Are Bang Energy Drinks bad for you? (studies revealed)
What started off as just a "healthy everyday energy drink" has become the next big thing in the fitness supplement department, which is known to fitness fanatics as the BANG revolution.
Bang Energy drink seems to be driving hype amongst fitness freaks all over the globe with their new innovative energy drinks containing Creatine, BCAA's and CoQ10, being the first of its kind in the market claimed to enhance mental and physical capabilities.
Coupled with what seems like a successful marketing strategy featuring fitness influencers on social media platforms, BANG has now managed to put its name into the conversation with energy drink giants Red Bull and Monster.
Bang Energy drink Nutrition information
A 16 fl.oz can of Bang Energy drink contains:
• 0 Calories
• 300mg of caffeine (making Bang one of the strongest energy drinks available)
• 0g total fat
• 0g total carbohydrate
• 0 Protein
• 0mg Cholesterol
• 40g sodium
• 85mg Potassium
• Vitamin C (50% of the daily recommended dosage)
• Vitamin B6 (25% of the daily recommended dosage)
• Magnesium ( 2% of the daily recommended dosage)
• Niacin ( 25% of the daily recommended dosage)
• Vitamin B12 (25% of the daily recommended dosage)
Bang also contains traces of:
• Carbonated water
• Citric acid anhydrous
• Caffeine anhydrous
• Sodium benzoate (Preservative)
• Potassium sorbate (Preservative)
• Sucralose (Artificial sweetener)
• Acesulfame potassium
• Magnesium chloride
• Super Creatine (Creatyl-L-Leucine)- Creatine bonded to L-Leucine
• Calcium Chloride
• Calcium Disodium EDTA
How much caffeine is in a can of Bang?
A can of Bang Energy Drink (16 Fl.oz) contains 300mg of caffeine which is equivalent to about 3 cups of coffee and the recommended maximum amount daily is only 400mg.
This is one of the highest caffeine content energy drinks in the market. Consuming just one can of Bang puts you nearly to your max daily dosage of caffeine.
How much caffeine is too much?
An average healthy adult is safe to consume no more than 400mg of caffeine per day.
Consuming over the recommended daily dosage for caffeine may cause side effects such as migraines, headaches, and insomnia.
In order to overdose on caffeine, you would have to consume as much as 10g of caffeine which is equivalent to 33 cans of Bang Energy drink in a day. I highly doubt that anyone would consume that amount of Bang energy drinks in a day.
Despite that, consuming over the recommended daily dosage of caffeine isn't recommended.
The label itself comes with a warning:
" Too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness and occasionally rapid heartbeat."
I don't know about you, but this definitely raises concerns in me regarding how safe it is to consume such a huge amount of caffeine in a single energy drink.
Maybe I should just opt for an energy drink with a lower caffeine content such as Red Bull, REIZE or even Monster to meet my daily needs.
What is Super Creatine?
"Super creatine" is what VPX, the company that produces Bang Energy drinks claim to be the only water-stable creatine in the world today meaning it is exceptionally good at staying soluble in water and has the same benefits and effects as creatine.
According to VPX that is.
So what exactly is creatine?
Creatine is basically a compound that is formed in protein metabolism and is present in almost all living tissue. Creatine doesn't stay soluble in water for long and is usually consumed to help increase lean muscle mass, improve strength and the muscle recovery process.
There are reports claiming Bang Energy drinks' "Super Creatine" is nothing but a faux and that it doesn't form creatine when ingested, but instead it decomposes into creatinine which is basically a useless substance and is potentially harmful to the body.
Does Bang have creatine in it?
Bang Energy drink does have a small amount of creatine.
This is most probably the only energy drink out there with creatine content which explains why it has been so appealing to fitness enthusiasts around the world.
The only downside is that it is not stated how much creatine is actually present in one serving.
It makes it hard for consumers to gauge how much creatine content there is and whether it is enough to meet their fitness needs.
This video is a must-watch (but be warned, it does contain plenty of F-bombs)
How much creatine is too much?
It is safe to consume 25 grams of creatine daily for up to 14 days or in small doses (4 to 5 grams) daily within an 18 month period.
Taken in high doses creatine can cause damage to the kidneys, liver and even the heart. Mild doses of creatine might cause muscle cramping and nausea
One serving of Bang Energy drink only contains a small amount of creatine. Don't worry, there's no risk that you'll be getting so much creatine from Bang that it might be a health concern.
What sweetener is used in Bang energy drink?
Bang energy drink use Sucralose as a substitute for sugar in their drink.
Sucralose is a versatile artificial sweetener commonly used in diet drinks, chewing gum, gelatin, and frozen desserts. It is also mainly added to coffee or tea to sweeten them for consumption.
It is calorie-free and has no bitter aftertaste like many other artificial sweeteners.
Is Sucralose safe to consume?
Yes, Sucralose is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as safe to consume. Sucralose doesn't have the digestive properties like sugar, and it is passed through the body practically undigested.
Well...don't go thinking that it's all green lights to consume more Sucralose though.
There is research linking Sucralose to a wide variety of health issues as some part of Sucralose may still be metabolized in the digestive tract. At the moment there still isn't enough evidence to say that Sucralose is bad for your health, but I wouldn't recommend consuming too much of it anyway.
Can you drink more than one Bang a day?
Drinking more than one Bang a day is definitely not recommended due to the high caffeine content. The recommended maximum caffeine dosage for a healthy adult is 400mg, consuming any more can be dangerous.
Consuming more than one Bang a day puts you at risk of developing irregular heartbeats, hallucinating, chest pains, convulsions and could also be lethal.
Is it safe to drink bang every day?
When it comes to energy drinks or drinks with high sugar or caffeine content, personally I think it's always best to consume them in moderation.
Sure, the boost they provide might be appealing, but consuming them too frequently might be asking for trouble down the road.
Bang energy drink side effects
According to a lot of reviews, Bang energy drink certainly does give you the boost in energy you need to get your day going due to the high caffeine content.
With the additional supplements such as caffeine and BCAA's one can conclude that consuming this would help contribute to their fitness progress.
But... it does exactly the opposite. And here's why:
Creatine is mainly better for high-intensity type workout. Studies have shown that there's a boost in strength and power when consuming creatine during high-intensity workouts. Creatine encourages the shortening of the muscle relaxation time amid brief isometric muscle constrictions without influencing power output.
Caffeine, on the other hand, is mainly better and is shown to provide significant improvements in endurance type workouts.
So, what happens when you mix them together?
You get an absolute mess of a cocktail.
There has been research indicating that consuming creatine together with caffeine may decrease their effectiveness.
This is because of the opposing effects that caffeine and creative have on muscle relaxation time.
The video explains why mixing creatine and caffeine could be a bad idea.
Bang energy drink health warnings
On the side of any Bang Energy drink, you will find a label indicating the potential harm caused from consuming too much caffeine. It clearly states that consuming too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability sleeplessness and occasionally rapid heartbeat.
This serves as a direct warning to not consume more than a single can of Bang per day.
It's stated that those under the age of 18, pregnant, nursing or who are taking any drug prescription and/or have any medical condition are well advised not to consume it.
How long does Bang energy stay in your system?
With the surging rise in popularity of energy drinks, it's no surprise that people are upping their intake. Little do they know the effects and impacts that those drinks might have on their bodies.
It takes about 6 hours depending on your physiological makeup for the caffeine level in your body to drop to half and an average of 12 hours to be completely removed of all caffeine.
This means that all traces of the caffeine in a can of Bang will be out of your body after 12 hours, and the positive effects from drinking the drink will have passed long before that time arrives.
There are reports indicating that consuming energy drinks can cause people to fail drug tests.
This is due to the presence of THC in the body which is linked to consuming Marijuana. The ingredients Riboflavin and ibuprofen contained in energy drinks can cause people to test positive for THC.
Are Bang energy drinks safe?
Overall, if consumed in moderation as with any other energy drinks, I personally think that Bang energy drinks are safe for consumption. One serving of Bang energy drink contains only 300mg of caffeine which is below the daily recommended dosage of 400mg.
Of course, caffeine isn't the only ingredient that we need to consider when deciding if Bang is safe to consume or not. I'll address some of the other ingredients in a moment.
Are Bang energy drinks bad for you?
No, Bang energy drinks aren't particularly bad for you if consumed in moderation. Bang is far from the wonder-drink that they sometimes claim it to be, but it probably isn't any worse for you than any other energy drink either.
With all the controversy surrounding Bang with regard to their ingredient claims it's understandable why some people stay away from Bang altogether. Bang don't provide sufficient information about the quantity of Super Creatine, BCAA's or CoQ10 for us to know if there is enough of any of them inside a can to get any health benefits.
And that's exactly the problem. Bang have previously made all sorts of wild health claims about their drinks, but so far, those claims have not only not been backed up by evidence, but they have also brought Bang a litany of law suits to defend against.
Personally, I wouldn't recommend consuming Bang frequently due to its high caffeine content.
This video sets out 4 reasons why Bang energy drink might be bad for you.
Alternatives to Bang energy drink
There are lots of great energy drinks on the market. If you're looking for some similar, liquid-based energy drinks that contain less caffeine than Bang, take a look at:
- Red Bull
- Monster Import (different to original Monster)
- Rip It
- Bing energy drink
Powdered energy drinks are another great option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the more better-known energy drinks.
They contain less caffeine than Bang, but come with generally lower price tags and better convenience of use:
In particular, REIZE is an energy drink that is easy to carry around and to make - just add water.
With 50mg of caffeine, REIZE doesn't have the same amount of caffeine that Bang does, but it is a lot more convenient and a more affordable choice.
REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, cheaper than Bang and most of the energy drinks on the market.
Give it a try today and you might just find that you prefer REIZE to Bang.