Is Bang Energy Drink Vegan?
Available in a wide variety of flavors, Bang Energy drinks have become the next big thing in the energy drink industry in a short span of time. Advertised as the perfect vegan drink to have before hitting the gym or workout due to the presence of super creatine in it, people are certainly gulping down Bang by the gallon.
But is Bang actually vegan?
The short answer is no, Bang energy drink is not vegan. But I'll get into all of the details for you below.
Bang energy drink also make a lot of really amazing health claims about their products and ingredients, including "super creatine".
According to Bang, super creatine leads to muscle improvements and have become the favorite drink of many fitness freaks before exercising. However, it should be noted that the actual existence of super creatine is actually questionable.
Indeed, there are plenty of questions about Bang energy drink and their health claims.
Is Bang energy drink vegan?
Now the question you are here for...
As much as you wish it to be true, Bang energy drink isn't vegan according to vegan powerlifting athlete, Nick Squires.
Also, this very question has been discussed and argued on the following Reddit thread, where the general consensus is that Bang Energy drinks are not actually vegan at all.
Due to Bang Energy drinks supposedly containing BCAA's (derived from animal products and their creatine may also be sourced from animals), most vegans consider Bang Energy drinks to be not vegan.
Hence, I would recommend vegans steer clear of Bang energy drink if they are strict about their vegan diet.
Who are vegans and what don't they consume?
Vegans are a group of people that don't consume any animal-based products as part of their diet.
For instance, they do not consume :
• Meat products
• Dairy products
• and many more items
Bang energy drink ingredients - Vegan friendly?
Main components in a 16 fl oz can of Bang Energy drinks are:
• 0g calories
• 300mg of caffeine (that's a lot! Bang is one of the strongest energy drinks in the world)
• 40mg Sodium
• 0mg of cholesterol
• 0mg Fat
• 85mg of Potassium
• 0g Carbohydrates
• 0g protein
and small amounts of
• Carbonated Water
• citric acid anhydrous
• caffeine anhydrous
• potassium citrate monohydrate
• natural flavors
• potassium phosphate dibasic
• vitamin C
• acesulfame potassium
• potassium sorbate
• SUPER CREATINE
• calcium chloride
• calcium disodium EDTA
• vitamin B12
• vitamin B6
• vitamin B3
If you want to learn more about Bang energy drink ingredients, I really recommend checking out my other article that covers everything in a lot of detail.
Bang Energy have made a big deal about SUPER CREATINE, BCAA, and CoQ10 which seems to be a big thing. However, as mentioned above, whether or not SUPER CREATINE actually exists is debatable.
In my opinion, it's best for vegans to steer clear of Bang energy drink to conform to a strict vegan diet.
If you're wondering whether or not Bang energy drink is bad for you, everything you need to know is in this article which is a must read before making the decision to switch to Bang from whatever you're currently drinking.
Bang caffeine content
Bang energy drink contains 300mg of caffeine, which is roughly equivalent to 3 cups of coffee. In my opinion, that's a CRAZY high amount of caffeine to drink all at once.
I personally recommend consuming around 50mg - 100mg of caffeine which is enough to keep you going, without overdoing it.
The FDA cites that a healthy adult should only consume a maximum of 400mg of caffeine a day. As a result, I would warn you not to consume more than a single can of Bang energy drink and also be careful when drinking other caffeinated products after a can of Bang too!
Having such a high dose of caffeine in a 16 fl.oz can is excessive in my opinion. It might lead to some side effects often associated with having too many energy drinks. Actually, most of these energy side effects come from having too much caffeine.
Drinking too much caffeine may cause:
• rapid heartbeat (occasionally)
Just don't take my word for it! It is mentioned and printed on their cans as shown below.
Hmm......you get the idea
There are some warnings as to who shouldn't consume their products. Women who are pregnant or are nursing their babies should not be consuming their products. Also, if you are under medication or suffering from medical conditions, drinking Bang Energy drink is not recommended.
If you fancy mixing different types of energy drink to create a special mix, sorry to disappoint but Bang recommends you to not drink other caffeine products while consuming their energy drinks.
Where to get Bang energy drink
Bang energy drink is widely available in stores across the country.
However, if you prefer to have it delivered, you can buy it from the following places online:
• Amazon (usually the best place to find good Bang deals)
• Bang official site
Alternative beverages for vegans
Besides Bang, there are many other alternative drinks that are suitable for vegans if they want a boost of energy!
A hot cup of tea is a great alternative to energy drinks if you're looking to focus and concentrate during study or work. Furthermore, tea contains less caffeine compared to an average energy drink, but is still enough to boost your energy levels.
It's also vegan friendly!
I personally drink tea during the night when I need to burn the midnight oil, especially when exams are approaching. As a result, drinking tea won't keep me awake all night, just long enough to allow me to study for an additional hour or two.
Coffee is a great vegan-friendly alternative to Bang energy drink. It's also got a lot less caffeine than Bang.
Vegan Energy drinks
• Pure Bio Energy Drink
Pure Bio claim that they are a vegan energy drink and contain 100% natural ingredients.
The lack of any taurine in the product provides a good indication for a vegan drink. Sugars in the drink are obtained from cane sugar and the caffeine is produced from natural coffee beans.
Furthermore, they are also certified by the Austria Bio Garantie as an organic energy drink.
• Rockstar energy drink
On their website, you'll find that Rockstar is suitable for vegans as their taurine is obtained synthetically and isn't derived from animals.
• Red Bull
Red bull is an energy drink free from any animal products and substances derived from animals which makes it a vegan-friendly energy drink.
However, from earlier posts in a few other blogs, a few years back it seems that the Red bull company funded some research for animal testing, but there's nothing recent on the topic. Therefore, whether Red Bull is suitable for vegans is a bit of a grey area.
• RECOMMENDED: REIZE energy drink (10 out of 10)
REIZE is a sugar-free drink and all of its ingredients are free from animal products. Although it contains taurine, the taurine is synthesized and isn't derived from animal products.
I would personally recommend REIZE as it is very affordable and convenient to make. Simply add water or just about any other beverage of your choice.
REIZE contains just 50mg of caffeine, but doesn't compromise on the energy boost thanks to the inclusion of B vitamins and ginseng. REIZE gives me the perfect energy boost, with no crash.
At around $1 per drink, REIZE delivers straight to your doorstep.
Give REIZE a try today and it might be your new go-to vegan energy drink too.