Mother Energy Drink is a brand in the Coca-Cola portfolio, sold in Australia and New Zealand. It has plenty of unique flavours and is quite popular in the region.
But should you drink Mother Energy Drink every day?
For health purposes, you should probably moderate your consumption to only one can a day, due to the rather high sugar content.
Even with the sugar-free version, it’s still best to just have two cans in a single day. There’s still quite a bit of caffeine even without the sugar.
Read on if you’re looking for a more in-depth answer and analysis of all the sugar and caffeine in Mother energy drink, and how it’ll impact your daily consumption habits.
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Mother Energy Drink Ingredients
For starters, here’s a quick list of the ingredients in a can of original and sugar-free variation of Mother Energy Drink:
- Carbonated Water
- Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate)
- Colour (Caramel IV)
- Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)
- Vitamins [Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12]
- Guarana Extract
The Sugar-Free version has all the same ingredients as the original mix, but switches out the sugar (sucrose) for the Acesulphame Potassium and Sucralose, which are both artificial sweeteners.
Both Acesulphame Potassium and Sucralose are zero-calorie sweeteners, with minimal effect on blood sugar levels and diet. More detailed research info on them can be found here.
Nutrition value of Mother Energy Drink
For ease of reference, I’ve compiled all you need to know about the nutritional value for both Mother Energy Original and Sugar-Free in an easy-to-read table:
|Typical Values Per 500 ml Can||Mother Original||Mother Sugar-Free|
|Energy||228 Calories||23 Calories|
(Of which Saturated)
(Of which Sugars)
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||9.0mg||9.0mg|
|Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)||3.3mg||3.3mg|
How Many Calories in Mother Energy Drink?
A 500 ml can of Mother Energy Drink Original contains 228 calories, while the Sugar-Free version contains only 23 calories.
Looking at the calories, it’s obvious that the Sugar-Free version is drastically better for you if you happen to be on a diet. With 23 calories, it’s only about one-tenth of the Original, yet still retains the same great taste.
If you’re an active person craving a sugar rush, however, you might find yourself drawn to the Original. Doesn’t matter how much the calorie count is long as you burn it off, right?
Be sure to not indulge too much though, the usual recommended daily calorific limit for healthy young adults ranges from 2000 to 2400 calories for women and 2400 to 3000 calories for men.
While 228 calories don’t sound like much, it does add up when you take the calories from your other food and drink intake into account. So do have these energy drinks in moderation.
How Much Sugar is in Mother Energy Drink?
The Original Mother Energy Drink has 51g of sugar per 500ml can while the sugar-free version contains absolutely no sugar as advertised on the can (no surprises there).
Given that the AHA recommends a maximum daily sugar intake of 36g and 25g for men and women respectively, just a single 500ml can of Mother goes past and even beyond that daily limit, which is pretty scary.
It’s strong stuff, and it’s certain to give you that boost of energy you need for the moment, but it’s also sure to come with a crash after.
Besides that, you might’ve guessed but there’s a whole list of complications from having too much sugar in your diet, such as:
- Increased Weight
- Increased Risks of Heart Disease
- Drained Energy
- Declined Dental Health
Plus, high-sugar energy drinks will inevitably have a crash at the end due to a sharp drop in blood sugar levels.
Hence, drinking Mother Energy Drink may be suitable for you if you’re looking for a short burst of energy, but not when you need the energy for long hours.
If you’re worried about the crash, have a go at Mother’s Sugar-Free version, or take a look at the many sugar-free energy drinks I’ve compiled here.
How Much Caffeine is In Mother Energy Drink?
Both the Original and Sugar-Free version of Mother contains 160mg of caffeine per 500 ml can (The Sugar-Free version actually contains 1mg less caffeine at 159mg).
Caffeine is an important component of any energy drink, helping to improve energy levels, decrease fatigue, and improve mental function.
While it’s not the strongest caffeinated energy drink available on the market, Mother still packs quite the punch.
- Mild Confusion
- Increased Heart Rate
- Muscle Aches
I personally prefer to have my energy drinks with a caffeine content of between 50mg to 100mg so as to not get overwhelmed by it, considering that I have lower caffeine tolerance.
Also, try not to stack energy drinks with other food and beverages that might contain caffeine (such as tea and coffee) as it can very easily tip you over the limit.
If you want to learn a bit more about how caffeine functions in your body, here’s a quick video that explains it quite well.
Is Mother Energy Drink Good For Health?
Energy-boosting wise, Mother Energy Drink does give you a nice energy boost. However, due to the high caffeine and sugar content, only drink Mother in moderation, and stay active to burn off those extra calories.
Ultimately, it really depends on how well you adapt to the drink, as well as what you’re drinking it for. While you can enjoy one casually, it’s not necessarily the most optimal way of having one.
You’ll probably get the most out of it when you’re cramming for a test or trying to put on the finishing touches on your assignments. Basically, anything that involves a short-term need for focus and concentration.
To be on the safe side, if you’re still not too sure if you should add Mother Energy Drinks into your diet, it’s always best to consult a doctor.
How Many Mother Energy Drinks Can I Have a Day?
I would recommend you only have one 500ml can of Original Mother Energy Drink a day, and that you leave some days off without consuming the drink at all to give your body a break every now and then.
If you’re wondering if it’s because of the 51g of sugar in a can, you are absolutely right!
Having just one 500 ml can of Mother will put you over the recommended sugar limit. So you can imagine how having more than one would be really detrimental to your overall health in the long-run.
If you quite like the taste of Original Mother Energy Drink, you could always get them in a smaller 250ml can which contains half the sugar and caffeine content (25g and 80g respectively).
It might be less potent, but I’m sure the energy boost will work just the same, especially if you’re someone who goes through multiple cans in a marathon work session.
I would personally suggest you limit your intake to two no more two 500ml Sugar-Free Mother Energy Drinks a day, drinking two only if you need the extra boost, as one should work just fine in most cases.
I should also point out that the back of the can says to limit your daily consumption to no more than a single can. I’m pretty certain that limit is there because of the B group vitamins, which are generally passed straight out of your system when consumed in excess.
It’s probably a good idea to stick to that guidance, but definitely don’t have more than two in a day or you’ll be having more than the daily limit of caffeine, plus wayyyy too many B group vitamins.
Without the sugar, the only ingredient you should keep track of in Mother Energy Drink would be the caffeine content.
At 160mg per 500ml can, you should technically be able to drink 2 of them without suffering from caffeine overdose.
However, everyone reacts to caffeine differently, so be sure to know your caffeine limit before jumping right in and downing two cans back to back.
Mother Energy Drink Flavours
Mother Energy Drink comes in a variety of flavours, such as:
- Frosty Berry
- Tropical Blast
- Epic Swell (Australian exclusive)
While not as extensive as Rockstar or Monster, there’s still quite a good selection here. So feel free to try them out and see which ones suit your taste buds best.
Mother Energy Drink Alternatives
If you’re fond of Mother Energy Drink, some of these other brands below might appeal to you as well:
On the other hand, if you find powdered energy drinks more your style, these might tickle your fancy:
REIZE Energy Drink (10 out of 10)
Looking for another great energy drink that’s also available in Australia and New Zealand?
REIZE is a powdered energy drink, in which each 4g sachet has a sensible 50mg of caffeine and is sugar-free with only 11 calories per serving.
It also contains a bunch of other beneficial ingredients such as taurine, ginseng, and B-group vitamins. All of this combines to form an excellent formula to give you a great energy boost without the crash.
Best of all, you can get REIZE home delivered right to your door for about $1 per drink.
Try REIZE today, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it’s a smarter choice (and more delicious) than Mother.