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Coca-Cola Energy drink Review – How does it compare?

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Coca-Cola Energy

Coca-Cola has launched the very first energy drink under the Coca-Cola brand.

The all new energy drink from Coca-Cola features caffeine from natural sources and lots of other ingredients, plus the familiar Coca-Cola taste.

At the moment, Coca-Cola Energy is only available in Europe, having launched in Hungary and Spain in April of 2019.

If you're in the States - tough luck.

There aren't any plans to introduce Coca-Cola energy outside of Europe until at least 2020. The only way you can get your hands on it is if you travel all the way to Hungary (or Spain) to grab a can for yourself.

Or, if you have a friend from Hungary you could ask them to get it for you, which is what I did.

Isn't the classic Coca-Cola already caffeinated?

Yes, regular Coca-Cola has 34mg of caffeine per 12 fl.oz can. However, Coca-Cola energy drink contains much more, with 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz can. 

The classic Coke does contain caffeine, but not nearly as much as the energy drink version.

Additionally, Coca-Cola energy drink contains several other ingredients that you won't find in a regular can of Coke.

What Flavors does Coca-Cola Energy have?

At the moment, Coca-Cola energy only comes in the cola flavor that we are all familiar with, but in two different versions - regular and sugar-free. 

Coca-Cola energy drink review
At the moment, Coca-Cola only comes in two versions, regular (on the right) and sugar-free (on the left).

When it comes to flavors, Coca-Cola energy currently doesn't have much to choose from, unlike many other energy drink brands. 

However, keep in mind that this is a new energy drink, and most likely, The Coca-Cola Company is just testing the market before launching any more new flavors later on.

Coca-Cola Energy Ingredients

Each can of Coca-Cola Energy contains:

  • 105 Calories
  • 80mg of caffeine
  • 0g Fat
  • 0g Saturated Fatty Acids
  • 26g Carbohydrates
  • 26g Sugar
  • 0g Protein
  • 10mg Salt
  • 4mg Niacin 
  • 0.38mg vitamin B6

It also contains a small amount of:

  • Guarana extract
  • Citric Acid
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Natural Aroma
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Carbonated water

Interestingly, unlike most energy drinks, Coca-Cola Energy doesn't contain any Taurine. 

This makes me wonder how effective Coca-Cola energy actually is in giving me an energy boost, since it only contains caffeine and sugar, but lacks taurine and a lot of the B vitamins that other energy drinks have.

If you're interested to read more about the ingredients in energy drinks and what they do, you can check out my other article.

Coca-Cola Energy Drink Review - How does it compare?

On the surface, Coca-Cola energy drink is a fairly standard energy drink. 

The main differences are the Coca-Cola energy doesn't contain taurine and that it has far fewer B group vitamins than most energy drinks. 

Coca-Cola Energy vs Red Bull

Red Bull against a background of greenery

Caffeine

Coca-Cola Energy contains 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz which is the same as Red Bull.

Coca-Cola energy contains the same amount of caffeine as a regular can of Red Bull. However, I felt that the energy boost that I got from Coca-Cola energy wasn't as much as I usually feel after drinking a can of Red Bull. 

Sugar

Coca-Cola Energy contains 26g of sugar per 8.4 fl.oz, while Red Bull contains 27g of sugar per 8.4 fl.oz.

Coca-Cola energy contains almost the same amount of sugar as Red Bull. If you look at it, Coca-Cola energy is very similar to Red Bull on several measures.

They both have the same caffeine content and almost the same sugar content, it seems like Coca-Cola energy is trying to imitate certain aspects that are obviously working well for Red Bull and compete directly with them in the energy drink category.

However, one significant difference between the two brands is taste. They each taste very different.

Price

Coca-Cola Energy costs about $1.30 per 8.4 fl.oz can, whereas a 8.4 fl.oz can of Red Bull costs about $2.

However, the $1.30 price tag was in Hungary, Europe. It was also during the initial launch of the product, so who knows that the price will actually be once it's available in the rest of the world. 

If the price remains the same at $1.30 per drink, Coca-Cola energy drink will be better value than Red Bull. 

However, my guess is that the two drinks will eventually have very similar prices. 

Coca-Cola Energy vs Monster

A can of Monster original flavor.

Caffeine

Coca-Cola Energy contains 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz, whereas Monster energy contains 160mg of caffeine per 16 fl.oz.

It's true that Monster energy contains more caffeine than Coca-Cola energy drink in absolute terms, but when compared per fluid ounce the two drinks actually contain almost the same amount of caffeine.

Depending on your tolerance, you might decide that more caffeine is not necessarily better. Try both and see which one works best for you.

Sugar

Coca-Cola Energy contains 26g of sugar per 8.4 fl.oz, whereas Monster energy contains 54g of sugar per 16 fl.oz.

Again, Monster has almost double the amount of sugar as Coca-Cola energy drink, but that's because the can is almost twice the size. Per fluid ounce, they have a very similar amount of sugar.

Personally, both these drinks contain too much sugar for my liking.

However, if I were to choose between these two, I would go for Coca-Cola energy simply because it's a smaller can, with less sugar in total.

Price

Coca-Cola Energy costs about $1.30 per 8.4 fl.oz, whereas Monster energy costs about $3.20 per 16 Fl.oz.

$3.20 for an energy drink is quite expensive.

Monster energy is almost double the size, double the caffeine and double the sugar compared to Coca-Cola Energy, but it's around 3 times the price.

If you buy two cans of Coca-Cola Energy is pretty much the same amount of liquid as a Monster, but only cost you $2.60, which is much cheaper. 

When it comes to price, Coca-Cola energy is better value for money.

Again, that's assuming that Coca-Cola energy costs $1.30, which may not be true in the future in all parts of the world. 

Coca-Cola Energy vs Bang

Bang energy drink has much more caffeine than Coca-Cola energy drink

Caffeine

Coca-Cola Energy contains 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz, whereas Bang contains almost four times the amount of caffeine with 300mg per 16 fl.oz.

When it comes to the caffeine content, Bang energy absolutely pummels Coca-Cola energy - 300mg of caffeine versus 80mg.

However, personally I prefer my energy drinks to contain somewhere between 50mg and 100mg of caffeine per serve. I think Bang way overdoes it on the caffeine content.

Drinking two cans of Coca-Cola energy would be a similar amount of liquid to drinking a single can of Bang, but would contain around half the total caffeine that you would get from a single can of Bang.

If you're looking for an intense energy boost, Bang might be perfect for you. But, if you're looking for a more sensible amount of caffeine that still allows you to think clearly, I would recommend that you choose the Coca-Cola energy drink instead.

Sugar

Coca-Cola Energy contains 26g of sugar per 8.4 fl.oz, while Bang energy drink is sugar-free.

Based on this, I would be far more likely to choose a can of Bang because I try to minimize my sugar intake as much as possible. 

Before you go thinking that Bang energy is much healthier than Coca-Cola energy, keep in mind that Bang also contains artificial sweeteners.

Also, don't forget that Coca-Cola energy has its own sugar-free version too.

If you're interested to find out more about Bang and if it's actually good for you, check out my other article.

Price

Coca-Cola Energy costs about $1.30 per can, whereas Bang energy costs around $2.20 per can.

This really comes down to your preferences, because they are both relatively affordable. Bang is almost twice the price, but it's also around twice the size.

I don't have any problem with either of their prices, other than the fact that both of them are more expensive than my favorite energy drink

If you want to avoid sugar, go for Bang or grab the sugar-free Coca-Cola energy drink. If you want a sensible amount of caffeine, go for the Coca-Cola energy. 

Coca-Cola Energy vs Mountain Dew Kickstart

Caffeine 

Coca-Cola Energy contains 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz, whereas Mountain Dew Kickstart contains 92mg of caffeine per 16 fl.oz.

Both of these drinks contain significantly less caffeine than the recommended maximum dosage of 400mg per day.

Neither drink is very high on the list of the world's strongest energy drinks

If you compare both drinks in terms of caffeine per fluid ounce, Coca-Cola energy has a higher caffeine content. 

To me, both of these energy drinks provide a similar energy boost and they both contain a reasonable amount of caffeine.

I suggest you try both and see which you prefer.

Sugar

Coca-Cola Energy contains 26g of sugar, whereas Mountain Dew Kickstart has 20g of sugar.

20g of sugar for 16 fl.oz in a Mountain Dew Kickstart isn't a lot compared to many other energy drinks.

Mountain Dew Kickstart seems much better if you're keeping an eye on your sugar intake.

Price

Coca-Cola Energy costs about $1.30 per 8.4 fl.oz, whereas Mountain Dew Kickstart costs about $1.30 per 16 fl.oz.

Both Coca-Cola energy and Mountain Dew Kickstart cost about the same.

However, if you were to compare the size of these energy drinks, Mountain Dew Kickstart seems like better value for money because the can is almost twice the size.

Coca-Cola energy drink review scorecard

Overall, I give Coca-Cola energy drink a 6.5/10. 

It's a perfectly fine energy drink, but it didn't blow me away in any way either.

Things that are keeping me from giving it a higher mark:

  • Underwhelming energy boost 
  • Too much sugar (although there is a sugar-free option)
  • It lacks the B group vitamins that most energy drinks contain
  • It lacks Taurine

It's also very early in the story of Coca-Cola energy drink. There may well be some changes in the future and the big unknown over the medium term is the price.

If the price remains around $1.30 per can, I will be likely to recommend it.

If the price increases to something similar to Red Bull (which I think it will), I will recommend people consider some other options before buying.

Coca-Cola Energy vs REIZE

REIZE Energy Drink is very convenient.

Caffeine

Coca-Cola Energy contains 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz, whereas REIZE contains 50mg per 8.4 fl.oz

With 50mg of caffeine, REIZE contains less caffeine than Coca-Cola energy drink. 

However, in my opinion, I get a better energy boost from REIZE.

REIZE contains many other ingredients to go along with the caffeine. Taurine, ginseng and B vitamins all work together, alongside the caffeine, to deliver the perfect energy boost, with no sugar crash.

I higher caffeine content doesn't necessarily equal a stronger energy boost. I've certainly been disappointed by that assumption before. 

Sugar

Coca-Cola Energy contains 26g of sugar, whereas REIZE is completely sugar-free.

When it comes to choosing which energy drink is best for you, it's always better to go for the ones with less sugar in my opinion. 

Energy drinks that contain lots of sugar can cause some serious health issues if you consume them in excess.

Also, the energy-boosting effects that energy drinks give you will eventually wear off. After a few hours, you may experience a sugar crash which is probably going to leave you more fatigued than you were beforehand.

In this regard, I think REIZE is better than Coca-Cola Energy.

However, remember that Coca-Cola energy does have a sugar-free option too. 

Price

Coca-Cola Energy cost about $1.30 per 8.4 fl.oz, whereas REIZE only costs around $1 per drink (8.4 fl.oz)m including shipping to your door.

At $1 per drink, REIZE might just be the most affordable energy drink on the market.

REIZE is definitely more affordable than Coca-Cola Energy.

Try REIZE Energy Drink

Unlike your traditional ready-to-drink energy drinks, such as Coca-Cola Energy, REIZE comes in powdered form. You can mix the powder with water or almost any beverage of your choice and... Voila!

Instant energy whenever you need it.

REIZE is a lot more versatile than a lot of the other well-known energy drink brands.

The best part?

With REIZE, you have the flexibility to choose a monthly deliveries or one-time purchases to cater to your energy needs.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, making it VERY affordable.

If you've never tried REIZE before, what are you waiting for?

Try REIZE today.

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Coca-Cola energy drink – Ingredients, caffeine & more

Coca-Cola energy cans

What is Coca-Cola Energy drink?

Coca-Cola Energy is the first energy drink to be launched under the Coca-Cola brand. It's Coca-Cola's attempt to enter the booming energy drink industry, challenging the likes of Red Bull. 

The drink was launched in April, 2019 in Hungary and Spain - two relatively small European energy drink markets.

For anyone in the States, getting your hands on Coca-Cola energy drink isn't going to be easy. At the moment, Coca-Cola is testing the success of their new product in Europe and there are no plans to launch Coca-Cola energy outside of Europe until at least 2020.

Where is Coca-Cola Energy drink made?

Coca-Cola energy drink is made in Romania, Europe.

The company behind Coca-Cola energy is, unsurprisingly, The Coca-Cola Company.

The company is responsible for manufacturing many beverages that we've grown to know and love, the most notable being Coca-Cola and Sprite.

The Coca-Cola Company is by far the largest beverage company in the world.

The Coca cola company
The Coca-Cola company is the company behind one of the most iconic beverages in the world.

Interestingly, the company is also the sponsor for some of the worlds most notable sports events such as the Olympic Games, The FIFA World Cup, NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and also the Indian Premier League.

Coca-Cola Energy Ingredients

Each can of Coca-Cola Energy contains:

  • 105 Calories
  • 80mg of caffeine (much less than the strongest energy drinks in the world)
  • 0g Fat
  • 0g Saturated Fatty Acids
  • 26g Carbohydrates
  • 26g Sugar
  • 0g Protein
  • 10mg Salt
  • 4mg Niacin 
  • 0.38mg  B-vitamins

It also contains a small amount of:

  • Guarana extract
  • Citric Acid
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Natural Aroma
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Carbonated water

Coca-Cola Energy features caffeine from natural sources (guarana) and plenty of other ingredients to deliver the unmistakable Coca-Cola taste. Although, it's not clear whether all of the caffeine within the can comes from Guarana, or only part of the total caffeine content.

Unlike most energy drinks, Coca-Cola Energy doesn't contain Taurine which improves mental and physical performance, especially when combined with caffeine.

Flavors

Coca-Cola energy comes in just the one great-tasting cola flavor, but with two different versions:

  • Coca-Cola Energy Original
  • Coca-Cola Energy Sugar-free

Caffeine content

Coca-Cola Energy contains a total of 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 Fl.oz can. 

80mg of caffeine is a good amount in my opinion. The FDA recommends that we limit our consumption to no more than 400mg a day.

You would have to drink at least 5 cans in order to reach that limit - which is a lot of liquid to drink and something that I don't recommend you try.

This is because caffeine overdose is a serious matter with serious health concerns, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Jitters

What's worse, regularly consuming large amounts of caffeine can also lead to caffeine addiction.

If you're drinking Coca-Cola Energy it's important to be aware of how much you're actually consuming each day along with other sources of caffeine.

As with all energy drinks, those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not drink it, nor should children under the age of 18.

If you have a low tolerance to caffeine, you should check with your doctor about how much is safe for you to drink.

Sugar content

Coca-Cola energy contains a total of 26g of sugar. 

Coca-cola energy sugar content
For such a small can, Coca-cola energy sure does contain a lot of sugar (cukrok in Hungarian).

The recommended maximum daily dosage of sugar for men in 38g of sugar and 25g for women. That's guidance straight from the American Heart Association.  

That amount includes both naturally occurring sugar in foods (such as fruit), as well as those added in things such as energy drinks. For women, drinking just a single can of Coca-Cola energy will be enough to put you over that recommended daily limit. 

Sugar, if consumed in excess over time can cause a wide variety of health issues such as diabetes. It's certainly in your best interest to drink it in moderation and not too frequently.

Price

I asked my European friend to grab me some cans shortly after it hit the shelves in Hungary. The price per can was 375 Hungarian Forints, which is around $1.30 per can. 

Who knows exactly what the price will be in the future, after the initial launch phase. Also, it's highly likely that cans will sell for different prices in different regions of the world. 

My guess is that Coca-Cola energy will be priced somewhere around $2 per 8.4 fl.oz can once it's available in the United States to compete directly with Red Bull.

If that's too pricey for you, you can check out my favorite energy drink which ships right to your door for around $1 per drink.

That's even more affordable than buying a can of Coca-Cola energy off the shelf in Hungary and you don't need to fly all the way to Eastern Europe to get it!

Where to buy

If you're in the States and looking to get your hands on Coca-Cola Energy, luck isn't on your side.

At the moment, Coca-Cola energy is only available in Hungary and Spain. There aren't any plans to expand beyond Europe until at least 2020. 

If you really want to try Coca-Cola energy for yourself, your best bet is to travel to Spain or Hungary and get some there.

Or you could ask a European friend to get some for you, which is what I did.

How many cans of Coca-Cola Energy can I drink in a day?

There aren't any guidelines on how many cans of Coca-Cola Energy that you should limit yourself to per day. However, on the can it does state that you should consume it responsibly.

Looking at the amount of caffeine and other ingredients in the can, it's quite similar to many other brands.

Generally speaking, energy drinks typically recommend that people drink no more than 2 cans per day, but that does vary a little depending on the actual amount of each ingredient in the can - especially caffeine.

In my opinion, drinking a maximum of two cans a day should be completely fine unless you have a pre-existing health condition.

Is Coca-Cola Energy Healthy?

Personally, I don't think that it's particularly healthy for you, but that's just my opinion. 

As mentioned above, Coca-Cola Energy (the regular version) contains quite a lot of sugar, which can cause health problems if you consume too much of it. 

Sugar, if consumed in excess over time can cause your liver to become resistant to insulin, which can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

If in doubt, consult your doctor for more information about whether or not you should be drinking Coca-Cola energy drink.

Is Coca-Cola Energy Bad for you?

No, in my opinion, Coca-Cola energy drink isn't particularly bad for you if consumed in moderation.

Just like most energy drinks, if consumed in moderation, they generally don't cause much harm to your health. 

However, if you drink energy drinks on a frequent basis and more than one a day, you might encounter some health issues down the road.

Energy drinks might cause you to experience side effects such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Sugar crashes
  • Restlessness

However, if you consume large quantities of energy drinks over an extended period of time, they may cause more serious side effects, such as:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Caffeine addiction

What are the side effects of Coca-Cola Energy drink?

You might experience some of the following side effects from drinking Coca-Cola Energy in excess, just like you might from drinking any other energy drinks.

Possible minor side-effects from drinking energy drinks include:

  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue 
  • Sugar Crashes
  • Headaches
  • Stomach Irritation
  • Increased Heart Rate

Some more dangerous effects that you might experience after drinking energy drinks in excess:

  • Caffeine addiction
  • Dehydration
  • Poor dental health
  • Kidney Stones
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

In my opinion, the most "dangerous" ingredients in energy drinks, including Coca-Cola energy drink, are caffeine and sugar. Of course, energy drinks are certainly not the only products that contain these two ingredients.

Consume both sensibly and in moderation and you should be just fine.

Coca-Cola Energy and Alcohol

Energy drinks are sometimes mixed with alcohol, especially in clubs and bars

Since Coca-Cola Energy drink is fairly new to the market, it will likely take some time before bars, clubs and people themselves start to experiment with different cocktails.

I'm certainly not condoning this behavior, I'm just being realistic and acknowledging the fact that many people mix alcohol with energy drinks every single day.

I think the fact that Coca-Cola energy drink tastes a lot like Coca-Cola also has some interesting ramifications.

Coca-Cola is mixed with alcohol even more frequently than energy drinks are, so it doesn't take much of a stretch of the imagination to think about some likely cocktails that people may soon be mixing Coca-Cola energy with.

If you're thinking about trying it out yourself - be safe and always drink in moderation.

This is because energy drinks can mask the effects of alcohol, which makes you think you're not as drunk as you really are. This can cause you to misjudge your own actions and become more likely to make potentially dangerous and harmful decisions.

Coca-Cola Energy vs Red Bull

With the familiar, slim 8.4 fl.oz (250ml) cans, regular and sugar-free versions and the same 80mg of caffeine in each, Coca-Cola energy seems to be following in the tried and tested footsteps of other energy drink brands that have come before them.

Most notably - Red Bull.

After all, why reinvent the wheel?

It's clear by now that Coca-Cola energy is trying to compete directly with Red Bull in the energy drink category. 

This may or may not be related to Red Bull recently entering the cola drinks space with their own Red Bull cola that competes with regular Coca-Cola. 

"You compete with us, and we'll bring the fight to you."

Fair enough too I suppose.

In addition to having the same caffeine content, the two drinks are almost identical in terms of sugar. Red Bull contains 27g per 8.4 fl.oz can, while Coca-Cola energy contains 26g per 8.4 fl.oz can.

I can't help but think that in order to achieve something that tastes similar to regular Coca-Cola, they needed to come up with a formulation that didn't include taurine or nearly as many B vitamins as Red Bull or most other energy drinks.

This is just my theory, but I suspect that if they had included as many B vitamins in Coca-Cola energy as most other energy drinks contain that they would not have been able to make anything that tastes even remotely close to regular Coca-Cola.

Comparing Red Bull to Coca-Cola energy, an 8.4 fl.oz can of Red Bull contains:

  • 100% of your daily Niacin
  • 80% of your daily vitamin B12
  • 250% of your daily vitamin B6
  • 50% of your daily Pantothenic Acid

On the other hand, take a look at how little B vitamins are included in an 8.4 fl.oz can of Coca-Cola energy drink:

  • 25% of your daily Niacin
  • 27% of your daily vitamin B6

Aside from having significantly less B vitamins than Red Bull, Coca-Cola energy seems very similar to Red Bull on most other measures.

Coca-Cola Energy Drink review

Visuals

Coca-cola energy drink can
Personally, I like the look of Coca-Cola energy drink.

The design of Coca-Cola energy drink is very sleek in my opinion. It gives off a modern vibe and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

The can itself is the same as any other 8.4 fl.oz can of energy drink.

Taste

Despite being positioned as "the only energy drink with a great Coca-Cola taste", I don't think that Coca-Cola energy tastes exactly the same as regular Coke.

In my opinion, Coca-Cola energy drink tastes a little toned down compared to the classic version of Coca-Cola. It also seems to be less fizzy than regular Coke.

I think the sugar-free version of Coca-Cola energy tastes exactly like Coke Zero.

Between the original and sugar-free versions of Coca-Cola energy, the two drinks taste almost identical to each other, but the sugar-free version seems to be slightly less sweet and slightly less fizzy.

Effects

Coca-Cola energy drink gives you a gentle energy boost. It's more subtle than other energy drinks, but still enough to keep you awake.

However, with the sugar-free version, I didn't feel as alert as I did when I drank the version of Coca-Cola energy that contains sugar.

The effects seemed to last about 2 hours, and I didn't experience any sugar crash after drinking the sugar-free version, but I did after drinking the regular version that contains sugar. 

Final Thoughts

I wouldn't say that Coca-Cola energy drink is any better than other energy drinks that we already know. It was OK, but it also didn't blow me away on any measures with its performance.

I think that there are lots of other great energy drinks, such as REIZE, that I prefer in terms of taste, price and effects.

For me, Coca-Cola energy is more of a refreshing drink that you drink to quench your thirst and give you a slight energy boost.

If you're looking for a gentle energy boost and if you love cola beverages, this might be the drink for you. If you're looking for a strong energy boost you may want to consider some other options.

Alternatives to Coca-Cola Energy drink

There are lots of great energy drinks out there for you. If you're looking for ready-to-drink energy drinks that are similar to Coca-Cola Energy, Have a look at:

Monster

• Rockstar

Red Bull

Celsius Energy Drink

XS Energy Drink

Rip It

Bing Energy Drink

Bang Energy 

Guru

Xyience

Monster Import (different from regular Monster)

Monster Khaos

Monster Assault

Powdered energy drinks are also a great option, and they're much more convenient and affordable than most of the best energy drinks on the market. 

GFuel

Zipfizz

Advocare Spark

• REIZE (my personal favorite)

If you're looking for something that's quick and easy to take, have a look at Vivarin caffeine pills. Each pill has a huge amount of caffeine (200mg), 2.5x the amount that Coca-Cola Energy has in a can.

Of course, there are still lots of other great caffeinated products that could also help you with your energy needs. Make It Mio immediately comes to mind. It's more of a water enhancer that gives your water flavor, but there's also a caffeinated version. 

Better than Coca-Cola energy drink

In my opinion, REIZE Energy Drink is better than Coca-Cola energy.

REIZE Energy Drink is very convenient.
REIZE is home delivered for your convenience.

With 50mg of caffeine, REIZE contains less caffeine than Coca-Cola Energy, but it does contain lots of other great energy-boosting ingredients such as taurine, ginseng and plenty of B vitamins which work together with the caffeine to give you a great energy boost.

Not to mention, REIZE is also sugar-free.

That's not all.

REIZE ships right to your door for about $1 per drink, much cheaper than most other energy drinks on the market, including Coca-Cola energy drink.

You can choose monthly deliveries or one-time purchases to best suit your needs.

Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that you prefer it to Coca-Cola energy drink.

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Coca-Cola Energy Drink Caffeine and Ingredients

Coca-cola energy cans

Coca-Cola Energy 

For Coca-Cola fans who love energy drinks, it's time to rejoice. Coca-cola has just launched its very own energy drink - the "Coca-Cola energy drink" in April, 2019.

At the moment Coca-cola Energy is only available in Hungary and Spain and it features caffeine from natural sources as well as other ingredients - all with the refreshing taste of Coca-Cola that you know and love. 

The all-new Coca Cola energy drink is currently available in both original and sugar-free versions.

Each can contains 250ml which is 8.4 fl.oz. If you're outside of Europe and want to get your hands on it, at the moment you won't be able to (unless you've got European friends!). Plans to introduce Coca-Cola energy outside of Europe won't be confirmed until 2020.

Isn't the classic Coca-cola already caffeinated?

Yes, the classic Coca-Cola that we've grown to know and love is indeed caffeinated. The classic Coca-cola contains 24mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz (250ml). 

So what is the big difference?

Well, classic Coca-cola is more of a refreshing soda beverage than it is an energy drink. Sure, it does contain caffeine, but it's much less than a regular energy drink. 

Coca-Cola energy can in water
Cola-Cola energy in all its glory.

Why is Coca-Cola introducing its own Energy drink?

The energy drink category has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As a company that's always looking for ways to dominate the market, it's not surprising that Coca-Cola wants a piece of the action. 

According to Javier Meza, the global chief marketing officer at The Coca-Cola Company, their sole reason for launching Coca-Cola Energy is to cater to the wants and needs of their consumers.

As quoted directly from him:

"Coca-Cola Energy was developed by listening to what people told us they want from a Coca-Cola Energy drink. It has a great Coca-Cola taste that people know and love, along with caffeine from naturally-derived sources. Coca-Cola Energy gives the people an option to have an energy drink that fits their specific lifestyles and preferences".

Dispute with Monster Energy

For Coca-Cola fans all around the world, the time has finally come for us. It's about time for Coca-Cola to release their own energy drink.

However, many people would be unaware that Coca-Cola has already been releasing energy drinks over the past few years, but under a different brand name.

Coca-cola owns nearly 17% of Monster Beverage Corp, the company behind the energy drink "Monster". Recent news has stated that Coca-Cola is now facing a dispute with Monster Energy over Coke's decision to launch its own energy drink. Monster Beverage Corp claims that Coca-Cola is violating a deal that was made by both companies which prevent Coca-Cola from distributing any other energy drinks. 

The move apparently doesn't bode well for Coca-Cola's partnership with Monster. However, at the present moment, they're both still waiting to resolve the disagreement.

Ingredients in Coca-Cola Energy drink 

Each can of Coca-Cola Energy contains:

  • 105 Calories
  • 80mg of caffeine (putting it at the lower end of the scale in terms of the strongest energy drinks)
  • 0g Fat
  • 0g Saturated Fatty Acids
  • 26g Carbohydrates
  • 26g Sugar
  • 0g Protein
  • 10mg Salt
  • 4mg Niacin 
  • 0.38mg  B-vitamins

It also contains a small amount of:

  • Guarana extract
  • Citric Acid
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Natural Aroma
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Carbonated water

Coca-Cola Energy drink flavors

Right now Coca-Cola energy comes only in one Cola flavor, but two different versions:

  • Coca-Cola Energy Original
  • Coca-Cola Energy Sugar-free
Coca-Cola energy sugar-free and original
The Sugar-free version has a black lining on the top of the can, otherwise there's not much else visually different between the two. 

Coca-Cola Energy drink caffeine content 

Coca-Cola Energy contains 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz can (250ml), which is the same as the caffeine content of Red Bull. 

For those of you that don't know, the recommended daily limit for caffeine is 400mg for an average adult. This is guidance directly from the FDA. Consuming more caffeine than that might place you at risk of various health risks.

The caffeine content in Coca-Cola Energy is way below the maximum daily recommended limit of caffeine, which is good - you can drink more than a can to quench your thirst or just for the jolt of energy without having to worry about a potential caffeine overdose

Although it's way below the recommended limit, I would still recommend you to drink it in moderation. A single can contains a whole lot of sugar (26g) to go along with the 80mg of caffeine.

If you're thinking about your health long term, drink it in moderation. 

Is Coca-Cola energy good for you?

I don't think it's particularly good for you, but it isn't all that bad either. 

Personally, after trying it out myself I think it's great if you're looking for something refreshing to quench your thirst and give you the energy boost you need. 

But in regard to your health, that's another story.

If consumed in moderation, I don't see how it can be bad for you. However, if you drink tons of it in one go or in a day, you might expect to get some potential issues at some point. 

As with most energy drinks, in my opinion, the most "dangerous" ingredients in this beverage are caffeine and sugar. Be sensible regarding how much of it you drink and you should be fine. 

If in doubt, talk to your doctor.

Coca-cola energy sugar content
"Cukrok" is Hungarian for sugar, and as you can see, a can of Coca-Cola energy contains 26g of sugar.

For your information, the maximum recommended daily dose of sugar for men is only 38g per day and for women it's just 25g. That's all according to the American Heart Association

Sure, a single can won't put you over the recommended daily limit for sugar if you're a man. But if you drink two in a day it doesn't matter what gender you are, you're well over what's recommended

Over time, this can pose some serious threats to your health and could even be the cause of you developing type 2 diabetes.

I'm certainly not singling out Coca-Cola energy drink here. All sugar is bad for you and you should consume it in moderation from any source - energy drinks or otherwise.

What are the side effects of Coca-Cola energy drink?

Just like any other energy drinks, Coca-Cola energy comes with some possible side effects. Of course, the severity of the side effects depends on your physiological makeup. If you're allergic to, or have a low tolerance to some of the ingredients you might experience much more severe side effects.

Some of the most common potential side effects from energy drinks are:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Obesity
  • Insomnia
  • Sugar crashes
  • Restlessness

Possible dangerous side effects:

  • Poor dental health
  • Diabetes

Any energy drink has the potential to cause harm if it is consumed in excess. Coca-Cola energy drink is unlikely to cause you any side effects unless you have a pre-existing health condition or you consume it in excess.

Does Coca-Cola Energy Work?

Considering that Coca-Cola energy doesn't contain a single ounce of Taurine, you might come to a conclusion that it might not be as potent as some other energy drinks. 

Despite not containing Taurine, which helps to improve mental and physical performance, Coca-Cola energy still contains caffeine. At 80mg of caffeine, it's the same strength as Red Bull, and that's more than enough to give you a nice energy boost.

However, the boost that you get from an energy drink isn't only dependent on the caffeine. I already mentioned taurine (which Coca-Cola energy doesn't have), but it does have plenty of B vitamins and guarana, which add to the boost. 

But, I don't want you to think that the guarana in Coca-Cola energy does anything particularly special. Guarana is just a source of caffeine, and including the caffeine derived from guarana, Coca-Cola energy contains 80mg of caffeine per can. 

The effects that you feel from drinking a can of Coca-Cola energy drink depend on your unique physiological makeup and tolerance to caffeine. 

If you have a high caffeine tolerance or regularly drink highly caffeinated energy drinks like Bang, Coca-Cola energy might not give you much of an energy kick.

Coca-Cola Energy drink price and where to buy

I managed to get my hands on some Coca-Cola Energy through a friend of a friend, direct from Budapest, Hungary.

The price was 375 Hungarian Forints (about $1.30). I presume that if they decide to eventually launch this energy drink in the US that the price won't be $1.30. My guess is that it will be priced in line with Red Bull. 

It seems that Coca-Cola are going to test the appetite for their new beverage in a couple of smallish European markets. 

According to the person who bought the samples for me, it's not widely available in Hungary. Apparently, he needed to shop around a little bit before finding it in a small store. 

If you want to get your hands on Coca-Cola energy, at the moment, it's only available in Spain and Hungary.

How many Coca-Cola Energy cans can I drink in a day?

In my opinion, drinking one to two cans a day is okay.

At the moment, there isn't much guidance on how many cans of Coca-Cola Energy can you safely drink in a day. However, from the caffeine point of view, you would need to drink 5 cans to get to the 400mg mark, which is the recommended maximum daily intake of caffeine.

Another thing that you should be aware of is that if you did drink 5 cans, you would've consumed 5 times the amount of sugar that you ready should be having in a day. Certainly not advisable.

Consuming too much caffeine and sugar can have some devastating effects on your health. Caffeine in large quantities can cause side effects such as insomnia, irritability, restlessness and caffeine addiction. 

Sugar, on the other hand, can cause obesity and increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

With all that in mind, you should be perfectly fine if you drink no more than 2 cans of Coca-Cola energy drink per day, unless you have a pre-existing health condition. 

Coca-Cola Energy Drink vs regular Coca-Cola

Caffeine

Regular Coke has 34mg of caffeine per 12 fl.oz can and Coca-Cola energy drink has 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz can.

Despite being about 30% smaller in size than a regular can of Coke, the energy drink version contains almost 3 times as much caffeine. 

Per fluid ounce, regular Coca-Cola contains 2.83mg of caffeine per ounce, whereas Coca-Cola energy drink contains 9.52mg per fluid ounce. When compared "per fluid ounce", Coca-Cola energy drink contains 3.36 times as much caffeine as regular Coca-Cola.

Sugar

Regular Coca-Cola contains 39g of sugar per 12 ounce can, whereas Coca-Cola energy drink contains 26g of sugar per 8.4 fl.oz. 

When compared "per fluid ounce", they contain a very similar amount of sugar.

Price

If you buy regular Coca-Cola in bulk on Amazon, you can get the price per can down below $1 per drink. Coca-Cola energy drink on the hand sells for about $1.30 (375 Hungarian Forints), but the price that it might eventually sell for in the US is yet to be seen. 

If I was a betting man I would guess that the energy drink version will eventually be priced at around $2 per can to directly compete with Red Bull. 

Coca-Cola Energy vs Red Bull

Caffeine

Coca-Cola Energy contains 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz which is the same as Red Bull.

Coca-Cola energy contains exactly the same amount of caffeine as Red Bull. However, it doesn't give you as much of a kick as Red Bull in my opinion. I think it might be because Coca-Cola energy doesn't have any taurine in it, but that's just a guess. Perhaps it will affect you in a different way to the way it affected me.

Sugar

Coca-Cola Energy contains 26g of Sugar per 8.4 fl.oz, while Red Bull contains 27g of sugar per 8.4 fl.oz.

Coca-Cola Energy contains almost the same amount of sugar that Red Bull does. Coca-Cola Energy is almost identical to Red Bull in terms of caffeine and sugar content.

It seems like Coca-Cola is trying to compete with Red Bull by introducing a very similar product. The main difference between those two is that Coca-Cola energy doesn't contain taurine, and of course their respective tastes.

Coca Cola energy drink is very similar to Red Bull in terms of their ingredients.
Coca-Cola energy drink is exactly the same as Red Bull in terms of caffeine content and is almost identical in terms of sugar content.

Price

Coca-Cola Energy costs about $1.30 (in Hungary) whereas, a can of Red Bull costs about $2.

Price wise, Coca-Cola Energy is considerably cheaper than Red Bull. It remains to be seen if this is just introductory pricing to test the market and what the price will be when and if Coca-Cola energy drink ever makes its way to US stores.

Coca-Cola Energy vs Bang

Caffeine

Coca-Cola Energy drink contains 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz, and Bang has nearly four times that with 300mg of caffeine per 16 fl.oz can.

Looking at the caffeine content, it seems like Bang is much more potent and a lot more effective than Coca-Cola energy, but that depends on your tolerance level for caffeine too.

Also, a can of Bang is around twice the size of a can of Coca-Cola energy, so Bang actually contains roughly twice the amount of caffeine per fluid ounce.

For me, I find Bang to be too high in caffeine, but that's just my personal take on it. I think Bang walks the line between pre-workout and energy drink, whereas Coca-Cola energy drink is unquestionably an energy drink. 

Sugar

Coca-Cola Energy contains 26g of sugar per 8.4 fl.oz, but Bang energy drink has 0g of sugar.

At first glance, you might think that Bang energy drink is much healthier than Coca-Cola Energy since it doesn't contain sugar.

However, although Bang doesn't have any sugar, it still contains a lot of artificial sweeteners. Coca-Cola Energy, on the other hand, uses simple sugars such as glucose to give it a sweet taste.

Bang has more caffeine than Coca Cola energy drink
Bang energy drink has around double the caffeine per fluid ounce that Coca-Cola energy has.

Price

For Coca-Cola Energy, it's currently $1.30 per can (in Hungary), whereas Bang energy costs around $2.17 per can.

It might seem that Coca-Cola Energy is much cheaper, but Bang Energy might actually be better value for money.

Bang Energy contains 4 times the amount of caffeine than that of Coca-Cola Energy and is also double in size. Make up your own mind about which of these drinks is better suited to you, but for me, I would choose Coca-Cola energy because I think Bang has an absurd amount of caffeine in it. 

To learn more about whether Bang energy drink is good for you, check out my other article.

Coca-Cola Energy vs Monster

Caffeine 

Coca-Cola Energy drink contains 80mg of caffeine per 8.4 fl.oz, while Monster contains 160mg of caffeine per 16 fl.oz.

Monster is definitely stronger than Coca-Cola energy in terms of the absolute volume of caffeine, but it's also double the size. On a "per fluid ounce" comparison, the two energy drinks are almost identical in caffeine strength.

Sugar 

Coca-Cola Energy drink contains 26g of sugar per 8.4 fl.oz can, but Monster Energy drink contains 54g of sugar.

Both Coca-Cola Energy and Monster contain too much sugar for my liking.

Monster Energy contains about twice the amount of sugar that Coca-Cola energy does, but it's also twice the size. 

If you're interested to know whether Monster Energy is good for you, you might like to take a look at this other article.

Coca Cola energy and Monster have similar caffeine and sugar quantities per fluid ounce
Coca Cola energy and Monster have about the same caffeine and sugar content per fluid ounce, but a can of Monster is about double the size of a can of Coca-Cola energy drink.

Price

Coca-Cola Energy is about $1.30 per can, whereas Monster energy costs around $3.20 per can.

Despite Monster being double the size of Coca-Cola energy, and double the caffeine content, Coca-Cola energy still provides you with better value for money.

Do the math, Monster energy contains 160mg of caffeine and costs you about $3.20. Coca-Cola Energy, on the other hand, contains 80mg of caffeine and costs you about $1.30. Even if you get two cans of Coca-Cola Energy, it's only to cost you $2.60 which is still cheaper than a can of Monster Energy.

My personal take of Coca-Cola Energy

Visuals

The design of the Coca-Cola Energy gives off a somewhat modern vibe and it's aesthetically pleasing. Personally, I absolutely love the graphic design of the can.

Size wise, it's the same shape as any other 8.4 fl.oz can of energy drink - it's tall, slim and sleek. 

My main criticism is that the regular and sugar-free versions look almost identical. In fact, when I first saw the cans I wasn't even sure if any of them were different or if they were all the same. The only thing that distinguishes the sugar-free version from the original is a thin black line around the top of the can. 

Coca-Cola energy drink has a small amount of English writing on the can, but most of the labelling is written in Hungarian and Spanish (since these are the two launch countries). 

Coca-cola energy can in water
The whole graphic design of the can has a modern, aesthetically pleasing vibe to it.

Taste

After trying Coca-Cola Energy myself, I can say it tastes like a slightly toned down, but less fizzy version of the classic Coca-Cola. 

The Cola taste is much more noticeable in Coca-Cola Energy than the classic counterpart. I think that's mainly because it's less fizzy than classic Coke, which makes the flavors more noticeable. 

Price

I paid 375 Hungarian Forints per can (in Hungary), which is about $1.30.

Personally, I don't find this even a tad bit expensive, as most energy drinks in the US cost somewhere between $2 and $3 per can.

To be honest, as an energy drink, Coca-Cola Energy is quite affordable and can be compared to the likes of REIZE which only costs about $1 per drink.

The main difference in price between REIZE and Coca-Cola energy is that REIZE is about $1 per drink including shipping to your door, whereas Coca-Cola energy is slightly more expensive, but you have to go to the store to get it. 

Effects

Just like most energy drinks, Coca-Cola energy drink does give you a nice energy boost. However, it's much more subtle compared to most energy drinks, despite having 80mg of caffeine in a can. 

After drinking it, I did notice a slight energy boost - it's nothing like what you'll get from Bang or Monster. Still, it's enough to keep you awake. 

The effects lasted for about 2-3 hours, which was good enough to keep me focused to get my work done. However, after that, I started to feel more fatigued and found it hard to maintain my focus.

My best guess is that this is a side effect of the high sugar content in regular Coca-Cola energy. To avoid the sugar crash, you can try the sugar-free version instead.

Afterthoughts

If you were to ask me if Coca-Cola energy is any better than most of the energy drinks that we already know about, I would say no. 

For me, I think it does make a great refreshing caffeinated cola type drink, but that's about it. I found the energy boost to be a little less than I get from other options and I still can't adjust my mind to accept that something that tastes like cola is actually an energy drink. 

**Did you know that Red Bull also launched their own cola drink? Seems like the two beverage giants are increasingly encroaching on each other's turf!

If you're looking for a casual or refreshing drink to quench your thirst, or to slightly boost you up it does pretty much just that.

However, if you're looking for a pre-workout drink to pump you up before you're workouts, personally I don't think it's cut out for that. 

I don't think the energy boost that you get from it is enough to carry you through a workout. Plus the sugar crash that you'll experience afterward will only make you more miserable and fatigued post workout. 

But hey, if you're ever able to get your hands on it, try it yourself and make your own judgments about it.

Alternatives to Coca-Cola Energy Drink

There are lots of great energy drinks out there in the market. But first, if you're looking for a cola alternative from a brand that you already know, check out:

Red Bull Cola  

A single Red Bull Cola can
Red Bull Cola - their answer to Coca-Cola?

However, if you're looking for other ready-to-go liquid based energy drinks that give you a little more energy, have a look at:

Monster

Red Bull

• Rockstar

Celsius

XS Energy Drink

Monster Import 

Monster Khaos

Monster Assault

Rip It

Bing Energy Drink

Bang Energy (no relation to Bing!)

Guru

If you're interested in trying something different, you can also try Mio Water drops which are droplets that you add to water to get your daily dose of caffeine and flavor your water.

Powder energy drinks are also a great option...

They are much more versatile than most energy drinks, you just add them to any drink of your choice and voila! Instant energy.

Powdered energy drinks usually come with a much lower price tag than most of the popular energy drink brands

Zipfizz

Advocare Spark

GFuel

• REIZE (my personal favorite)

 REIZE Energy Drink

Unlike your traditional ready-to-drink energy drinks, REIZE comes in powdered form - all you have to do is add water, soda or almost any of your favorite beverages.

It's much more versatile than most other energy drinks on the market.

REIZE Energy Drink is very convenient.
REIZE is home delivered for your convenience and gives a perfect energy boost.

With 50mg of caffeine, REIZE doesn't have as much caffeine as Coca-Cola Energy. However, when it comes to the energy boost, REIZE doesn't compromise, as it contains many other ingredients such as Taurine, Ginseng and B vitamins all which work great with caffeine to give you the energy boost that you need.

The Best part?

It's sugar-free and a much healthier alternative to most energy drinks out there. That means no sugar crash.

REIZE ships right to your door for around $1 per drink, much more affordable than most energy drinks on the market, including Coca-Cola energy.

Choose monthly deliveries or a one-time purchase to suit your energy needs.

Try REIZE today and you might just find that, like me, you prefer REIZE to Coca-Cola Energy.

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Best energy drinks for gaming (and when to drink them)

Florian olivo gaming on e sport tournament best energy drink for gaming

From DOTA2, to Counter-Strike to PUBG and beyond, what is the best energy drink to get the most out of your gaming sessions?

As we all know, gaming for many hours can take a toll on your body and your mind. Getting a slight edge over your competitors can make a big difference, especially over a larger sample size.

I don't know about you, but I'm in this for the long haul, and I'm in it to win. From PC setups to team synergy, I always want to make sure that I have the best chance of winning. 

Sometimes we need to find a little extra energy to help with our focus and stamina.

It all comes down to performance, and energy drinks might just be able to help you be your best. There are lots of potential benefits of drinking energy drinks, and a few potential negative side effects too. So, it's important to drink them in moderation and when tactically required for best results.

In this article, I'll talk about the importance of energy drinks for gamers and list a bunch of great options to fuel your gaming sessions. 

Ultimately, the answer to the question of what is the best energy drink for gaming is the one that works best for you.

Only you can know the answer to that question.

Some of the best energy drinks for gaming
There are tons of great energy drinks available to fuel your gaming.


When is the best time to drink energy drinks?

It's best to drink an energy drink 30–60 mins before your gaming sessions if you want to feel the maximum effects for best results.

Generally speaking, depending on your physiological makeup, the effects can last for about 5-6 hours, but it depends on what energy drink you have and how much sugar and other ingredients that they contain.

Although there may be effects for up to 6 hours, usually it's only noticeable for around 3-4. In some cases (usually when the energy drink contains sugar) you may get an energy boost for an hour or two, but that will often be followed by a sugar crash that will have you feeling less energized than before you started.

Energy drinks and gaming - What matters?

There's a couple of things to look at in an energy drink to determine the best option for your gaming needs. A key criteria every gamer should look at is the caffeine levels in an energy drink.

In my opinion, anywhere between 50-100mg of caffeine per serve is perfect for gaming. More than 100mg of caffeine is too much because I find that I'm unable to concentrate properly. Sure, I am wide awake, but sometimes a lesser amount of caffeine, combined with some other energy-boosting ingredients can be more appropriate for tasks involving your brain.

I'm not looking for one of the strongest energy drinks in the world before a gaming session - I want something that is going to give me an edge over my competition.

The second most important criteria every gamer should consider in an energy drink is its sugar content. Energy drinks with lower sugar levels are generally better for long hours of gaming than those with more sugar.

In fact, sugary energy drinks might be the downfall of your gaming session. Sure, you might be on-point for an hour or two, but what if you plan to be gaming for several hours? If you need to continue gaming once you hit the sugar crash you're going to suffer sub-optimal results.

The third important criteria is the taste of the energy drink itself. Just a friendly reminder, when it comes to the topic of taste in this article, what I consider to be tasty might not be tasty to you, and vice-versa. Taste is very subjective and it's impossible to keep everyone happy.

With that out of the way, introducing...

The best energy drink for gaming (in no particular order)

  1. GAMMA LABS G-Fuel (FaZeberry Tub)

    Caffeine content: 150mg
    Price: $36 per tub (40 servings)
    Sugar levels: Sugar-free
    Affordability: Very affordable
    Taste: like raspberry ice but a little better

    Gfuel is the self-proclaimed "official energy drink of E-sports". 

    With 150mg of caffeine content, Gfuel certainly delivers a powerful energy boost. In fact, it may be too much for some people to be able to focus and perform at the best.

    Price wise it's good, priced at around $36 for 40 servings. At about $1 for a drink, Gfuel is very cheap compared to most other energy drinks out there.

    G-fuel energy drinks come in a variety of flavors such as Fruit Punch, Green Apple, Peach Ice Tea, Black on blackberry and their best-selling flavor - the FaZeberry tub.

    They taste pretty good, smooth and sweet and easy to drink.

    The best part of it? It's sugar-free which means that you won't have to bear the inevitable consequences of sugar crash that you'll mostly get from drinking many energy drinks due to their high sugar content.

    Despite the higher than optimal caffeine content, Gfuel is a good option to fuel your gaming. 

  2. Sneak Energy Drink (Blue Raspberry Birthday Edition)

    Caffeine content: 150mg
    Price: $1.20 per serving (one tub 40 servings)
    Sugar levels: Sugar-free
    Affordability: Affordable
    Taste: Sweet fruity blue raspberry

    Sneak Energy Drink is a supplement style energy drink that claims to boost your energy, enhance your reaction times and focus so that you can stay at an optimal level while you game.

    Like Gfuel, a single serving contains 150mg of caffeine which is sure to keep you alert and awake throughout your gaming sessions.

    Price wise, it costs about $48 per tub of 40 servings which amounts to $1.20 per serve.

    Taste wise it’s pretty good. Sneak Energy Drink comes in a few flavors such as Blue Raspberry Birthday Edition, Cherry Bomb, Stealth, Tropikilla, and Strawberry Watermelon. 

    Being sugar-free is a plus and means that you won't have to worry about getting a sugar crash halfway through your gaming session.

    Overall, this is definitely a nice change from the traditional energy drinks that people usually consume for their energy needs and might be worth trying. But again, it has too much caffeine for my liking.

  3. Controlled Labs Gamer Up Powder (Bubblegum) 

    Caffeine content: 125mg
    Price: $2 per serving (one tub 30 servings) 
    Sugar levels: Sugar-free
    Affordability: Less affordable
    Taste: Like Bubblegum, sweet but not overpowering, slightly chalky texture 

    As the name suggests, Gamer Up powder is a gamers drink focused on providing improved mental focus and performance.

    It's one of the few products to include Lion’s Mane which is a type of mushroom extract that is connected with focus. However, I'm not sure if the amount included in the ingredients is sufficient to meet the minimum recommended dose to get the advertised benefits from it.

    A single serving contains 125mg of caffeine, and many people report a somewhat jittery energy boost to get through your gaming session. But I like the fact that it contains less caffeine than the other two mentioned above.

    It costs around $58 for a tub of 30 servings, which is about $2 per serving, making it more expensive than many other options.

    At the moment, Gamer Up only comes in 2 flavors - Bubblegum and Fruit Punch. Taste-wise, it wasn't too bad, but definitely far from good in my opinion.

    It's also sugar-free, meaning that you won't get a sugar crash from consuming it, ensuring that you'll be able to play through your gaming session for long periods without getting drowsy.

    Overall, Gamer Up is a good option for your gaming needs, however, due to the price, it's definitely not my first pick for extra energy.

  4. Mountain Dew AMP Game Fuel (Berry Blast)

    Caffeine content: 91 mg
    Price: $2 per can
    Sugar levels: 30g
    Affordability: Less affordable 
    Taste: Blue raspberry 

    Previously known as AMP energy drink, this is no doubt one of the most popular go-to energy drinks for gamers.

    One serving of Game Fuel contains 91mg of caffeine which is considered enough to give you the boost you need without overdoing it.

    At about $2 per can, it definitely is not the most affordable energy drink for gaming out there, but it's also not the most expensive either.

    I'm also wary that it contains 30g of sugar per serving, which is bad for your health, but more importantly for gaming - may cause nasty sugar crashes a couple of hours after drinking it.

    At the moment Mountain Dew Amp comes in a wide variety of flavors such as charged original dew, charged cherry burst, charged berry blast, and charged tropical strike. The best-tasting flavor would be the charged berry blast in my opinion - it tastes something like blue raspberry.

    Overall, Game Fuel tastes great and gives you a good energy boost. However, the price tag and added sugar keep me from recommending it too highly for long gaming sessions.

  5. Red Bull Energy Drink

    Red Bull ranked 6th best gaming energy drink

    Caffeine content: 80mg
    Price: $2 per can
    Sugar levels: 27g
    Affordability: Less affordable 
    Taste: Like pop soda

    Who doesn't know what Red Bull is? The drink that "gives you wings".

    Red Bull is the most popular energy drink in the world as measured by market share. Millions of gamers in every corner of the globe turn to a trusty can of Red Bull to fuel their gaming sessions every day.

    With 80mg of caffeine in a can, Red Bull gives you a nice energy boost, without overdoing it on the caffeine.

    A can of Red Bull costs about $2 which is not as affordable as some of the energy drinks on this list (REIZE and G-Fuel being the cheapest).

    It also contains 27g of sugar per can, which depending on your physiological makeup, can cause a sugar crash a few hours after drinking it (hopefully it's not right in the middle of a gaming session).

    The most famous Red Bull flavor is original. Red Bull is easy to find almost anywhere on the planet and tastes a bit like pop soda. At the moment Red Bull comes in a number of flavors such as Red Bull Cola, Original, Yellow edition, Orange edition, Blue edition, Green edition, and Grapefruit twist summer edition. 

    Overall, the taste is pretty distinct and it works for me. The only slight negatives keeping it from a perfect score in my book are the price tag and the added sugar.

    * Fun fact - did you know that Red Bull was previously banned in several European countries?

  6. Rockstar

    Caffeine content: 160mg
    Price: $2 per can
    Sugar levels: 31g 
    Affordability: Not so affordable
    Taste: Like super sweet generic cream soda

    The dark horse of energy drinks, famous for their tagline "Party like a rockstar".

    A single can of this party goer energy drink contains 160mg of caffeine which is very high considering that the recommended daily maximum intake for caffeine is 400mg (2 cans of this and you're near to it).

    However, it sure does give you a strong energy boost to get through your gaming marathons.

    Rockstar Energy Drink also contains 31g of sugar which is somewhat high and can cause a sugar crash a few hours after consuming it, so it may not be the best option for a long gaming session.

    Price wise, at around $2 per can it also isn't the most affordable energy drink out there for gamers.

    It generally tastes smooth and sweet but not fruity and doesn't have any bitter or bad aftertaste. 

    At the moment Rockstar Energy Drink has a number of flavors such as Rockstar original, Recovery Grape, Sparkling Peach, Supersours Sour Apple, Rockstar Energy Cola, and Rockstar Juiced. 

    Overall, it tastes pretty good and its definitely a great energy drink for a short gaming session. However, the price and potential for a sugar crash keep me from recommending it for longer gaming sessions.

  7. Monster Energy Drink 

    Monster energy ranked 8th best gaming energy drink
    Caffeine content: 160mg
    Price: $2 per can
    Sugar levels: 54g
    Affordability: Not so affordable
    Taste: Like a slightly syrupy fizzy soda

    Monster Energy, the brand known for its epically cool logo - the vibrant green M that looks like a claw mark. It is exceptionally popular amongst youngsters who are looking to get an energy boost to get on with their activities - and gaming sessions.

    A single can contains 160mg of caffeine which is pretty high and gives you more than enough energy. I've already mentioned above that I prefer less caffeine for better mental performance.

    At roughly $3 per can, it's not so affordable for most gamers as a daily go-to energy fix.

    It also contains 54 grams of sugar, which is very high and is sure to give you a sugar crash afterward. If you're thinking of consuming a second can when you're in the midst of a sugar crash, that's probably not the solution to the problem.

    Drinking two cans will put you close to the daily maximum dosage for caffeine and can be potentially harmful to your health due to consuming well over 100 grams of sugar.

    Taste-wise, it's pretty good, but there are a lot of different opinions online

    At the moment Monster energy comes with a variety of flavors such as Monster original, Monster Assault, Monster Rehab, Monster Khaos, Monster Import, Monster Ultra, Monster Juice, and Monster Punch. 

    To see an in-depth comparison between Red Bull and Monster, check this out.

    Overall, it definitely does provide you a huge energy boost but due to its high sugar and caffeine content, but it's not my preferred energy drink for longer gaming sessions.

    The price, massive sugar content and high caffeine content mean that Monster isn't my daily gaming partner.

    In fact, I created an entire article about whether or not Monster energy drink is bad for you which you might find interesting if you're considering making Monster your gaming partner.

  8. REIZE

    Best gaming energy drink

    Caffeine content: 50 mg
    Price: Around $1 per drink (including shipping)  
    Sugar levels: Sugar-Free
    Affordability: Very affordable
    Taste: Fruity fizzy cola 

    The new kid on the block for gaming energy drinks, REIZE has attracted plenty of interest (and high praise) from early adopters.

    REIZE is a powder energy drink (Similar to Gfuel) that ships right to your door for around $1 per drink. Talk about convenience.

    A serving of REIZE energy drink contains 50mg of caffeine. Although REIZE contains less caffeine than others on this list, I think the combination of B vitamins, ginseng and taurine together with the caffeine combine to give you a great energy boost to get through your daily gaming sessions.

    At about $1 per drink, REIZE is very affordable compared to most other energy drinks.

    It's also sugar-free so you won't have to worry about facing the backlash of a nasty sugar crash after drinking it.

    REIZE tastes unique, but some people have described it as a bit like a nice, fruity, fizzy cola. 

    At the moment REIZE only comes in one flavor, which is the original flavor. If online reviews are anything to go by, it seems that most people agree that it tastes great.

    Overall, REIZE definitely provides a great energy boost for your gaming needs. The combination of vitamins, taurine, ginseng and caffeine give me the "optimal boost", allowing me to focus for hours on end without being too wired, and without a sugar crash. 

    REIZE also gives you the option to get monthly deliveries (set and forget), or to grab some when you need it which is really neat.

    REIZE is definitely a whole lot cheaper than most other top energy drinks on the market, has an ideal amount of caffeine and is sugar-free.

    For these reasons, REIZE is the best energy drink for gaming in my opinion.

    Give REIZE a try today and you might just find that you prefer REIZE to power your gaming sessions.

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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 Assault Energy Drink Caffeine and Ingredients

What is Monster Assault Energy Drink? 

Monster Assault Energy Drink is essentially a subsidiary of the Monster Energy drink, but with a message hidden amongst the camo. The drink says that it is neither pro or anti-war, but it is supposed to 'fire you up' to fight off the huge multinational companies. 

Monster Assault Energy comes in the fruit punch flavor, and besides that and the camo pattern, I can't really see what makes it that different from a regular Monster energy drink. 

Monster Assault Energy contains 200 calories, 160mg caffeine, and the usual blend of things that you find in a typical Monster energy drink, which I've highlighted in the ingredients list below. 

Where is Monster Assault made? 

Monster Assault Energy is made by the Monster Beverage Corporation, which is located in the United States. 

Besides the Monster Assault Energy, there are 34 other drinks in the Monster drinks line, which include other drinks like Monster Lo-Carb, Monster Absolutely Zero, Monster Import, Monster Bio Activated, and Monster Energy Gronk. 

Two Monster Assault energy cans
Monster Assault seems to be sending out a very strange and contradictory message...

Monster Assault energy drink ingredients 

Each 16 fl.oz can contains these ingredients: 

  • 200 calories 
  • 160mg caffeine 
  • 0g fat 
  • 370mg sodium 
  • 50g total carbohydrates 
  • 50g sugars 
  • 0g protein 
  • 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 
  • 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. 

Monster Assault caffeine content

The amount of caffeine in Monster Assault Energy is definitely pretty high, at 160mg. Considering that your daily caffeine consumption should not go over 400mg of caffeine, this puts you at about half of your daily limit.

Monster is definitely one of the drinks with a much higher caffeine content than other options.

Be careful not to consume more than one of these drinks per day, and also watch out if you're consuming other caffeinated products alongside this. 

The bottom of the can reminds you to consume this responsibly- women who are pregnant and nursing, children under the age of 18, and people who are sensitive to caffeine should not consume too much of this drink. 

You probably shouldn't consume this drink on a daily basis either, because with the high amount of caffeine and sugar, it's not very beneficial for your health. 

Some possible side-effects of a caffeine overdose are: 

  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Dehydration 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headaches 
Single Monster Assault can in water
Monster Assault is pretty much your standard energy drink, and it's very similar to regular Monster, with the exception that it has just slightly less caffeine and sugar in it.

Monster Assault Price 

An 8 pack of 16 fl.oz Monster Assault Energy costs $24.99. This means that a single can costs $3.12- not too bad for a 16 fl.oz energy drink, it's not as expensive as some of the 'organic' energy drinks out there, but it's not that cheap either. 

This does make it quite an affordable energy boost for those looking for something that has a good taste and also isn't too expensive. 

However, if you're looking for something with a great taste, and also a great price, try out REIZE Energy Drink, a powdered energy drink that does not compromise on taste and ingredients, but delivers a great energy boost at a very affordable price - get it shipped directly to your door for around $1 a drink. 

Where to buy Monster Assault energy drink

You can easily buy Monster Assault Energy online on Amazon, or on Energy Drink Outlet. However, be warned- some of the packs on Amazon have around 24 drinks, so make sure you're really committed to drinking it before getting such a huge pack. 

Buying from the Energy Drink Outlet gives you a bit more freedom to pick and choose what you want - you can make a mix and match 8 pack, buy a pack of 16, or just buy a single can! Of course, just buying a single can isn't really that worth it, but hey, it's nice to have the option to do so. 

You can also get Monster Assault Energy from your typical gas station or store, such as in places like Target, Walmart, Costco, and most places that you can find your regular Monster Energy drink. 

Monster Assault vs Regular Monster  

Caffeine 

One 16 fl.oz can of Monster Assault contains 160mg of caffeine, Monster is similar, with 179mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz. 

Although they're the same size, regular Monster has a little more caffeine than Monster Assault does, which is surprising, since the word 'Assault' is a lot more aggressive than the actual drink seems to be. 

Both drinks will put you near the recommended daily caffeine limit if you drink more than one in a day. 

Sugar 

There is 50g of sugar in a 16 fl.oz can of Monster Assault, and regular Monster has slightly more, at 52g of sugar / 16 fl.oz

The difference here is again, negligible, but both also use artificial sweeteners in their drinks, which, when combined with the natural sugar added, really packs a serious punch of sugar. 

Not recommended for those who are sugar-conscious or on a diet! 

Price

A single can of Monster Assault costs $3.12, 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. 

Again, both cost around the same amount of money, but it seems that Monster costs just a tiny bit more - possibly because of the slightly increased amounts of caffeine and sugar. 

4 Monster Assault cans against bars
Is Monster Assault Energy Drink worth it? I (and some other reviewers) don't really think so.

Monster Assault vs. Red Bull 

Caffeine 

One 16 fl.oz can of Monster Assault contains 160mg of caffeine, while Red Bull only has 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz.

Red Bull has half the amount of sugar that Monster does, but it does come in a smaller can. Two cans of Red Bull would be equivalent to a single Monster Assault's caffeine content. 

Sugar 

There is 50g of sugar in a 16 fl.oz can of Monster Assault, and Red Bull contains 27g of sugar / 8.4 fl.oz, around half of that of Monster Assault. 

As with caffeine content, Red Bull seems to be exactly half of the sugar content in Monster Assault, but of course, a can of Red bull is roughly half the size as a can of Monster Assault. 

Price

A single can of Monster Assault costs $3.12, while Red Bull only costs around $1.99 per can.

Red Bull is a lot cheaper than Monster Assault, but it's also a smaller can- you're paying mostly for the brand name and reputation at this point, as you are for Monster. 

Monster Assault vs. Bang 

Caffeine 

One 16 fl.oz can of Monster Assault contains 160mg of caffeine, and Bang has nearly double that at 300mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz. 

Bang has really a shocking amount of caffeine, but it does not have as much sugar as Monster Assault does. 

Bang seems a lot more potent than Monster Assault on these terms, and both are the same size - 16 fl.oz. 

Sugar 

There is 50g of sugar in a 16 fl.oz can of Monster Assault, Bang energy drink has 0g sugar. 

But Bang also uses sweeteners- as does Monster Assault. Both use the sweetener sucralose, which has been known to reduce good gut bacteria, which creates health problems in the long run. 

Monster's combination of natural sugar and also artificial sugar is frankly, quite frightening, so consume in moderation. 

Price

A single can of Monster Assault costs $3.12, while Bang costs much less, at $2.17 per can. 

Considering that Bang seems to have so much more caffeine, it should be more effective right? Not quite. 

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. 

It really depends on how much caffeine and sugar you are comfortable consuming.

Single Monster Assault energy drink
Monster Assault comes in the flavor fruit punch, and the standard Monster drink size- 16 fl.oz.

Monster Assault vs. REIZE 

Caffeine 

One 16 fl.oz can of Monster Assault contains 160mg of caffeine, while REIZE only has 50mg of caffeine. 

REIZE does not have as much caffeine as Monster Assault does, but it does contain 1000mg of taurine, a substance that has been proven to provide good, clean energy. 

In contrast, Monster Assault uses caffeine and sugar, both of which cause negative health issues if consumed in excess. 

Sugar 

There is 50g of sugar in a 16 fl.oz can of Monster Assault, 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 products. 

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

Price

A single can of Monster Assault costs $3.12, while REIZE is a lot cheaper, at only around $1 per sachet (including shipping), which can make an 8 fl.oz drink. 

If you're looking for efficiency that comes at a good price, then REIZE is the drink for you, as opposed to the massively over-sweetened Monster Assault. 

In addition to that, REIZE is fully customizable- just add the water, juice or sparkling water of your choice in order to enjoy a lovely and energizing beverage. 

Monster Assault energy drink review 

* all opinions expressed in this review are solely mine* 

Visuals 

Is it just me or do you guys feel like camo is kind of overrated at this point as well?

We've seen it too often, and this camo pattern is a complete contradiction of what the back of the Monster Assault Energy seems to say. 

Do they want war or not? The association with the military is a pretty obvious, but then there's also the message that they do not want conflict?

It's not clear at all! 

Besides that, I'm not really a fan of the spray paint, 'tough' Monster look- I would much rather have something cleaner and sleeker, but the marketing seems to work for them, so who am I to judge? 

The color of the drink itself looked pretty suspicious- they use the dye Red #40 to make it more appealing, but all I see is all that coloring entering my system and dyeing my veins bright red. 

Taste 

Wow, this was sweet. It had a super cherry-like medicinal flavor that I wasn't really a fan of, but it was also extremely sour! 

I felt my salivary glands cringe as the drink went down, and it wasn't a super pleasant experience overall. 

The sweetener was very obvious in the aftertaste- they added sucralose, so the taste of that with the added sugar was entirely too sweet for me.

The flavor, fruit punch, was also not very pleasant because it didn't really have a distinctive taste, so I was just left with hints of very artificial fruits. 

Two Monster Assault cans against yellow background
I don't know about you guys, but I'm not a big fan of the very sweet, artificially sweetened taste of Monster Assault.

Effect

Whatever the taste or the colors, I have to say that it is an effective combination of caffeine and sugar. It definitely gave me a jolt of energy for about 2-3 hours before the inevitable sugar crash & nap. 

I only drank a single serving of the can, but I did feel that it was a bit stronger than usual, and I felt like I was hovering on the border of being hyperactive- luckily I didn't down the entire can! This also could have been because of the tea I drank in the morning, so that could have also contributed to my total caffeine consumption for the day.

Other reviews of Monster Assault on the web

If you're curious about what other people have said about Monster Assault Energy, check out this review, which also is not really that impressed with the taste. 

Another review here is really impressed, waxing about its kick and the pleasant taste. 

This one provides a comparison between Monster Assault and regular Monster, so you can see how the two match up. 

Final Roundup 

All in all, I would give Monster Assault a 5/10. While it is quite effective, there's nothing that really distinguishes it from other Monster energy drinks, and the taste is really rather poor and artificial in my opinion. 

Another thing that is not appealing is the really massive amounts of sugar and calories within the drink- I think it's not worth the energy boost that you get in return. 

Alternatives to Monster Assault  

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 Assault Energy, take a look at: 

• Regular Monster 

• Red Bull 

• Rockstar 

 Celsius

 XS 

 Monster Import 

 Rip It

 Bing energy drink 

 Bang (not to be confused with Bing!)

 Guru

 Xyience 

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 leading energy drinks mentioned above, but with the same great flavor and efficacy:  

Gfuel 

Zipfizz 

Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (10 out of 10)

You could also take a look at Mio water enhancer or 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. 

At 50mg of caffeine, REIZE contains a lot less than Monster Assault 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 flexible, 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. 

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

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Red Bull Cola Caffeine and Ingredients

What is Red Bull Cola? 

Red Bull Cola is a carbonated drink that is of course, as the name suggests, cola flavored. 

What exactly is cola flavor? It is primarily citrus flavors such as orange, lime and lemon peels, cinnamon, vanilla and acidic flavorant (which is why it seems to burn when it goes down your throat). 

Red Bull Cola combines the best of both worlds- the energy drink Red Bull, and Coca-Cola, one of the world's most beloved soft drinks. 

Red Bull Cola contains a total of 100 calories, 23g of carbohydrates and 32mg of caffeine

Who makes Red Bull Cola? 

Red Bull Cola is made by the same manufacturers of the Red Bull energy drink, Red Bull GmbH, and is made in Switzerland. 

Previously, there was a cocaine scare, as food regulators from Germany discovered trace amounts of cocaine in the factories producing Red Bull Cola.

Countries such as Germany and Taiwan ordered the drink off the shelves, but these claims were quickly cleared up as the coca leaf naturally produces a substance similar to cocaine, and the traces were so small that there was no risk of people being harmed from consuming it. 

A single Red Bull Cola can
Red Bull Cola may no longer be sold in the US, but you can still find it in European countries.

Red Bull Cola ingredients 

A single 8.4 fl.oz can of Red Bull Cola contains: 

  • 100 calories 
  • 0g total fat 
  • 0mg sodium 
  • 23g total carbohydrates 
  • 22g sugars 
  • 0g protein 
  • 32mg caffeine 

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

It also contains trace amounts of: 

  • Carbonated water 
  • Sugar 
  • Natural flavor (caramel) 
  • Natural flavors from plant extracts (Caffeine from Coffee Beans, Lemon, Ginger, Lime, Vanilla, Licorice, Galangal, Cinnamon, Kola nut, Cocoa, Orange, Cardamom, Mint, Pine) 

After looking at so many energy drinks that simply state 'natural flavors' without really going into detail about what exactly these natural flavors are, Red Bull Cola is a breath of fresh air

It's difficult to see exactly how these ingredients are working together- Licorice and Lemon? Not a combination I would automatically think of... 

After doing a quick google search, I also discovered that galangal belongs to the ginger family, and it has a very citrusy, pine-y flavor. 

It's also worth remembering that, like energy drinks, any caffeinated beverage should always be consumed in moderation. 

Red Bull Cola caffeine content 

Red Bull Cola contains 32mg of caffeine. This is a fairly low amount, but if you consider that there is also nearly an equal amount of sugar (22g) in it, you kind of get the idea of where the extra energy is coming from. 

The only thing I'm concerned about here is the sugar crash that comes in the wake of a Red Bull Cola- which would completely defeat the purpose of having an energy boost if you're just going to crash so hard later on. 

With just 32mg of caffeine, Red Bull Cola isn't in the same league as some energy drinks with their sky-high caffeine contents

If you're looking for an energy drink that gives you a good energy boost, contains a sensible amount of caffeine and doesn't get its energy from sugar, try REIZE, which has 50mg of caffeine in total, and uses 1000mg of taurine, a cleaner energy source with less negative side effects than sugar has. 

Why was Red Bull Cola discontinued? 

Red Bull Cola was discontinued after its launch in 2008 because it did not have enough support from either consumers or retailers. The market leaders were also too powerful to dislodge from their position. 

However, as of 2018, Red Bull relaunched Red Bull Cola under a new name - Red Bull Organics Simply Cola. It's available on Ebay to be bought by American consumers. 

Red Bull Cola packaging
The packaging that Red Bull Cola typically comes in.

Where to buy Red Bull Cola? 

Red Bull Cola is, as of now, only available in physical stores in European countries such as Germany and Austria. 

If you're interested in buying it within the US, you can get it on Amazon, and also on Ebay, where Red Bull has released a new line of Red Bull Cola. 

Red Bull Cola price 

It costs about $47.63 for a 24 pack of 8.4 fl.oz Red Bull Cola on Amazon, which means its around $1.99 for a single can of Cola. This is excluding shipping, which you have to take into consideration. 

This is about the same price as a regular can of Red Bull, but is a lot more expensive than a regular bottle of Coca-Cola, which you can get a lot more of for $2. 

For easier comparison- a 20 fl.oz bottle of Coke only costs about $2. That's a huge amount compared to the tiny 8.4 fl.oz of Red Bull, and I'm sure the sugar high you'd get from drinking 20 fluid ounces of Coke would be way stronger than anything Red Bull energy can give you. (Note: I am absolutely not recommending that you do this)

Red Bull Cola vs Red Bull 

Caffeine 

Red Bull Cola contains 32mg of caffeine, while Red Bull has 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz

Compared to its original energy counterpart, Red Bull Cola has a lot less caffeine than the original Red Bull, which makes me think that it's not really sure what it wants to be- is it a cola? Not really. Is it an energy drink? Hmm, not really either. 

Sugar 

Red Bull Cola contains 22g of sugar, Red Bull contains 26g of sugar / 8.4 fl.oz

Both Red Bull original and Cola have around the same amount of sugar, so there's going to be a definite boost from there if you are sensitive to sugar. 

Price

A single can of Red Bull Cola is $1.99, Red Bull only costs around $1.99 per can.

Same price, but is it really worth it? Personally, I doubt it. Red Bull Cola doesn't have the same refreshing taste as the original Red Bull, and overall just seems too expensive when you could just be drinking regular cola. 

Red Bull Cola vs Coca-Cola 

Caffeine 

Red Bull Cola contains 32mg of caffeine, while Coca-Cola has only 29mg of caffeine per 12 fl.oz. 

Neither are energy drinks, so their caffeine content isn't as high as you would expect, but it's still a pretty significant amount. 

Sugar 

Red Bull Cola contains 22g of sugar, and regular Coca-Cola (12 fl.oz) has 39g of sugar, but it also comes in a sugar-free Coke Zero version. 

Both of these are huge amounts of sugar, especially when taking into consideration the fact that the daily recommended amount of sugar is 25g for women and 38g for men. 

Price

A single can of Red Bull Cola is $1.99, and for $1.99, you could get a 20 fl.oz can of regular Coca-cola.

Red Bull vs Pepsi Cola 

Caffeine 

Red Bull Cola contains 32mg of caffeine, while a 12 fl.oz can of Pepsi Cola contains 38mg of caffeine.

Both of these are around the same, with Pepsi having a little more caffeine than Red Bull Cola, but also being slightly larger. 

Sugar 

Red Bull Cola contains 22g of sugar, while Pepsi Cola has 38g of sugar. 

Like regular Coca-cola, Pepsi Cola also has a lot of sugar in it, and this is similar to Red Bull Cola as well. We all know what plenty of sugar can do to your body, so just be careful about how much you consume. 

Price

A single can of Red Bull Cola is $1.99, but a 20 fl.oz bottle of Pepsi also costs $1.99. 

Pepsi is certainly hot on Coca-Cola's heels as it's biggest competitor, but 20 fl.oz is 2.5 times the size of the tiny Red Bull Cola can! In this respect, Red Bull Cola is absolutely not worth it, especially when also considering that it doesn't taste as great in my opinion. 

Why drink Red Bull Cola when you have regular Coca-Cola or Pepsi? 

Red Bull Cola vs Jolt Cola 

Caffeine 

Red Bull Cola contains 32mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz, while Jolt Cola contains 160mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz can. 

You might not have heard of Jolt Cola, but with that amount of caffeine- nearly three times the amount of Red Bull Cola- this drink will certainly give you a huge "jolt" of energy. 

Sugar 

Red Bull Cola contains 22g of sugar, while Jolt Cola has 50g of sugar for a can twice the size of Red Bull Cola. 

Jolt Cola is not too bad, given that it's a 16 fl.oz can, but still, not ideal for those looking to cut down their sugar intake. 

Price

A single can of Red Bull Cola is $1.99, while a single can of Jolt Cola is $4.60. 

Jolt Cola is $4.60?

I had to rub my eyes to make sure that I wasn't reading incorrectly. In comparison, this makes Red Bull Cola a lot more appealing, but honestly, I cannot see how it's justified to charge 4 whole dollars for an energy drink when the focus of so many others is to be affordable and efficient. 

I guess if you're really craving that cola taste but also want an energy booster, then this is the drink for you. Otherwise, you literally could pick anything else. 

Red Bull Cola vs REIZE 

Caffeine 

Red Bull Cola contains 32mg of caffeine, while REIZE has 50mg of caffeine

REIZE may seem like it doesn't have a lot of caffeine, but it makes up for it by including 1000mg of taurine, a substance that has been proven to provide good, clean energy. It's also packed with B vitamins and some ginseng for a more well-rounded energy boost, without the sugar crash.

Red Bull Cola gets its energy from mostly caffeine and sugar, which may not be desirable for some people. 

Sugar 

Red Bull Cola contains 22g of sugar, 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 products. 

In contrast, it's unclear as to what sugars Red Bull Cola is drawing from. 

Price

A single can of Red Bull Cola is $1.99, REIZE is a lot cheaper, at only around $1 per sachet, which can make a 8 fl.oz drink. 

If you're looking for efficiency that comes at a good price, then REIZE is the drink for you. Although Red Bull Cola is pretty reasonably priced, I don't think that the taste or energy boost is really worth it.

In addition to that, REIZE is fully customizable- just add the water, juice or sparkling water of your choice in order to enjoy a lovely and energizing beverage. 

Is Red Bull Cola worth it? I don't think so.

Red Bull Cola review 

* all opinions expressed in this review are mine * 

Visuals 

The can itself was pretty boring, American flag colors to reflect that it was supposed to be 'Cola', but the colors were dull and didn't really pop. It looked quite cheap for some reason as well? 

Looks like Coke, with the signature caramel color, but does not taste like Coke at all. 

Taste 

Why was it so sour? It gave me a huge twinge in my eye that I couldn't seem to get rid of as I was drinking it. For some reason, this gave me the impression that I was drinking the world's sourest, liquified gummy bear. 

You know those coca-cola shaped gummies you get in gummy mixes? Yeah, it basically tasted like that. 

Despite having so much sugar in it, I tasted absolutely no sweetness at all, and the sheer acidity of it made me feel like my teeth were burning off. Time for a good teeth brushing. 

Honestly, if it tasted this bad, I'm not surprised that people didn't like it very much, to the extent that they had to pull it from shelves in stores. 

Effect 

Eh, didn't really do anything for me personally. I felt next to no change after downing the can, and it didn't really taste that great either. Even after an hour, I didn't feel particularly energized or active. 

Overall, I would rate Red Bull Cola 2/10. Not a great taste, not a great effect either. 

Some other reviews of Red Bull Cola are slightly dated (they go all the way back to 2009) but there's no harm in checking them out if you're really curious: this one gives a pretty damning review, while another one complains about the taste itself, but doesn't comment on the effects.

Finally, this forum discussion redeems Red Bull Cola in terms of taste and effects. 

Alternatives to Red Bull Cola 

There are lots of really good energy drinks on the market. If you're looking for some similar, liquid based energy drinks that give a bit more energy than Red Bull Cola, take a look at: 

• Monster 

• Red Bull (the original, of course) 

• Rockstar 

 Celsius

 XS 

 Monster Import (different from original Monster)

 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 leading energy drinks, but with the same great flavor and efficacy:  

Gfuel 

Zipfizz 

Advocare Spark 

• REIZE (10 out of 10)

You could also take a look at Mio water enhancer or Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to take. The energy boost may not be up to scratch with some of the above mentioned energy drinks though.

In particular, REIZE is an energy drink that is easy to carry around and to make - just add water.

At 50mg of caffeine, REIZE has a bit more caffeine than Red Bull Cola does, and it is a lot more convenient, affordable and flexible, since you can add all types of liquids to it- soda, hot water, cold water, flavored juice, it's up to you!

I also think it tastes a lot better too.

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

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

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Mio Energy Water Enhancer – Caffeine & Ingredients

What is Mio Energy Water Enhancer? 

Mio Energy Water Enhancer is a liquid concentrate that is supposed to be mixed into water or sparkling water, in order to enhance the taste. It contains 60mg of caffeine per squeeze, but other than that, there are no significant differences compared to the original water enhancer. 

Mio Energy Water Enhancer comes in 2 different product lines - the regular energy enhancer, and the coffee flavors. 

Mio comes in three types - the Water Enhancer, Mio Energy, and Mio Vitamins, which are all supposed to enhance normal water.

As of 2019, Mio also launched a line of powdered beverages to complement their existing products. 

Mio bottles are all the same size across the board, 1.62 fl.oz of liquid. 

Where is Mio Energy Water Enhancer made? 

Mio Liquid Water Enhancer is made by Kraft Foods, a company perhaps more well known for their products such as Jell-O, Kool Aid, Kraft (mostly dairy products like Kraft Singles), Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Velveeta. 

The company is based in Chicago, Illinois. 

4 mio water enhancer drinks
Mio comes in three types- energy, original and vitamin.

Mio Energy Water Enhancer Ingredients 

  • 0 calories 
  • 0g total fat 
  • 0mg sodium 
  • 0g total carbohydrates
  • 0g sugars 
  • 0g protein 

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: 

  • Water 
  • Malic acid 
  • Citric acid 
  • Less than 2% of natural flavor 
  • Sucralose 
  • Acesulfame potassium 
  • Potassium citrate 
  • Gum arabic 
  • Sucrose acetate isobutyrate 
  • Red 40 
  • Potassium sorbate

On first glance, it doesn't even make sense that this is a real product. Besides some artificial sweetener and some added acid (not even in big enough amounts to be accounted for in the nutritional facts), what really is in Mio Liquid Water Enhancer besides food coloring? 

Again, we have the sweetener culprits, sucralose and acesulfame potassium, which are both not particularly great or beneficial to your health. 

In my opinion, you would get a much better taste with some fruit concentrate added to your water, which would help you avoid the artificial sweeteners in Mio. 

Mio Energy Water Enhancer flavors

Fruit flavors: 

  • Wicked Blue Citrus
  • Black Cherry
  • Tropical Fusion
  • Green Thunder 
  • Strawberry Pineapple Smash
  • Acai Berry Storm

Coffee flavors: 

  • Iced Vanilla Java 
  • Iced Mocha Java 

I'm quite curious as to whether or not the coffee flavors are like adding a single shot to your drink. Is it meant to be added to water or to actual coffee?

It markets itself as an 'iced coffee concentrate', but I'm doubtful whether it actually tastes as good as a regular coffee. 

Mio Energy Water Enhancer caffeine content 

Each 'squeeze' of Mio Energy Water is supposed to contain 60mg of caffeine. Given that there are around 18 squeezes per bottle, that comes out to about 1080mg of caffeine, a really concentrated amount! 

With 60mg of caffeine per serve, Mio has much less caffeine than some of the strongest energy drinks on the market.

The best part about Mio is that you can control your intake and how strong you want the drink to be - if you're not particularly sensitive to caffeine, you could add perhaps 2-3 squeezes for a single drink, but they do not recommend you drinking the whole thing in one go, for obvious health reasons

Nutritional facts on the back of a Mio carton. It's a tiny bottle!

Is Mio Energy Water Enhancer bad for you? 

Seeing as there isn't really much in it, I wouldn't say that Mio Energy Water Enhancer is necessarily completely bad for you.

It isn't an obvious source of carbs, sugar or calories, but there are a couple of red flags: 

Sucralose 

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is supposed to replace natural sugars in food and drinks. Although sucralose has been deemed safe 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. 

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 precedence 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. 

Red 40 

Although this is a widely used coloring, Red 40 has been shown to have certain compounds, such as benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl, that research has linked to cancer. 

In addition to that, research has also shown that food dyes can impair learning in young children, create allergies, increase hyperactivity, as well as irritability and aggressiveness. 

More research definitely has to be done to determine the exact effects of food dye in children, but so far, the results don't look very promising. 

What is a water flavor enhancer? 

A water flavor enhancer is supposed to do just that - enhance the flavor of your water, for those that can't stand drinking regular water. They usually contain sugar, flavorings, and some colorings as well. 

However, does adding Mio to water still count as 'drinking water'?

The short and simple answer is no.

Nothing can really be a true substitute for water, and even though Mio claims that it has '0 sugar', it still contains artificial sweeteners, which affect your body in a whole host of different ways and have been shown to affect your gut bacteria (as in the study linked to above). 

Sure, in the long run, it does count as consuming liquid that your body needs, but the flavors, sweeteners and colorings are not supposed to be put in your body over an extended period of time. 

Are water flavor enhancers healthy? 

Not particularly. The 'water' aspect is certainly good, as it provides you with hydration, but in terms of nutritional value, besides the tiny amounts of vitamins, there isn't really much there. 

These enhancers might have 'zero calories', but what about the sweeteners? It's probably a lot healthier to flavor your drinks with actual fruit, which you can do very easily just by getting a water bottle with a built in infuser- you can add in fruit of your choice, and your water will be delicious. 

If you really want something that's healthier than most energy drinks and energizing at the same time, try REIZE, an energy drink in powder form that contains 1000mg of taurine, something that is a lot more energizing and helpful than just stuffing yourself full of caffeine and trying to trick yourself into thinking that flavored water is healthy. 

REIZE also contains a sensible amount of caffeine, 50mg per sachet. That's a refreshing change after trying a lot of energy drinks with 200mg (or more) caffeine per can.

Mio energy water enhancer may come in 8 different flavors, but is it really beneficial to your health? I don't think so.

How much does Mio Energy Water Enhancer cost? 

A single container of Mio Energy Water Enhancer costs about $3.79, and a 6 pack of Mio Energy Water costs $32.48

$3.79 seems like quite a lot to pay for such a small bottle, but if you consider that you can make 18 drinks with one little carton, it comes up to about $0.21 per drink, which isn't too bad! 

I would say that the caffeine content is a little low considering the fact that it doesn't contain any other energy-boosting ingredients. 60mg is half a cup of coffee, so you would likely need to put two to three squirts in a single drink in order to feel the full effects - as mentioned, caffeine is the only thing it has going for it here, there aren't any other energy supplements to add to the energy boost.

From my experience, pure caffeine isn't all that effective an energy boost without the B vitamins, taurine and all the other good stuff you find in many of the best energy drinks.

Where to buy Mio Energy Water Enhancer

You can buy Mio Energy Water Enhancer on Amazon, and also on Ebay

If you want to buy it in a physical store, try somewhere like Walgreens, Target, Walmart, or your local gas station. 

Mio Energy vs REIZE 

Mio and REIZE are more similar than you would think - although one is in liquid form and the other is in powdered form, both are supposed to be mixed into water or sparkling water in order to be consumed, and both are supposed to give you some form of energy. 

Caffeine 

Mio contains 60mg of caffeine per drink, while REIZE has 50mg of caffeine per serving

What REIZE lacks for in caffeine it makes up for elsewhere, with added vitamins, taurine and ginseng to give the drink an extra boost and nutritional value.

Mio doesn't have much nutritional value in comparison, and there doesn't seem to be much point in adding it to your water in comparison. 

Sugar 

Mio does not contain any sugar, and neither does REIZE. 

Mio uses sucralose, the artificial sweetener, while REIZE uses acesulfame potassium and aspartame, the same combination as another well-known drink, Coke Zero. 

Price 

REIZE is about $1 for a single drink, but Mio is $3.12 for a bottle, that is supposed to contain 18 servings. 

Although REIZE seems more expensive than Mio, I think that REIZE is definitely worth more, as the efficiency levels are the same, but the taste and overall nutritional value is a lot better.

REIZE also gets its energy from taurine, a natural body chemical compound, so it's not as harmful to your body as just consuming a ton of caffeine and sugar, like you'll find in many energy drinks. 

Mio Energy Water Enhancer review 

This is the vitamin version of Mio- adorable, isn't it? I wish it tasted as good as it looked!

* all opinions expressed in this review are mine * 

Visuals 

The bottle was surprisingly small - I didn't realize that such a small container could actually have 18 drinks' worth of liquid in it! I also thought that the design was really cute - it was like a teardrop, which really tied into the whole idea of it being a water enhancer.

Nice. 

The color of the drink was a really alarming shade of red, that I would actually call neon. Not a fan of putting that into my body to be honest, but this was all for science. After drinking some of it, there was a distinct red tinge on my teeth but I might have been imagining things. 

Taste 

Very, very plastic. That's the only word I can use to describe it. It smelt like a children's vitamin gummy, and the color was just as bright. 

I didn't feel like it added anything to the water except an unpleasant sweetness, and it had a really strange sugary after-taste as well. Honestly, I prefer the taste of water to this strange, barely flavored concoction. 

I think the sweeteners actually made it worse, rather than better, in this case. 

Effect

Not really as effective as I had imagined - about an hour after taking it, I was still yawning and trying to stay awake. I decided to take a nap anyway, and drink a real glass of water after my disappointing experience.

I'm not sure that it actually did much, to be honest, and I wouldn't really be in a rush to try it again. 

Final Roundup 

Overall, I don't think that the taste is great, unless you're a fan of artificial tasting things. The effect also is not as energizing as you would expect, and for the price, you could get a single, efficient and great tasting energy drink that actually does the job. 

Or a few energy drinks if you know where to find some more affordable options. 

(Wink wink)

Mio doesn't particularly give you any health benefits and does not really taste that good, but if you're bored of your regular water, it's a way to spice things up.

Alternatives to Mio Energy Water Enhancer

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

• Monster 

• Red Bull 

• Rockstar 

 Celsius

 XS 

 Monster Import (different to original Monster)

 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 leading energy drinks, but with the same great flavor and efficacy:  

You could also take a look at Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to take. The energy boost may not be up to scratch with some of the above mentioned energy drinks though.

There are lots of great energy drinks out there that could be a good substitute for Mio. In particular, REIZE is a powdered energy drink that is easy to carry around and to make - just add water.

At 50mg of caffeine, REIZE contains around the same amount of caffeine as a single serving of Mio, but in addition to that, it also contains some other great energy-boosting ingredients.

REIZE is just as convenient and versatile, since you can add it to all types of drinks - 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. 

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

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Xyience Energy Drink Caffeine and Ingredients

What is Xyience energy drink? 

Xyience energy drink (pronounced 'Science' with a Z instead of an S) is a carbonated energy drink that claims it is a 'naturally flavored energy drink' with zero calories and sugar. 

Xyience is clearly trying to target the health conscious energy drinkers, as the Xyience can also boldly states that it is 'vitamin fortified'- which is not entirely incorrect. It does contain vitamins B12 and B6, which are water soluble vitamins that are passed safely out through urine if taken in excess. 

The only thing I'm not quite sure of is the 'natural flavors', as I can't quite seem to work out where or what these flavors are being derived from. 

Besides energy drinks, Xyience has a line of drinks for bodybuilders, which are meant to help you with your workout and can be found in gyms all over the US. 

Xyience energy drink frostberry flavor
Xyience energy drink comes in 8 flavors.

Xyience energy drink ingredients 

A single 16 fl.oz can of Xyience energy drink contains: 

  • 0 calories 
  • 0g total fat 
  • 176mg caffeine / 16 fl.oz 
  • 160mg sodium 
  • 15mg potassium 
  • 2g carbohydrates 
  • 0g sugars 
  • 0g protein 
  • Niacin (100% of the daily recommended value) 
  • Vitamin B6 (250% of the daily recommended value) 
  • Vitamin B12 (80% of the daily recommended value) 
  • Pantothenic acid (500% of the daily recommended value) 

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

Xyience also contains trace amounts of: 

  • Carbonated water
  • Citric acid
  • Taurine
  • Natural flavors 
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Caffeine 
  • Glucuronolactone
  • Potassium sorbate (preservative
  • Sodium benzoate (preservative
  • Calcium D Pantothenate (Vitamin B5) 
  • Ginseng root extract 
  • Guarana seed extract
  • Sucralose
  • L-Carnitine
  • Gum Arabic 
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) 
  • Inositol
  • Acesulfame potassium
  • Ester gum 
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6) 
  • Cyanobalamin (Vitamin B12) 

One thing that really jumps out at me is the sneaky way they've marketed both the caffeine and the sugar content.

Despite the fact that they've emblazoned 0g sugar on the rim of the can, that's only natural, complex sugars and syrups. They absolutely do have a sweetener, sucralose inside the drink. While they might not technically be wrong, I think it's not entirely accurate to then market the drink as having '0g sugar'. 

In addition to that, they also mention on the back of the can that 8 fl.oz of Xyience energy drink contains 88mg of caffeine. I'm not sure about you, but my mental maths isn't good enough to multiply 88mg of caffeine by 2 on the spot without whipping out my phone calculator.

In addition to that, there's so much room for error on the part of the customers! If you're casually browsing, you would more or less expect for them to be upfront about the total caffeine content within the 16 fl.oz can, not ask you to suddenly do math just to figure it out. 

In case you were wondering, 88 times 2 equals 176- the amount of caffeine in a can of Xyience- they just tell you that there are 2 servings per can and then give you the "per serve" figure. 

Clear as mud.

Xyience energy drink nutrition facts
Xyience energy drink nutrition facts on the back of the can.

Xyience energy drink caffeine content 

In total, Xyience energy drink contains a total of 176g of caffeine in a single 16 fl.oz drink.

If we keep in mind the fact that the maximum daily recommended limit for caffeine consumption in an adult is 400mg, a single can of Xyience brings you up to about half of this daily limit. 

With 176mg of caffeine per can, Xyience is among the stronger energy drinks on the market. 

The warning on the back of the can also reminds you that it is not recommended for children under 18, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and people who are particularly sensitive to caffeine. 

They also don't recommend that you drink this product while simultaneously consuming alcohol, or mixing both together. 

Some possible side-effects of a caffeine overdose are: 

  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Dehydration 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headaches 

What is Guarana seed extract? 

Guarana seed extract is derived from the guarana plant, which is named for 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- side effects that come with that can be seen above. 

How much guarana seed extract is in Xyience?

On the surface, it seems that there is 176mg of guarana seed extract in Xyience, but because they haven't stated exactly how much of this caffeine is from the seed extract, it's possible that this natural extract is supplemented by synthesized caffeine, which has the same chemical makeup as natural caffeine, so there's nothing much to worry about.

What is 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 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. 

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 precedence 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. 

Xyience energy drinks against white background
Xyience may not be entirely truthful with the way it's marketing its drinks.

Xyience vs Red Bull

Caffeine 

Xyience has 176mg caffeine / 16 fl.oz, while Red Bull only has 80mg of caffeine / 8.4 fl.oz.

Xyience has double the amount of caffeine that Red Bull does, and it seems that Red Bull uses a combination of caffeine, sugar and taurine in order to give their users an energy boost, but Xyience leans very heavily on caffeine. 

If you are caffeine sensitive, it's probably better for you to try another energy drink with a lower caffeine content, like Red Bull or REIZE, which both contain under 100mg of caffeine. 

Sugar 

Xyience contains 0g of sugar, but Red Bull contains 26g of sugar / 8.4 fl.oz

Red Bull gets its sugar from the simple sugars sucrose and glucose, which have been broken down from complex sugars. In contrast, Xyience uses sucralose, the artificial sweetener, and it is unclear exactly how much artificial sweeteners are included in the drink. 

Price

A pack of 8 Xyience energy drinks that are each 16 fl.oz usually cost around $33.95, which means that a single can of Xyience costs around $4.25.

In contrast, Red Bull only costs around $1.99 per can.

Xyience is about double the price of Red Bull, and it certainly does not have the same international acclaim or impact. If you're caffeine sensitive or aware that you don't want to consume artificial sweetener, then you may prefer Red Bull over Xyience. 

Xyience vs Monster 

Caffeine 

Xyience has 176mg caffeine / 16 fl.oz, and Monster is similar, with 179mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz. 

Xyience seems to get most of its energy from caffeine, as does Monster. As mentioned before, these drinks contain about half of the daily recommended limit of caffeine for an adult, which does come with its own problems. 

If consuming either of them, make sure that you're keeping track of any other caffeinated products that you are consuming on the side, including sodas. 

Sugar 

Xyience contains 0g of sugar, compared to Monster's whopping 52g of sugar / 16 fl.oz

While Xyience contains 0g of natural sugar, it does contain artificial sugars, sucralose. In contrast, while Monster may contain 52g of sugar, it gets them from simple sugars such as glucose, which comes from natural sugars that have been broken down. 

Artificial vs natural- it's up to you which you think is better. 

Price

A pack of 8 Xyience energy drinks that are each 16 fl.oz usually cost around $33.95, which means that a single can of Xyience costs around $4.25. 

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. 

Despite the fact that both are pretty much the same besides their sugar content, Xyience is a whole dollar more expensive than Monster. 

Personally, I can't really see the reason for this because in my opinion, Xyience doesn't really have anything that makes it stand out from the competition.

If I wanted an energy boost at an affordable price, I'd stick with Monster, Red Bull, or REIZE, which is an efficient and effective powdered energy drink. 

Xyience isn't particularly good for you, but neither is it entirely bad- it's a perfectly standard energy drink.

Xyience vs Bang 

Caffeine 

Xyience has 176mg caffeine / 16 fl.oz, and Bang has nearly double that at 300mg of caffeine / 16 fl.oz. 

Bang has a lot more caffeine than Xyience, but I think both are marketed really similarly. Both target customers that are looking for an energy boost from 'natural sources', although neither really achieve that. 

Bang seems a lot more potent than Xyience on these terms, and both are the same size- 16 fl.oz. 

Sugar 

Xyience contains 0g of sugar, and Bang energy drink has 0g sugar as well. 

However, both energy drinks still use artificial sweeteners- they share one sweetener, sucralose, whose side effects have been explained above, and Bang also uses acesulfame potassium. 

This also means that both Bang and Xyience are both more or less guilty of some amount of false advertising in my opinion- it's not completely true that there are no sugars in either. 

Price

A pack of 8 Xyience energy drinks that are each 16 fl.oz usually cost around $33.95, which means that a single can of Xyience costs around $4.25.

Bang costs around half of that at $2.17 per can. 

Similarly with Monster, Xyience is really similar to Bang in the way that it's marketing itself, and for the price that it's charging, around $4 per can, I'm not sure why someone who choose to drink Xyience over another drink like Bang. 

Xyience vs REIZE 

Caffeine 

Xyience has 176mg caffeine / 16 fl.oz, while REIZE only has 50mg of caffeine. 

REIZE may seem like it does not have a lot of caffeine, but it makes up for it by including 1000mg of taurine, a substance that has been proven to provide good, clean energy. 

In contrast, Xyience seems to tack all its energy boost onto caffeine, which while might be effective for some people, doesn't work for everyone. 

Sugar 

Xyience contains 0g of sugar, and likewise, 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 products. 

In contrast, Xyience only uses sucralose, which does come with potential side effects, and not much research has been conducted on it. 

Price

A pack of 8 Xyience energy drinks that are each 16 fl.oz usually cost around $33.95, which means that a single can of Xyience costs around $4.25. 

REIZE is a lot cheaper, at only around $1 per sachet, which can make a 8 fl.oz drink. 

If you're looking for efficiency that comes at a good price, then REIZE is the drink for you, as opposed to the massively overpriced Xyience.

In addition to that, REIZE is fully customizable- just add the water, juice or sparkling water of your choice in order to enjoy a lovely and energizing beverage. 

Xyience energy drinks against a green background
In conclusion, I'm not really sure if Xyience is worth your money or time.

Reviews- is Xyience energy drink good? 

This review breaks down some of the ingredients in Xyience and if it really does work.

Another review here talks about the 'Xyience' of energy drinks and gives a little bit of background about the company and the drink itself. 

If you're looking for a more comprehensive comparison between energy drinks from another source, have a look at this review, which also puts up Xyience against energy drink heavyweights like Red Bull and Monster. 

Here's a more casual, everyday drinking experience review for Xyience that focuses on taste and effects. 

And finally, a newspaper review of Xyience energy drink that offers a different perspective on general effects and calls Xyience ineffective, and overall not really worth it. 

Speaking of Red Bull vs Monster, check out this article for a head to head comparison of those two drinks.

Alternatives to Xyience energy drink 

There are lots of great energy drinks on the market. If you're looking for some similar, liquid based energy drinks that give a bit more energy than Xyience, take a look at: 

• Monster 

• Red Bull 

• Rockstar 

 Celsius

 XS 

 Monster Import (different to original Monster)

 Rip It

 Bing energy drink 

 Bang (not to be confused with Bing!)

 Guru

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

You could also take a look at other products like Vivarin caffeine pills if you are looking for something that's quick and easy to take. The energy boost may not be up to scratch with some of the above mentioned energy drinks though.

Make it Mio by Kraft is also worth a look. 

Personally, my all-time favorite energy boosting buddy is REIZE Energy Drink. REIZE is a powder energy drink that comes in convenient little sachets that you can mix fresh when you need a boost. 

Instant energy, just add water!

With 50mg of caffeine, REIZE doesn't have the same amount of caffeine that Xyience does, but it is a lot more convenient, affordable and flexible, 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, much cheaper than Xyience and most energy drinks on the market. 

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

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Are Bang Energy Drinks bad for you? (studies revealed)

Four Bang energy drink cans on a table

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)

• L-leucine

• Acesulfame potassium

• Magnesium chloride

• Super Creatine (Creatyl-L-Leucine)- Creatine bonded to L-Leucine

• L-Isoleucine

• L-valine

• Calcium Chloride

• Calcium Disodium EDTA

Nutritional facts of Bang energy drink on the back of the can
The nutritional information on the back of the can.

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."

The warning label on the back of Bang energy drink can states the side effects on high caffeine consumption
The warning label states the side effects of consuming too much caffeine.

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.

The caution label on the back of Bang energy drink can
Pregnant or nursing women and those taking prescription drugs and/or having medical conditions are advised not to consume Bang.

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: 

If you want something a bit different and more efficient, try caffeine pills or Mio water drops that are both alternative products to regular energy drinks. 

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.