall, Red Bull is one of the champions of the industry for a reason.

I would give this drink an 8/10. 

The taste is great, and the energy effect does what it's supposed to do, and I think that Red Bull does hold itself to a high standard, which all other energy drinks should aspire to follow. 

Alternatives to Red Bull 

There are lots of good energy drinks on the market. If you're looking for some ready-to-drink energy drinks that are similar to Red Bull, take a look at: 

Monster

• Rockstar 

 Celsius energy drink

 XS drinks 

 Rip It

 Bing energy drink 

 Bang energy (not to be confused with Bing!)

 Guru

 Xyience drink 

Monster Khaos 

Monster Assault

Monster Import

If you prefer a cola flavor, you could try Red Bull's own Cola offering. It contains less caffeine than regular Red Bull, but may be worth considering.

Powdered energy drinks are also an option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the market's best energy drinks, but with the same great flavor and efficacy:  

 Gfuel 

 Zipfizz 

 Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (my personal favorite)

You could also take a look at Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to take. At 200mg of caffeine, it has a huge amount of caffeine compared to the amount that Red Bull has, but without the same great, energizing taste. 

Of course, there are also tons of other caffeinated products out there that you could turn to for your energy needs. Something like Make It Mio comes to mind, which is supposed to flavor your water and give you an energy boost at the same time, for those who are a bit more health-conscious. 

With 50mg, REIZE contains much less caffeine than Red Bull, but it does contain plenty of other great energy-boosting ingredients that are healthy for you, such as 1000mg of taurine. 

REIZE is a lot more convenient and versatile, since you can add all types of liquids to it - soda, hot water, cold water, flavored juice, it's up to you.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, cheaper than most of the energy drinks on the market - including Red Bull. 

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that you prefer it to Red Bull.

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Monster Energy Drink Caffeine and Ingredients

Two 16 fluid ounce cans of Monster energy drink

What is Monster energy drink? 

Monster energy drink is an energy drink produced by an American company, the Monster Beverage Corporation. 

Monster is probably one of the most well-known energy drink brands in the world, getting good reviews from drinkers and sometimes pretty bad flak from the press. Its logo is unmistakable, and its biggest competitor is probably Red Bull. 

Crucially, Monster contains 190 calories, 54g sugars and 179mg of caffeine, which does mean that it's a little on the high side when compared to other energy drinks in these areas, but so far, that hasn't really stopped anyone from drinking it.

Is it healthy for you? I have to say, I don't really think so, looking at the amount of sugar and artificial ingredients in here.

But it does the job and provides you with a healthy boost, and the massive range of flavors is sure to please a diverse range of customers with different tastes. 

Over the years, Monster energy drink has been associated with certain health risks like cardiac arrest or heart attacks, but that was mostly because of pre existing heart problems or people overdosing on caffeine, but moderate consumption does not usually come with any negative side effects

Two monster energy cans- green writing against black background side by side.
What a typical Monster energy drink looks like- this is the 16 fl.oz version, so it isn't that much of a 'monster' as the 32 fl.oz version!

Where is Monster energy drink made? 

Monster energy drink is made in Corona, California, USA.

Monster Beverage Corporation is well known for sponsoring all kinds of extreme sports events, and even popular musicians such as Iggy Azalea and 21 Savage Pilots. 

The brand image certainly suits it - a hardcore drink for people who live hardcore lives and do potentially dangerous sports - living life on the edge! 

What does BFC stand for on Monster energy drinks? 

Forgive my bad language, but if you're holding a can of Monster that says "BFC", it basically stands for "Biggest F****** Can", and this is usually on the 32 fl.oz can, double the size of the usual 16 fl.oz cans. 

The sizes that the Monster energy drink (and some of the more popular flavors in their energy drink line) comes in:

• 16 fl.oz

• 24 fl.oz, and now,

• 32 fl.oz

Each version is 50% larger than the size of the previous one, and scaling up in price as well! 

Monster energy drink ingredients 

Each 16 fl.oz can of Monster contains the following:

  • 190 calories
  • 179mg of caffeine (making it a fairly strong energy drink)
  • 54g carbohydrates  
  • 54g sugars
  • 370mg sodium 
  • Vitamin B2 (230% of the recommended daily intake)
  • B3 Vitamins (230% of the recommended daily intake)
  • Vitamin B6 (230% of the recommended daily intake)
  • B12 vitamins (230% of the recommended daily intake)

It also contains trace amounts of: 

  • Carbonated water 
  • Sugar
  • Citric acid
  • 'Natural Flavors'
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Color added 
  • Sorbic Acid (preservative
  • Benzoic Acid (preservative
  • Niacinamide 
  • Sucralose
  • Salt 
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride 
  • Riboflavin 
  • Cyanocobalamin

The special 'Monster energy blend' includes these ingredients as well: 

  • Glucose
  • Taurine
  • Panax Ginger Extract 
  • L-Carnitine
  • L-Tartrate 
  • Caffeine
  • Glucuronolactone 
  • Inositol
  • Guarana extract
  • Maltodextrin
Nutrition facts for Monster energy drink
Nutritional facts on the back of a Monster Energy drink can. 

Monster energy drink flavors 

  • Regular Monster (also comes in low-carb, Assault, and Absolutely Zero)

  • Rehab (non-carbonated and less sugar, includes white dragon tea, lemonade, peach tea, pink lemonade, orangeade, and raspberry tea)

  • Ultra (low calorie drinks, includes: zero, blue, red, sunrise, citron, black, and violet)

  • Juice (supposed to taste more like juice, has these flavors: Khaos, Pipeline Punch, Ripper, and Mango Loco)

  • Punch (a mixture of several fruits, comes in Baller's Blend and Mad Dog)

  • Java (Coffee-based drinks, come in: Mean Bean, Loca Mocha, Kona Blend, Irish Blend, Vanilla Lite, Salted Caramel, Espresso Monster: Cream, Espresso Monster: Vanilla, and Caffe Monster in Vanilla, Mocha, and Caramel)

  • Muscle (the base energy drink with added protein, comes in Chocolate and Vanilla)

  • Hydro (is supposed to be an alternative to both energy drinks and water: Tropical Thunder, Purple Passion, Blue Ice, Zero Sugar, Mean Green, and Manic Melon)

  • Maxx (uses nitrous oxide, flavors include: Super Dry, Eclipse, and Solaris)

Monster energy drink caffeine content 

Monster energy drink contains 179mg of caffeine.

This is almost half of the daily limit of caffeine consumption- 400mg, so it is not advised that you drink more than one of these per day, and you need to be aware of what other drinks containing caffeine that you're consuming, or else you run the risk of a caffeine overdose. 

Some possible side-effects of too many energy drinks may include: 

  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Dehydration 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headaches 

As usual, pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding should not consume this drink, and neither should children under the age of 18, or people who are very sensitive to caffeine. 

Monster energy drink sugar content

A single 16 fl.oz can of Monster energy drink contains 54g of sugars, which is actually a pretty dangerous amount, especially if you drink a can a day. 

As a rule, adult women should only consume 25g of sugar and adult men only 38g of sugar per day. This amount includes both naturally occurring sugar in foods, as well as added sugars in things such as energy drinks.

Monster far exceeds any person's daily recommended intake of sugar, and should be consumed with care. 

Artificial sugars in Monster have to be acknowledged as well, as Monster also contains sucralose. 

Monster Energy can top with a green ring pull
Monster Energy does not come with the resealable top that Monster Import energy drink does - just a regular one.

Sucralose

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is supposed to replace natural sugars in food and drinks. 

Although sucralose is considered safe to be eaten and included in food by government authorities, there have been concerns about the side effects that occur after consuming this sweetener. 

Sucralose is a simple sugar made from sugar in a chemical process where 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups are replaced with chlorine atoms.

Doesn't sound all that tasty when put this way, right? 

Sucralose has been found to reduce good gut bacteria (the ones that help improve your digestion - this study found that up to 12 weeks after the experiment, the gut bacteria had still not returned). It can also help you lose weight to some extent, if you replace sugar in your diet with sucralose.

As with many modern chemicals, there often isn't enough data for scientists and researchers to clearly state that these are side effects that are associated with the chemicals - only data collected over time will tell what effects the chemicals really have on the human body.

I advise consuming these added sugars in moderation, and make sure that your diet is supplemented with healthy, organic food. 

Monster energy drink alcohol content

Monster does not contain any alcohol. 

The association of Monster with alcohol comes from the fact that energy drinks are often mixed with alcohol, which isn't strictly speaking very bad for you, but the combined effect of energy and alcohol can cause you to misjudge your own actions.

This can then lead to misfortunes occurring, such as drunk driving or making bad choices - Monster isn't completely to blame here, but you should always consume alcohol responsibly. 

Are Monster drinks bad for you? 

It really depends in your definition of 'bad'.

If you're asking if Monster is healthy for you, it definitely is not in my opinion - the high amount of sugar and caffeine within it is not exactly beneficial to you, and no amount of vitamins can actually make up for that fact. 

But if you're asking if Monster is bad for your health, then no, it isn't really.

For the person who drinks 2 cans a day 7 days a week, I think that's definitely bad for them, but if consumed in moderation, in the correct serving portion and infrequently- only when you really require an energy boost, then Monster will not harm you. 

If you're very health conscious, you can try out some of Monster's healthier options, such as their Ultra line, or Monster Juice. Neither of these are guaranteed to be healthy either, but they are healthier compared to the regular Monster version and its jaw dropping amount of sugar.

Can one can of Monster kill you? 

No, absolutely not. Drinking a single can of Monster will not kill you. 

Over the years, there has been some bad press around Monster because of some tangential evidence, but there is absolutely no way that drinking a single can of Monster will kill you. This is of course based on the premise that you do not have any major health issues, and you are consuming responsibly. 

However, the fact that this drink is sold openly by the market means that it does not pose a great threat to the health of the public, or else government officials would shut it down and prohibit its sale. 

energy drinks clustered together
Monster might be one of the more well known drinks out there, but there's actually so much choice when it comes to energy drinks!

What are the side effects of Monster energy drinks? 

Monster energy drinks, like any other energy drinks, do come with some possibleside-effects and problems as listed below.

Of course, your consumption of energy drinks also depends a lot on your individual body chemistry - if you're sensitive to caffeine or allergic to some of the ingredients inside, always be careful. 

If you have any health issues, it would be best to consult your doctor as well before drinking these energy drinks. 

Possible minor health side-effects from drinking energy drinks:

  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue and sugar crashes
  • Stomach Irritation
  • Headaches
  • Chest pains
  • Vomiting
  • Increased heart rate 

More dangerous effects that could happen to your body after drinking energy drinks:

  • Caffeine addiction
  • Dehydration and weakness
  • Poor dental health
  • Kidney stones
  • Respiratory problems
  • Miscarriage
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney failure
  • Allergic reactions
  • Caffeine overdose
  • Niacin overdose
  • Risk-seeking behavior
  • Diabetes
  • Death

I published a more detailed blog post about the potential side effects of energy drinks in more detail than I could here. It also lists some of the common ingredients used in energy drinks, which you might be interested in. 

Can Monster give you cancer? 

According to research done to date, energy drinks do not increase your chances of getting cancer. 

However, the added sugar in Monster (and many others) is a cause for concern. Providing the body with a lot more sugar than you need also gives cancer cells the sugar that they desperately need to grow and thrive, and so this can actually be an unwanted side effect in some cases. 

Monster energy ranked 8th best gaming energy drink

Although Monster isn't bad for you, it certainly isn't very healthy either, to be honest. 

Can Monster energy drink cause erectile dysfunction? 

No, there is no evidence that Monster energy drink causes erectile dysfunction.

There has been some connection between caffeine and ED, but because cause and effect are not certain, researchers cannot conclusively state that caffeine is the issue. 

However, caffeine and sugar have both been suspected to affect fertility, thus lowering chances of pregnancy in both men and women.

The high amounts of caffeine and sugar in Monster mean that you should take care while drinking it, and don't believe that just because something says it contains vitamins, that it's automatically beneficial for your health. 

Can kids drink Monster? 

Kids absolutely should not drink Monster, or anyone else below the age of 18 for that matter either.

Drinking it can cause adolescents and children to have adverse neurological developments, and it is not great for their hearts either, because of the high amount of caffeine, which can cause them to have seizures or develop heart conditions

Their dental health may also suffer, as Monster contains a lot of sugar, which can rot their teeth. 

Monster energy drink prices 

It's $37.95 for a 12 can pack of Monster energy drink on Amazon, which means that it's around $3.20 for a can, excluding shipping. 

$3.20 is not that expensive for an energy drink, especially if you consider the amount of caffeine and sugar contained within a 16 fl.oz can.

This price is for a 16 fl.oz can, and not any of the bigger sizes, which are of course more expensive. For comparison, a 32 fl.oz can costs around $4 at a gas station. 

If you're looking for something that also tastes great, but is a lot more affordable, check out REIZE- it's a powdered energy drink that is easy to make, efficient, delicious and ships directly to your door for around $1 per drink. 

Where to buy Monster energy drink 

You can easily get Monster energy drink nearly anywhere in the world. It can be found in physical stores such as Target, Walmart, Costco, and most gas stations all over the US. 

But, you can also easily get it online in places such as Amazon, where you can bulk buy a pack of 24 cans, each 16 fl.oz.

You can also find Monster on Ebay, where you don't only get the drink, but you can check out some cool merchandise as well - hats, shirts and even a fridge. 

Monster Assault is a fruit punch flavor, still in the standard 16 fl.oz can. This is just one of the many drinks in the Monster Energy range. 

Monster energy drink vs Red Bull 

Caffeine 

Monster energy drink contains 179mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz (around 90mg / 8.4 fl.oz), while Red Bull energy drink contains 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz. 

This is more than double the amount of caffeine found in Red Bull, and that may make Monster seem more effective than Red Bull.

Sugar 

Monster energy drink contains 54g of sugar / 16 fl.oz can, and Red Bull contains 26g of sugar / 8.4 fl.oz can. 

This is a really high sugar content - one can of Monster is equivalent to two whole cans of Red Bull, but you are only supposed to drink a single serving.

A large part of the energy is definitely derived from this sugar, which is why Monster may seem more effective than Red Bull, if you drink the entire can. 

Price

It is $37.95 for a 12 can pack of Monster energy drink on Amazon, which means that it's around $3.20 for a can, excluding shipping. For Red Bull, it's about $1.99 per can, without considering shipping. 

This makes sense, given the fact that Monster is twice the size of Red Bull. You're paying for the extra volume of the can, and given this, you actually see that Monster may be slightly better value than Red Bull, because you only pay $3.20 for a much larger amount of liquid. 

Monster energy drink vs Bang 

Caffeine 

Monster energy drink contains 179mg of caffeine, and Bang has nearly double that at 300mg of caffeine. Both come in a 16 fl.oz can.

Looking at the caffeine content, it seems that Bang would be a lot more effective than Monster Energy, but this is only true for those who find caffeine to be the most effective way to get an energy boost.

Monster Energy also derives energy from its sugary sources - natural and artificial sugars. 

Sugar 

Monster energy drink contains 54g of sugar / 16 fl.oz can, but Bang energy drink has 0g sugar. 

Although Bang claims to not have any sugar, it actually uses a lot of artificial sweeteners, as does Monster Energy itself.

This shows that neither are actually very good sources of energy, because these sugars also come with possible side effects. 

Price

It is $37.95 for a 12 can pack of Monster energy drink on Amazon, which means that it's around $3.20 for a can, excluding shipping. Bang costs much less, at $2.17 per can. 

With this, it might seem that Bang is more worth it, but it does depend a lot on your individual reactions to energy drinks - do you react better to caffeine, or a combination of caffeine and sugar? 

Monster Khaos is another good flavor in the Monster range - it's slightly different, with more fruit concentrate rather than sugar. 

Monster energy drink vs REIZE 

Caffeine 

Monster energy drink contains 179mg of caffeine, while REIZE only has 50mg of caffeine. 

Even though REIZE has much less caffeine than Monster, it makes up for it by having 1000mg of taurine, a naturally occurring amino acid that has been known to produce good, clean energy, without any unpleasant side-effects. 

In comparison, Monster Energy uses a lot of caffeine and sugars, both natural and artificial, which isn't that great in the long run. 

Sugar 

Monster energy drink contains 54g of sugar, while  REIZE is completely sugar-free.

REIZE does contain artificial sweeteners, but these have been extensively tested - acesulfame potassium and aspartame, the same ingredients used to sweeten Coke Zero and many other common foods and drinks. 

Monster contains sucralose (artificial sweetener). The possible side effects of sucralose were already listed above in this article. 

Price

It is $37.95 for a 12 can pack of Monster energy drink on Amazon, which means that it's around $3.20 for a can, excluding shipping. 

REIZE is a lot cheaper, at only around $1 per sachet, which makes an 8.4 fl.oz drink.

In addition to that, REIZE is fully customizable, and you can control how strong or weak each drink is.

If you're looking for efficiency and ease to carry around, REIZE is a great choice because it comes in small, light and easy to transport packets as opposed to the massive size of the Monster cans.

REIZE is also a lot less sweet, so that will be great for people on diets or wary about consuming too much sugar or too many calories. 

Monster Import might look and taste pretty much like regular Monster, but it has a bit more vitamins and of course, the resealable top. 

Monster energy drink review

* all opinions expressed in this review are solely mine * 

Visuals 

Monster is so widely known that I could probably spot it from a mile away, with its signature green on black coloring.

I think Monster manages to distinguish itself from others on the market because it has quite a unique style - directed at those who want something with a 'tough' image and that looks pretty cool. 

Taste

Personally, I'm not a fan of overly sweetened things, and Monster Energy definitely falls into that category.

54g of sugar is a lot, and honestly, the artificial aftertaste was not very pleasant either. After all that sugar eroding my teeth, it was time to brush them so that I wouldn't get cavities.  

Effects 

As expected for a drink with this much caffeine and sugar, I did experience an energy boost, which lasted about 3-4 hours before I crashed pretty hard and had to take a nap. 

To be honest, I don't really think that's the ideal situation, because you want sustainable energy, rather than something that will only last for a couple of hours and make you feel even more tired afterwards.

I also felt really guilty about consuming so much sugar! 

As a whole, Monster does what it's supposed to do, but at what cost? Health, personal circumstances and practicality are all things you have to consider before drinking it. 

Other reviews 

Reviews of Monster energy drink can be found all over the internet, but here are a couple good ones. 

This review questions its effects and how good it actually is, eventually rating it a 3/5.

Another review here also shows some pretty bad experiences that people have had with Monster, which you might be interested in viewing as well. 

If you want to know more about the specific ingredients and caffeine content, feel free to have a look at this review as well. 

If that isn't enough for you, doing a quick google search is more than enough to pull up all kinds of reviews and opinions on this energy drink, both good and bad. 

Final roundup 

Overall, I would personally give Monster Energy a 6/10 - it's average for an energy drink, but it is THE average that many other energy drinks aspire to be. 

Points were taken off because it's pretty sweet, and not very healthy for you, and personally, I think $3 is still quite expensive for an energy drink, and I personally would rather not pay that much. 

A single Monster Energy can half submerged in water
Monster is at the top of the energy drink rankings for a reason, and it will probably stay there until another displaces it - the up and coming Bang, maybe?

Alternatives to Monster energy drink 

There are lots of great energy drinks on the market. If you're looking for some ready-to-drink energy drinks that are similar to Monster, take a look at: 

• Red Bull 

• Rockstar 

 Celsius

 XS 

 Rip It

 Bing energy drink 

 Bang (not to be confused with Bing!)

 Guru

 Xyience 

Powdered energy drinks are also an option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the market's top energy drinks, but with the same great flavor and efficacy:  

 Gfuel 

 Zipfizz 

 Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (my personal favorite)

You could also take a look at Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to take. At 200mg of caffeine, it's around the same amount of caffeine that regular Monster Energy has, but without the great, energizing taste. 

Of course, there are also loads of other caffeinated products out there that you could turn to for your energy needs. Something like Make It Mio immediately comes to mind, which is supposed to flavor your water and give you an energy boost at the same time, for those who are a bit more health-conscious. 

With 50mg, REIZE contains a lot less caffeine than Monster Energy, but it does contain plenty of other great energy-boosting ingredients that are healthy for you, such as 1000mg of taurine. 

REIZE is a lot more convenient and versatile, since you can add all types of liquids to it - soda, hot water, cold water, flavored juice, it's up to you.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, cheaper than most of the energy drinks on the market - including Monster Energy. 

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that you prefer it to Monster.

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Monster Import Energy Drink Caffeine and Ingredients

What is Monster Import energy drink? 

Monster Import is an 18.6 fl.oz can of energy drink that is different from the other Monster energy drinks because it has a resealable cap for ease and so that you aren't forced to drink the can all in one go. It's also a different blend than the other flavors in the Monster range.

Monster Import contains 179mg of caffeine, which is a very high amount of caffeine for a drink, perhaps a little bit more than your average energy drink.

It also contains a whopping 190 calories, as well as 49g sugars. 

Monster Import is the same flavor as regular Monster, with a couple of key areas adjusted, such as a slight increase in vitamins and a decrease in sugar. 

Where is Monster Import energy drink made? 

The drink is made in the USA, as is the can now. Monster Import was initially designed for release in the UK/Europe, but in different size variations. 

It also comes in the sizes 18.6 fl.oz, as well as the regular 16 fl.oz. 

3 Monster Import cans on red table
Monster Import is pretty much the same as regular Monster except for the fact that it comes with a resealable top!

Monster Import energy drink ingredients 

Each can of Monster Import energy drink contains: 

  • 190 calories 
  • 179mg caffeine 
  • 0g total fat 
  • 440mg sodium
  • 49g total carbohydrates 
  • 49g sugars 
  • 0g protein
  • Riboflavin (230% of the recommended daily amount) 
  • Niacin (230% of the recommended daily amount)
  • Vitamin B6 (230% of the recommended daily amount)
  • Vitamin B12 (230% of the recommended daily amount)

It is not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron. 

It also contains trace amounts of: 

  • Carbonated Water 
  • Sugar 
  • Citric acid 
  • Sodium citrate 
  • Natural flavors 
  • Red #40
  • Phosphoric acid 
  • Sorbic acid (preservative) 
  • Benzoic acid (preservative) 
  • Sucralose
  • Salt
  • Glucose 
  • Taurine
  • Panax ginseng extract 
  • D-Glucuronolactone 
  • Inositol 
  • Guarana seed extract 
  • Maltodextrin
  • L-carnitine
  • L-Tartrate
  • Caffeine 

The ingredients in bold at the bottom are part of the special 'Monster Energy Blend' that is present in all energy drinks under the Monster brand, such as regular Monster Energy and Monster Assault. 

Monster Import energy drink caffeine content 

Monster Import energy drink contains 179mg of caffeine, the exact same amount as a regular can of Monster.

This is almost half of the daily limit of caffeine consumption- 400mg, so it is not advised that you should drink more than one of these per day. As usual, Monster is a drink with a lot of caffeine alongside sugar. 

Some possible side-effects of a caffeine overdose are: 

  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Dehydration 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headaches 

If you do drink this, make sure you also keep aware of what other drinks containing caffeine that you are consuming, or else you run the risk of a caffeine overdose. 

As usual, pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding should not consume this drink, and neither should children under the age of 18, or those who are very sensitive to caffeine. 

Single monster energy can in water
Monster Import may have slightly less sugar than a regular Monster energy does, but that doesn't mean it's good for you!

Monster Import energy drink prices 

A pack of 12 Monster Import energy drinks that each contain 18.6 fl.oz costs around $37.95. This means that a single can of Monster Import costs $3.16 per can. 

This is a pretty good price, considering that it's a much bigger can, and has a generally bigger volume of drink compared to the regular Monster can. 

The resealable top is also a positive factor here, as this means that you aren't forced to drink the whole thing in one go, but you can take your time with it! 

If you're not a fan of the price or the high sugar and caffeine content in Monster Import, check out REIZE, which is a powder energy drink that ships directly to your door for around $1 per drink. 

Where to buy Monster Import energy drink 

You can get Monster Import on Amazon, and it comes in packs of 24.

I would say be careful if you're thinking of buying a pack of 24, because if you don't like the taste, you're stuck with your choice for a really long time and might have to resell it yourself. Make sure you like the taste first before investing in a such a huge amount of drinks. 

You can also get it at Energy Drink Outlet, which gives you a bit more choice as to what you want to do with the drink- add it to a mix & match pack, buy a smaller pack of 8, or a single can. It's up to you. 

You can also get it at physical stores such as Walmart, Target, Costco, and most gas stations in the US. 

Monster Import vs. regular Monster 

Caffeine 

Monster Import contains 179mg of caffeine per 18.6 fl.oz can, Monster is similar, with 179mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz. 

No difference here, except for the size of the can. Monster Import and regular Monster have the same amount, but Import is a slightly bigger can- this means that there's less caffeine per fl.oz than there is in a normal Monster energy drink can. 

Sugar 

Monster Import contains 49g of sugar, and regular Monster has slightly more, at 52g of sugar / 16 fl.oz

This is more or less the same amount of sugar, and both drinks use the same artificial sweetener, which isn't that great. 

Monster Import is slightly less sweet than regular Monster, and it is slightly bigger than a regular Monster, so it's just less sweet overall. Might be more appealing for those who think that Monster is too sweet for them. 

Price

A single 18.6 fl.oz can of Monster Import costs $3.16, while it is $37.95 for a 12 can pack of Monster Import energy drink on Amazon, which means that it's around $3.20 for a can, excluding shipping. 

This was pretty surprising for me, given that Monster Import is bigger and has a fancier can. Monster Import is slightly less expensive than regular Monster, but the difference is only a couple of cents. 

Monster Import 12 can packaging
What a pack of 12 Monster Import cans looks like when it arrives.

Monster Import vs. Red Bull 

Caffeine 

Monster Import contains 179mg of caffeine per 18.6 fl.oz can, while Red Bull only has 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz.

Red Bull has half the amount of sugar than Monster Import does, but it does come in a smaller can.

Two cans of Red Bull would be equivalent to a single Monster Import's caffeine content, but not quite the same amount of fluid ounces! 

Sugar 

Monster Import contains 49g of sugar, and Red Bull contains 26g of sugar / 8.4 fl.oz, half of that of Monster Import.

Even though Monster Import is not as sweet as regular Monster Energy, Red Bull is still only half as sweet as Monster Import, making it slightly better. 26g of sugar is still over the recommended daily sugar limit though (25g for women, 38g for men). 

Price

A single 18.6 fl.oz can of Monster Import costs $3.16, while Red Bull only costs around $1.99 per can.

If we're talking about value for money, then Monster Import has more value, because it only costs a dollar more for the 18.6 fl.oz, while Red Bull is 8.4 fl.oz and is $1.99. 

Monster Import vs. Bang 

Caffeine 

Monster Import contains 179mg of caffeine per 18.6 fl.oz can, and Bang has nearly double that at 300mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz. 

Looking at the caffeine content, it seems that Bang would be a lot more effective than Monster Import, but this is only true for those who find caffeine to be the most effective way to get an energy boost. 

Sugar 

Monster Import contains 49g of sugar, but Bang energy drink has 0g sugar. 

Monster Import has a lot more sugar, which it also relies on to provide an energy boost, but Bang is "sugarfree", and instead uses a ton of artificial sweeteners instead. 

Monster Import also uses the artificial sweetener sucralose, so neither drink is very healthy in this respect. 

Price

A single 18.6 fl.oz can of Monster Import costs $3.16, while Bang costs much less, at $2.17 per can. 

Considering that Monster seems to be so much more expensive, it should be more effective right? Not exactly- it depends on your individual body chemistry. 

Bang is targeted at those who are used to consuming large amounts of caffeine and really need that extra boost, so it works for them. Monster's combination of caffeine and sugar may be more effective for a larger group of people without exceeding the daily recommended caffeine levels. 

Several cans of Monster Import
Monster Import has gotten an upgraded look from regular Monster, in the form of a fancy new crest.

Monster Import vs. REIZE 

Caffeine 

Monster Import contains 179mg of caffeine per 18.6 fl.oz can, while REIZE only has 50mg of caffeine. 

Even though REIZE has so much less caffeine, it makes up for it by having 1000mg of taurine, an organic substance that has been known to produce good, clean energy. 

Monster Import relies on caffeine and sugar, both of which aren't very helpful to the body in the long run. 

Sugar 

Monster Import contains 49g of sugar, and REIZE is completely sugar free.

REIZE does contain artificial sweeteners, but these have been extensively tested- acesulfame potassium and aspartame, the same ingredients used to sweeten Coke Zero Sugar and many other common drinks and food. 

Monster Import uses sucralose, which does come with potential side effects, and not much research has been conducted on it as of now. 

Price

A single 18.6 fl.oz can of Monster Import costs $3.16, while REIZE is a lot cheaper, at only around $1 per sachet, which can make a 8 fl.oz drink. 

In addition to that, REIZE is fully customizable, and you can control how much energy you need with each drink.

If you're looking for efficiency and ease to carry around, REIZE is a great choice because it comes in small, light and easy to transport packets as opposed to the massive behemoth of the Monster cans. 

Monster Import energy drink review 

Visuals 

Pretty cool, looked the same as a regular Monster can. What intrigued me was the top of the can- it was black rubber (plastic?), but one thing I was rather confused about was which way to turn the top. It would have helped if there was an arrow or something to show the direction- how many people must have accidentally broken off the top while trying to get it open? 

The can itself was literally as tall as my face as well, which was really amusing. 

Besides that, the design was more or less identical to the regular Monster can except for a few fancy embellishments. 

Taste 

Definitely less sweet than regular Monster or even Monster Assault, but it has quite an unpleasant aftertaste because of the sugars, I believe, as it tasted like I had eaten an entire spiced clove. 

It also tastes pretty much like the regular Monster, and with a slightly more sour taste. Definitely felt like I had to brush my teeth after drinking it though! 

If you're looking for something with a lot less sweetness, try out REIZE, which definitely does not have as much sugar as Monster seems to have. 

Effect 

Again, not very much different from the other drinks in the Monster energy line- its effect on me was the same as the other drinks, it gave me a pretty good energy boost without making me too jittery, but there was also the inevitable sugar crash a few hours later. 

I also tested the spill-proof can itself (safely over a sink, of course). I shook the can with the resealable lid closed, and nothing came out, and even upturned the entire can to see if anything would leak out, but I was really impressed to see that it really is as they say- spill proof! 

Monster Import single can against wooden floorboards
Personally, I give Monster Import a 6/10.

Other reviews 

Monster Import has been described as having a crisper, less sweet taste than regular Monster, and if you want to check out some other reviews, have a look at these. 

This review gives a more general overview of taste and effect, as well as the effectiveness of the can itself, which is pretty impressive! 

Another review here is on Monster Import Light, which is useful if you want a lighter, less sweet version of the drink- but watch out for artificial sweeteners! 

If you want something that goes a bit more into the ingredients and their amounts, go ahead and check out this review, which goes into depth, as well as how the new size affects it. 

Final roundup 

Overall, I give Monster Import a 6/10.

The taste was sweet but not as sweet as the regular version of Monster, and I think that the spill proof can is really quite impressive. I personally haven't seen a can like this before, but apparently it's quite common in places like Amsterdam (where the Monster team got the idea from), so this might not be as surprising to people who live there. 

The effects were also as to be expected, and the larger size of the can means more value for money at $3.16. 

However, I have to say I'm still concerned about the really very high levels of caffeine and sugar in the drink, so that's what's holding me back from giving this drink a higher rating. 

Alternatives to Monster Import energy drink

There are lots of great energy drinks on the market. If you're looking for some ready-to-drink energy drinks that are similar to Monster Import Energy, take a look at: 

• Monster (regular)

• Red Bull 

• Rockstar 

 Celsius

 XS 

 Rip It

 Bing energy drink 

 Bang (not to be confused with Bing!)

 Guru

 Xyience 

• Monster Assault 

• Monster Khaos

Powdered energy drinks are also an option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the market's leading energy drinks, but with the same great flavor and efficacy:  

Gfuel 

Zipfizz 

Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (10 out of 10 in my opinion)

You could also take a look at Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to take. At 200mg of caffeine, it's around the same amount of caffeine that Monster Assault has, but without the great taste. 

Of course, there are also loads of other caffeinated products out there that you could turn to for your energy needs. Something like Make It Mio immediately comes to mind.

With 50mg, REIZE contains a lot less caffeine than Monster Import Energy, but it does contain plenty of other great energy-boosting ingredients that are healthy for you. 

REIZE is a lot more convenient and versatile, since you can add all types of liquids to it- soda, hot water, cold water, flavored juice, it's up to you.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, cheaper than most of the energy drinks on the market - including Monster Import. 

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that you prefer it to Monster Import.

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Monster Khaos Energy Drink Caffeine and Ingredients

What is Monster Khaos energy drink? 

Monster Khaos energy drink is a 'Juice Monster', which is made from a base of the Monster flavor with a potent cocktail of juices such as apple, orange, peach, tangerine, pineapple and white grape. 

Few things to note- these aren't actual juices, but juice concentrate, so make of that what you will- concentrate usually does have other chemicals and sugars added to it, so concentrate is definitely not as healthy as regular, fresh juice. 

It also seems like they've literally added in every single fruit that's on the color wheel of orange and yellow, hence the also matching orange print outside that covers the can. 

There is another Monster Juice flavor, called 'Monster Pipeline Punch', and that combines passionfruit, orange and guava. 

Where is Monster Khaos energy drink made? 

Monster Khaos energy drink is made in the good old USA, by the Monster Beverage Corporation

Monster Khaos is also available in other countries all over the world if you're craving your favorite energy drink fix while on vacation. 

Monster Khaos juice can- orange against white background
Monster Khaos.. yes, chaos spelt with a K.

Monster Khaos energy drink ingredients 

  • 160 calories 
  • 154mg caffeine (a bit above average in terms of caffeine content in energy drinks)
  • 0g total fat 
  • 40mg sodium
  • 40g total carbohydrates 
  • 37g sugars 
  • 0g protein
  • Vitamin A (80% of the recommended daily amount)
  • Riboflavin (200% of the recommended daily amount) 
  • Niacin (200% of the recommended daily amount)
  • Vitamin B6 (200% of the recommended daily amount)
  • Vitamin B12 (200% of the recommended daily amount)

It is not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron. 

It also contains trace amounts of: 

  • Carbonated water 
  • Sugar 
  • Apple juice concentrate
  • Orange juice concentrate
  • Peach juice concentrate 
  • Tangerine juice concentrate 
  • Citric acid 
  • Natural flavors 
  • Pineapple juice concentrate 
  • White grape juice concentrate 
  • Potassium sorbate (preservative) 
  • Sodium citrate  
  • Glucose 
  • Taurine
  • Panax ginseng extract 
  • D-Glucuronolactone 
  • Inositol 
  • Guarana seed extract 
  • Maltodextrin
  • L-carnitine
  • L-Tartrate
  • Caffeine 

There is a lot of fruit concentrate in here, which also comes with its own natural sugars in addition to glucose that has been added to the drink.

It serves to say is that Monster Khaos has a lot of juice in it. 

Monster Khaos energy drink caffeine content 

Monster Khaos contains 154mg of caffeine, which is little over a quarter of the daily recommended caffeine limit for an adult individual (400mg). 

Taking too much caffeine into your system can cause an overdose, which comes with the following potential side effects

  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Dehydration 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headaches 
  • Jitters

If you're drinking an energy drink from the Monster line, make sure you're also aware of the other caffeinated substances you're consuming in order to make sure you don't overdo it on any one day. 

As usual, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding should not consume this drink, nor should children under the age of 18 or those extremely sensitive to caffeine.

You probably should not drink this everyday in my opinion, for health reasons- caffeine and otherwise. 

Nutritional facts on the back of a Monster Khaos can
Monster Khaos- nutrition facts on the back of the can.

Monster Khaos energy drink prices 

A 4 pack of 16 fl.oz Monster Khaos costs $15.26, so that means a single can is $3.80, excluding shipping. 

If you're interested, Monster Pipeline Punch is also around the same price, at 40¢ less- $3.40, excluding shipping as well. 

This price is admittedly a lot higher than the regular Monster drinks, but this is probably because a lot of juice concentrate is added, rather than artificial flavors.

That's a point in Monster Khaos' favor for me, but exactly how much of the drink is juice concentrate?

That's not very clear. 

If you're not willing to pay such a high price for an energy drink, check out REIZE- it's a powdered energy drink that is easy to make, efficient, delicious and ships directly to your door for around $1 per drink. 

Where to buy Monster Khaos energy drink? 

You can get Monster Khaos energy drink online at Amazon as usual, where they come in packs of 4. Pipeline Punch is also available there if you'd like to try that flavor too. 

For those looking to buy in bulk, try Ebay instead, where you can get a 24 pack of Monster Khaos. 

Other than that, you can find Monster Khaos in regular stores as well, such as Walmart, Costco, Target, and most gas stations scattered across the US. 

Monster Khaos vs regular Monster

Caffeine 

Monster Khaos contains 154mg of caffeine per 16 fl.oz can, regular Monster is similar, with 179mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz. 

Monster Khaos has a lot less caffeine than Monster, but this is perhaps because of the extra juice and sugars already added to it, which is where some of the energy boost comes from. 

Or maybe they're just trying to make the Monster Khaos seem healthier? 

Sugar

Monster Khaos contains 37g sugars per 16 fl.oz, and regular Monster has slightly more, at 52g of sugar / 16 fl.oz. 

Monster Khaos definitely has a lot less sugar than regular Monster, but this is still a pretty significant amount. Drinking this over a long amount of time could cause tooth decay and possible stomach issues because of the sweetness and acidity. 

Price

Monster Khaos costs $3.80 for a single can, while it is $37.95 for a 12 can pack of Monster Import energy drinks on Amazon, which means that it's around $3.20 for a can, excluding shipping. 

Monster Khaos is slightly more expensive than Monster, so I would say it's really up to you, your budget and your preferences here.

Do you like juice or something with a bit more flavor punch? 

4 Monster Khaos cans in a row
Monster Khaos is quite a bit more expensive than a regular Monster drink, but I think it's worth it if you're a huge juice fan.

Monster Khaos vs Red Bull 

Caffeine 

Monster Khaos contains 154mg of caffeine per 16 fl.oz can, while Red Bull only has 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz.

Red Bull has half the amount of sugar that Monster Khaos does, but it does come in a smaller can.

Two cans of Red Bull would be roughly equivalent to a single Monster Khaos' caffeine content, but not quite the same amount of fluid ounces! 

Sugar 

Monster Khaos contains 37g sugars per 16 fl.oz, which is similar to Red Bull, which contains 27g of sugar / 8.4 fl.oz. 

Monster Khaos and Red Bull are actually about the same level of sweetness, which is an improvement, considering that Red Bull is usually only half as sweet as a regular Monster drink with 50+ grams of sugar. 

However, 37g and 27g of sugar is still over the recommended daily sugar limit though (25g for women, 38g for men). 

Price

Monster Khaos costs $3.80 for a single can, while Red Bull only costs around $1.99 per can. 

Monster Khaos is far more expensive (almost twice the price!) of Red Bull, and overall, does not have as strong an effect as Red Bull, so I think Red Bull here has more value for money than Monster Khaos does. 

Monster Khaos vs Bang 

Caffeine 

Monster Khaos contains 154mg of caffeineand Bang has nearly double that at 300mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz.

Looking at the caffeine content, it seems that Bang would be a lot more effective than Monster Khaos, but this is only true for those who find caffeine to be the most effective way to get an energy boost. 

Personally, I think it's the combination of ingredients that results in the boost I get from an energy drink. Pure caffeine doesn't work very well on me. Therefore, I'm not willing to say that more caffeine always equals a bigger boost, although, that may be true for you.

Sugar 

Monster Khaos contains 37g sugars per 16 fl.oz, but Bang energy drink has 0g sugar. 

Monster Khaos doesn't state that it uses artificial sweeteners, but it does contain natural sugars such as glucose.

So, in this respect it's actually better than Bang in my opinion, which relies completely on artificial sweeteners like sucralose and acesulfame potassium in order to gain its signature overly-sweet taste. 

Price

Monster Khaos costs $3.80 for a single can, while Bang costs much less, at $2.17 per can. 

Monster Khaos is a lot more expensive, but it does have the benefit of using juice rather than artificial flavors and sweeteners.

But, the heart of the matter is that it depends on your individual body chemistry- do you react better to caffeine? Are you looking for a boost that is strong but isn't that strong? What other options do you have? 

Keep all that in mind as you decide which drink is best for you. 

Monster Khaos can against a mosaic background
Monster Khaos energy drink is pretty expensive, at nearly $4.

Monster Khaos vs REIZE 

Caffeine 

Monster Khaos contains 154mg of caffeine per 16 fl.oz can, while REIZE only has 50mg of caffeine. 

Even though REIZE has so much less caffeine, it makes up for it by having 1000mg of taurine, a naturally occurring amino acid that has been known to produce good, clean energy, and without any unpleasant side-effects. 

Monster Khaos relies heavily on caffeine and sugar, both of which aren't very helpful to the body in the long run if consumed in excess. 

Sugar 

Monster Khaos contains 37g sugars per 16 fl.oz, and REIZE is completely sugar free.

REIZE does contain artificial sweeteners, but these have been extensively tested- acesulfame potassium and aspartame, the same ingredients used to sweeten Coke Zero Sugar and many other common drinks and food. 

Monster Khaos does contain sugar, glucose, but it's not very forthcoming as to what other artificial sweeteners or otherwise are in the fruit concentrates themselves. 

Price

Monster Khaos costs $3.80 for a single can, while REIZE is a lot cheaper, at only around $1 per sachet, which can make a 8 fl.oz drink.

In addition to that, REIZE is fully customizable, and you can control how much energy you need with each drink.

If you're looking for efficiency and ease to carry around, REIZE is a great choice because it comes in small, light and easy to transport packets as opposed to the massive size of the Monster cans. REIZE is also a lot less sweet, so that will be great for people on diets or wary about consuming too much sugar. 

Monster Khaos review 

Visuals 

First thoughts- an orange can? An interesting departure from the usual black and neon colors, and it looked a lot more bright and cheerful than the usual black. It was a regular sized can, so 16 fl.oz. 

There was 'juice' emblazoned across the front, so that means that it was made using real juice, something that their marketing is based around, naturally. 

Taste 

Surprisingly, I would say it's one of the best in the Monster line- it's not as sweet or with a bad tasting after taste as the others in the Monster energy line, and it's bolstered by the juice combination. 

But even though it's not as sweet, it's definitely extremely sweet, due to all the juice concentrate in there. 

If you want something that errs on the side of health, try REIZE instead, which doesn't contain nearly as much sugar. 

Effects 

I would say that this isn't as strong as other Monster drinks, but it does the job. You get an energy boost, but you don't quite get the big crash as other, much more sweetened Monster drinks give you. 

I think the juice was quite a nice addition to the drink, but I'm still quite concerned about how much sugar, artificial or natural is actually in the concentrate. 

Other reviews 

If you want to have a look at some other reviews to get a better idea of the taste and effects of Monster Khaos, have a look at the following. 

This review gives it a 7.5 out of 10, saying that the taste was not really as good and the effects did leave much to be desired. 

Another review over here loves it, saying that it 'tastes like it's not too bad for you'- which is just fooling yourself, because juice isn't actually that healthy either to be honest. 

If you want to know more about effects, take a look at this review

Finally, this review approaches it from a workout perspective, and how it works as a pre-workout supplement. 

Monster Khaos cans against red patterned tiles
Monster Khaos's bright orange can is quite cheery, and it does immediately make you think of juice. But what hidden sugars are there within?

Final roundup 

Overall, I would give Monster Khaos a 7/10. It had a much nicer taste than any of the other Monster drinks, but a few things are holding it back from getting a higher mark. 

The price is a big factor- $3.80 is very nearly $4, which is really expensive when you consider that there are other, quite nice tasting energy drinks out there as well. If you're looking for something that you can sustainably consume over a long period of time, this probably isn't it.

Alternatives to Monster Khaos energy drink

There are lots of great energy drinks on the market. If you're looking for some ready-to-drink energy drinks that are similar to Monster Import Energy, take a look at: 

• Monster (the regular version)

• Red Bull 

• Rockstar 

 Celsius

 XS 

 Rip It

 Bing energy drink 

 Bang (not to be confused with Bing!)

 Guru

 Xyience 

Monster Assault Energy

Monster Import Energy Drink

Powdered energy drinks are also an option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the market's leading energy drinks, but with the same great flavor and efficacy:  

Gfuel 

Zipfizz 

Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (10 out of 10 in my book)

You could also take a look at Mio droplets or Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to take. At 200mg of caffeine, Vivarin is around the same amount of caffeine that Monster Assault has, but without the great taste. 

At 50mg of caffeine, REIZE contains a lot less than Monster Import Energy, but in addition to that, it also contains some other great energy-boosting ingredients that are healthy for you. 

REIZE is just as convenient and versatile, since you can add all types of liquids to it- soda, hot water, cold water, flavored juice, it's up to you.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, cheaper than Monster Khaos and most of the energy drinks on the market. 

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that you prefer it to Monster Import.