Powder energy drinks differ from conventional energy drinks which are ready-to-drink liquids.
However, you’ll be surprised to learn that powdered energy drinks are similar to conventional energy drinks in a lot of ways.
The difference is that you add water to the powder before you drink it comparatively to just opening the can. Besides that, the rest of the ingredients are basically the same.
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Powder Vs Liquid
Powdered energy drinks are not much different from their liquid counterparts.
The few differences in which powders differ from the liquid are that powders are usually cheaper because they have less volume of water inside.
That contributes to making powdered energy drinks cheaper since it reduces the shipping cost of them compared to a ready-to-drink energy drink.
Liquid, in comparison, would be slightly more expensive due to the cost of shipping being higher because of the weight and volume of the drink.
Another difference between powder and liquid is that powder might cause a little bit of inconvenience in terms of making the drink, but is way more convenient to carry around with you.
Unlike the liquid energy drink, you can’t just open a can of the powder energy drink and take a sip. You have to mix the powder with water to prepare your energy drink.
This might cause some inconvenience especially if you’re in the middle of a practice session or a place where water may not be as easily accessible.
On the flip side, it’s super convenient to always have a handful of powder energy drinks in your bag or pocket so that you can mix a fresh energy drink whenever you want one.
So, there’s an argument for ready-to-drink being more convenient and there’s also an argument for powders being more convenient.
The decision on which works best is your call.
Why choose a powder energy drink instead of a liquid?
Cheaper in Cost
As described above, powdered energy drinks are cheaper due to the cheaper shipping costs.
Just because they are more affordable, that doesn’t mean that any of the ingredients aren’t as good or that you miss out on any ingredients that ready-to-drink cans contain.
Powdered energy drinks can have the same amount of caffeine, B vitamins, taurine, sugar and other ingredients generally found in a liquid energy drink.
Control the Taste
Powder energy drinks are a lot easier to control in terms of taste, which is another reason I like them so much.
In my opinion, because you can control how much water you mix with the powder, you can control whether the taste is stronger or weaker.
If you’d prefer a more diluted version, then just add more water and vice versa.
It’s a great and easy way to control the taste of the energy drink without having to go around looking for something more diluted. Personally, I feel like this means the powders are way more customizable in terms of taste.
Also, you won’t see this written on any of the powder packagings, but it’s obviously possible to mix the powder energy drinks with a range of different beverages, adding to the versatility.
Convenient to Carry
Powdered energy drinks are also more convenient to carry around in your pocket or bag.
A lot more convenient.
Personally, I could keep a powdered energy drink anywhere in my bag for easy access on those days where I just need a pick-me-up or even to dilute during class.
And if you don’t have a bag, have no fear, it can also fit into your pocket or any pouch you choose to carry.
Also, here’s an important point, when traveling you can’t take liquids through airport security onboard your flight. But, you can take powder energy drinks onboard and either enjoy them during your flight or take them with you to your destination.
I regularly carry dozens of powder energy drinks on international flights and neither customs officials or airport security ever have a problem with it.
Are Powder energy drinks bad for you?
Powder energy drinks are no better or worse for you than ready-to-drink energy drinks. The only difference between the two is that you need to mix the powders with water before you drink them, whereas the ready-to-drink variety are already mixed.
But, the ingredients are the same, and therefore, neither is more healthy or unhealthy than the other.
Just like with any energy drink, I would suggest drinking powdered energy drinks in moderation.
Like ready-to-drink energy drinks, powder energy drinks can also have a lot of caffeine and other ingredients in them that you should consume in moderation.
In particular, you should pay close attention to the ingredients label of any energy drink, powder or not, and look at the caffeine and sugar content.
These two ingredients, if drunk in excess can cause a number of health problems in both children and adults, including:
Heart Rate Altered
In a study published by the American Heart Association, they had various volunteers do an overnight fast and then proceeded to have them drink two 16 ounce bottles of one of two energy drinks or a placebo.
The researches then measured the heart rate of each participant and found that there was a big change in the time that the heart needed to contract and relax.
It showed how energy drinks, when consumed in excess can cause changes in heart rate.
Increase in Blood Pressure
Sugar and excessive caffeine can cause a child or teenager’s blood pressure to rise, effectively subjecting them to higher chances of health problems.
These include heart attack and stroke as well as many others. As such, it is important for children and teenagers not to drink too many energy drinks.
In fact, I’m a strong supporter of not selling energy drinks to anyone younger than 18 years old.
As ironic as it seems, excessive drinking of energy drinks can cause obesity. This does seem a bit funny, given the reputation of energy drinks as the ideal drinks for sport.
But you have to understand that when doing sports, you are losing energy and strength at alarming rates and that’s where the energy drink comes to help.
But when you are at home sitting on a couch drinking energy drinks or if during exercise you consume too many energy drinks, it could lead to obesity.
Actually, this is mainly true of energy drinks that contain a lot of sugar, which is another reason that I like to recommend sugar-free energy drinks.
Generally, I suggest only consuming energy drinks when you are out doing physical activity so that it ensures that all that fat and sugar is burnt off.
Also, moderation is key. Limit yourself to a sensible amount and you should be fine.
If you want to know what happens when you drink energy drinks every day, check out my other article where I cover everything you need to know.
What to look for in a powder energy drink?
As with all energy drinks, there are certain key things to look for when choosing an energy drink. These are:
- Caffeine content
- Sugar Content
All energy drinks contain caffeine and there is a good reason for that. These include powder energy drinks.
This is because the caffeine helps keep you alert and awake during long workouts and keeps your head in the game when you need to be sharp and focussed.
The daily limit for caffeine is no more than 400mg per day as recommended by FDA.
Personally, I would prefer about 50-100mg per serving as an ideal amount for anyone to take.
However, depending on the person, the amount could be less or more. Experiment a little and see what works best for you.
Just make sure you don’t overdo it and know your limits when it comes to your caffeine intake.
These include insomnia, high blood pressure and dizziness.
Sugar is found in many powdered energy drinks and provides an instant energy boost.
But much like caffeine, sugar can have pretty bad health risks when you consume it excessively.
This study showed that overconsumption of sugar can lead to heart diseases and diabetes.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends daily intake of sugar be kept to a maximum of 37.5g for men and 25g for women.
So I would say, keep your eyes on those sugar levels.
Pricing is the most complicated thing when it comes to choosing energy drinks.
When it comes down to it, you want something worth the investment but also something that is affordable.
When planning your budget for the month, the wrong energy drink may exhaust your income.
$3, $4 or even $5 per can isn’t uncommon.
Which is why powder energy drinks are great and a lifesaver on the pockets.
Although not always true, most powder energy drinks are more affordable than ready to drink energy drinks.
My personal favorite is REIZE, which costs only around $1 per drink including shipping right to your door.
But more on that later…
What is the best energy drink powder?
In no particular order, here are several of my top picks in the powder energy drink category.
Try them all and see which one works best for you!
Zipfizz has 11 flavors and their theme is fruit. Each tube of powder is small and convenient to carry around in your bag.
Nutrient wise, it has 100mg of caffeine and it’s absolutely sugar-free which I think makes it a great option.
You can give it a try and see if Zipfizz works for you.
However, this doesn’t include shipping, so consider the total and compare to the alternatives.
By the way, you should definitely check out my Zipfizz review articles before buying any.
Endorsed by PewDiePie, Gfuel is a great powdered energy drink and much like REIZE is also sugar-free.
However, it contains about 150mg of caffeine in a single-serve, which I consider to be a bit much. But hey, maybe you have a high tolerance to caffeine, so it might work for you.
It’s usually not too expensive, but remember to consider the shipping cost when comparing it against your other options.
Overall, I’d say it’s a good option, although can be a touch on the pricey side when you consider shipping and it has a bit too much caffeine for me.
Advocare Spark energy drink has 120mg of caffeine and is sugar-free.
Instead of sugar, Advocare Spark has sucralose which is 400-700 times sweeter than sugar.
Is that a good thing?
Well, sucralose is an artificial sweetener which is not to say that it’s bad but it just depends on you.
If you want to know exactly what I think of Advocare Spark and how I rate it out of 10, check out my Spark review article where I cover absolutely everything you could possibly want to know about the buying and tasting process.
REIZE (most recommended)
Honestly, I just love REIZE Energy Drink and I feel like it’s the best option on this list as far as powder energy drinks go.
REIZE has 50mg of caffeine, that makes for a good energy boost. It also ensures that you don’t get side effects.
It’s also sugar-free which means you won’t need to worry about a sugar crash.
REIZE energy drinks also contain many other great ingredients such as taurine, ginseng and B vitamins. These ingredients work together to give you a perfect and long-lasting energy boost, with no crash.
I don’t know about you, but to me, it sounds like the perfect powder.
And as for price, REIZE is only around $1 per drink and that INCLUDES shipping straight to your door.
Give REIZE a try and you might find that it quickly becomes your favorite energy drink powder too.
I promise you won’t regret it.
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