If you’ve ever wondered what’s inside your Emerge energy drink, you’ve come to the right place to find out.
In this post, we’ll be taking a closer look at the ingredients that you’ll find in a can of Emerge.
We’ll also be making some helpful comparisons with other competing brands to see how Emerge measures up.
Stick around for some of my personal recommendations for energy drinks too, which will be in the later part of this post.
Let’s get started.
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What Is Emerge Stimulation Drink?
The Emerge brand brings to you four unique energy drink collections: Original, Zero, Flavoured, and Dual.
Basically, what you’ll be getting is a carbonated drink with a taste of mixed fruits in it.
Sounds like Vimto to you? Well, you’ll have to try it for yourself to find out, of course.
But some of the main differences here would probably be that Emerge has stuff like caffeine, taurine and B Vitamins thrown in as part of its blend and these are the things that make it an energy drink as opposed to a regular soft drink.
One thing about Emerge that particularly stands out for me is the sweetness of this beverage. It’s got both sugar and artificial sweeteners in it, just so you get the picture.
And now, let me give you a better idea of what you’ll find inside a can of Emerge.
What Are The Ingredients In Emerge Energy Drink?
Each 250ml can of Emerge contains:
- 53 calories
- 75mg caffeine (A pretty ideal quantity, in my opinion)
- 0g protein
- 0g total fat
- 0g saturated fatty acids
- 11.2g total carbohydrate
- 11.2g total sugar
- 0g protein
- 0.09g salt
It also contains trace amounts of:
- Carbonated water
- Citric acid
- Taurine (750mg)
- Sodium Citrates
- Ammonia caramel (colouring)
- Riboflavins (Colouring)
- Sodium benzoate (Preservative)
- Sucralose (Sweetener)
- Acesulfame K (Sweetener)
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
What Varieties of Drinks Can I Get Under The Emerge Product Label?
It’s been 16 years since the day Emerge Original was first launched in the UK. That says something about how endearing the brand has become to many since then.
Presently, you’ll find Emerge Original offered in two sizes: A 250ml can or a 1L bottle.
For this drink, you’ll be getting 21 calories every 100ml.
As for its complex sugar content, it stands at 4.5g per 100 ml, and the sweetness of the drink is enhanced further with the presence of artificial sweeteners, aspartame and acesulfame potassium (also known as ace-K).
Emerge Reduced Sugar
Emerge Sugar Free
This version of Emerge has only 4 calories in every 250ml serving. Only naturally occurring sugar is found in this drink. As before, aspartame and ace-K have been added to sweeten the drink.
Emerge Zero Sugar
Compared to the Sugar Free version, Emerge Zero Sugar has even lower calories with only 3 kcal per 100 ml.
You’ll find the usual low-calorie sweetener suspects, aspartame and ace-K in this blend. But this time around, they are the only contributors to the sweet taste of the drink.
In terms of serving size, you can choose from either a 250ml can or a 1L bottle.
Manufacturer, Cott Corporation has launched this product range to give consumers a different spin on the Emerge flavour.
With 12g of sugar and 53 calories per serving, this drink is undoubtedly on the sweeter side.
Oh, and don’t forget, you’ve got aspartame and ace-K as part of the mix too, like all the Emerge drinks that came before it.
The Emerge Flavoured drink is only available in a 250ml can.
The flavour in this beverage comes from a combination of the antioxidant, ascorbic acid as well as stabilisers like acacia gum, glycerol esters of wood, and rosins.
Meanwhile, riboflavin and carotene contribute to the colour of the drink.
I personally really liked this one. Fruit and vegetable concentrates like safflower and black carrot provide this drink with its mixed berry flavour.
With a name like that, you’d probably think of Emerge Dual as being a twin of Emerge Original. And that would certainly make you wonder about the similarities that both drinks would have in terms of their nutritional content and overall ingredients.
Well, wonder no more. Here are the main differences: Calories and sugar content.
Emerge Dual has noticeably less calories than Emerge Original by 6 kcal per 100ml. And for every 250ml serving, you’ll find 8g of sugar and sweeteners on the side.
Emerge Dual comes in two serving sizes: A 250ml can and a 1L bottle.
Emerge Mixed Berry Dual
This drink contains the exact amount of sugar and calories as Emerge Dual does.
This flavoured version of Emerge Dual comes to us only in one size: A 250ml can.
I certainly hope Cott Corporation will consider adding in more choices of flavours here in the future as I thought this was a pleasant variation to the Emerge line of beverages.
Emerge Dual Sugar Free
Thanks to this sugar-free version of Emerge Dual, you can now get a taste of this energy drink without compromising your dietary disciplines.
Every 100ml of this drink contains just 4 calories.
Aspartame and ace-K are the sugar substitutes here, much like every other Emerge drink, with the exception that, unlike some of the other variants, there is no sugar added here at all.
How Much Caffeine Will I Find In Emerge?
Emerge energy drink products contain the same amount of caffeine at 0.03%. To put it simply, you’ll be getting 75mg of caffeine per serving. That means it’s 29.98mg for every 100ml you drink.
On this basis, Emerge definitely doesn’t stand a chance against the stronger energy drinks out there in the market like Bang, Monster, or Lucozade.
In terms of how caffeinated it is, it’s really not that much of a difference from a good ol’ espresso shot that most of us enjoy in a cup of coffee. Just to give you an idea, one espresso shot has a volume of around 30ml to 50 ml, and has 63mg of caffeine on average.
If you were to take a double shot, your caffeine intake would definitely be in excess of 125mg.
So with these figures in mind, what you’re getting in a can of Emerge seems almost like child’s play.
Well, the good news is that you won’t have to worry about getting any of those unwanted side effects from caffeine such as insomnia, jitters, loss of bladder control, rapid heartbeat and so on.
But that’s assuming you’ve stayed within the daily recommended intake for caffeine given by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which advises us to keep to a maximum of 400mg of caffeine in a day, with only 200mg of caffeine in each serving.
If you go beyond these limits, you may experience some health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure and muscle breakdown.
To avoid all these problems, just be wise and practice moderation when it comes to how much of Emerge you drink.
How Much Sugar Will I Find In A Can Of Emerge?
On average, Emerge has between 8g to 12g of sugar in every 250ml (varies depending on the product).
As for the calories, you’ll find 38 kcal to 53 kcal per 250 ml (again, it differs based on which product you’re looking at).
The manufacturer hasn’t specifically named the types of sugars that have been used in Emerge, so I’m just going to refer to all of them as “’complex sugar”.
According to the recommendations given by the National Health Service (NHS), adults should consume only up to 30g of free sugars per day.
“Free sugars” here refers to the sugar you add to your food, those hidden sugars in stuff like chocolates or cakes, and things such as honey and syrups too.
Well, to be honest, the sugar content in Emerge isn’t much of a concern. At least not when you compare it to other energy drink brands like Bang, Red Bull or Monster.
For Emerge, you’ll need to take more than two servings before you’ll exceed your daily sugar limit.
Nevertheless, in the long run, your health may still suffer if you habitually consume more sugar than you ought to.
So, in my opinion, ideally you should just stick to just a single serving of Emerge each time. But even if you go up to two serving, it’s probably still fine.
But don’t take anything more than that within a day because it’s very likely you’ve got other food in your diet which contains sugar too and you’ll need to take them all into account for your 30g daily intake limit.
Here’s a list of the possible health hazards that you would experience should you exceed the daily sugar limit recommended by the NHS:
- Weight gain
- Heart disease
- Severe acne
- Type 2 diabetes
- Skin aging
- Extreme fatigue
- Liver and kidney disease
- Dental cavities
Would sugar-free versions of Emerge be a better alternative then?
Well, of course they would be. In particular, either Emerge Sugar Free, Emerge Zero Sugar or Emerge Sugar Free Dual would be a better choice for you.
The calories you’ll get from these drinks would be between 8 to 10 kcal per 250ml.
These sugar-free options maintain the familiar Emerge flavour with the help of artificial sweeteners, aspartame and ace-K.
Low-calorie aspartame is used widely in over 5,000 processed foods and drinks. But while it may be a popular choice as a sugar substitute, that doesn’t mean it’s all that good for you.
A study by Research Nursing & Health found a link between high doses of aspartame and adverse side effects such as mood swings, depression, impaired spatial orientation and irritability.
Just like aspartame, ace-K contains no calories too and is used in thousands of processed foods and drinks like ice cream, chewing gum, desserts, jam and more.
One of the more serious claims that has been made about ace-K is that it can cause cancer and affect the early development of babies during pregnancy.
There’s still inadequate evidence available so it’s hard to draw any conclusions about the long term effects of having both aspartame and ace-K as part of your diet.
More studies still need to be conducted in order for there to be a more concrete verdict on the situation.
For now, however, you can safeguard your own health by not exceeding your consumption beyond two cans of Emerge within a day.
What Other Significant Ingredients Will I Find In Emerge Energy Drink?
Other than caffeine and sugar, there are two other items that stand out in the ingredients list for Emerge: Taurine and B vitamins.
Every single Emerge energy drink product contains 0.3% taurine. This is an amazing side ingredient to add to the blend.
Whenever it’s used together with caffeine, taurine can help to enhance your mental performance. It can also help with other biological functions like regulating your heartbeat, muscle contraction and energy levels.
When it comes to energy drinks, caffeine alone isn’t enough to give you the energy boost you need.
There needs to be a good blend of stimulating ingredients in order for it to be a real power booster. Taurine is one such ingredient, so it’s great to see it included in Emerge.
Generally speaking, the more vitamins you have in Emerge, the more nutritious the drink becomes.
Vitamin B3, which is also known as niacin, is great for lowering your cholesterol, easing arthritis, boosting brain functions and many other benefits. However, do watch your intake as large doses of this vitamin can cause nausea, vomiting and liver toxicity.
Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid (as you’ll find it written on a can of Emerge) helps to ensure that your body’s digestive system and nervous system function well. It also has a part to play in the creation of red blood cells and several types of hormones.
This vitamin also gives you healthy eyes, hair and skin.
However, just like with all other nutrients, you should monitor how much of vitamin B5 that you consume as taking it excessively will cause acne, convulsions, dizziness, insomnia, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, enlarged prostate and a whole host of other health issues.
Meanwhile, vitamin B6, which is also known as pyridoxine, is equally essential for supporting body functions like mood regulation and brain health. In addition, it also helps with reducing the risk of Alzheimer, treating PMS, and reducing the risk of heart disease.
As for vitamin B12 or cobalamin, it can’t be produced by your body, so you’ll need to get your supply from your food or supplements like energy drinks. B12 is necessary to prevent anaemia, support bone health, reduce depression and maintain a healthy heart.
Emerge energy drink review
This review was done using 250ml cans of Emerge Dual and Emerge Dual Sugar Free.
The moment I laid my eyes on the can, the silver and red colour scheme instantly reminded me of what Emerge Original looked like before 2015 when the can was redesigned.
The abstract design on the front of the can leaves you room for artistic interpretation. For me, I saw duality depicted by the red and silver fragments.
The brand’s name is embossed across the surface in a rugged, stylish font. The back of the can typically contains all the necessary ingredients and the nutrition information.
In general, I love the shiny, metallic finish used on the Emerge can. It’s cool to the touch and also gives out a modern feel.
In my opinion, Emerge Dual tasted a little like Red Bull. Well, seeing how Emerge is more or less containing the same ingredients that the classic Red Bull has, this should not really come as a surprise.
A few sips into the drink and you’ll savour a fruity flavoured fizz. I’m quite impressed with the crisp finish and clean palate that my mouth is left with.
What I couldn’t stand though was the overwhelming sweetness of the drink. In fact, I felt that it made my gums a little sensitive afterwards.
Personally, I don’t like the idea of mixing both artificial sweeteners and sugar into the same beverage.
Now, if one can of Emerge is already bothering my teeth, I can’t imagine what consuming multiple cans of Emerge might possibly do to my health.
Thankfully though, there’s Emerge Dual Sugar Free. It’s definitely a little lighter in terms of its sweetness, although for the most part, it felt pretty much the same like a can of your regular Emerge Dual.
Similar to most energy drinks, Emerge Dual came in a generic golden hue.
This was probably just wistful thinking on my part, but with a name like Emerge Dual, I was kind of hoping to see some kind of quirky coloured liquid flowing out of this can.
Thirty minutes after a can of Emerge Dual, I still couldn’t feel any impact from the caffeine. But that could just be me and my tolerance to caffeine.
To find out whether it will work for you, you’d have to try it out for yourself.
Eventually, the effects of the drink kicked in and it proved to be a good energizer for me to start off my day. I think the effects were enough to last me for just around three to four hours.
It was not until much later that I experienced a sugar crash. It was a pretty mild one though, so after a little nap, I was soon back to my usual self.
With Emerge Dual Sugar Free, this totally didn’t happen for obvious reasons.
By the way, a friend of mine actually claimed that there was the side effect of jitters when a can of Emerge was consumed all at once. So you might want to avoid that by sipping on your Emerge energy drink slowly instead.
Overall, I’d say Emerge is a fairly decent energy drink and I will give it a 7/10 rating.
Here’s a table to illustrate how Emerge compares to other energy drink brands out there in the market.
Red Bull is also a ready-to-drink beverage, similar to Emerge, but is the more established and popular brand.
Meanwhile, Reize is a powdered energy drink sold in 4g sachets. It is comparable to the other energy drinks here on the basis of a 250ml volume here because this is the volume of liquid that is recommended for making one serving of Reize.
|Energy Drink Brand||Volume (ml)||Caffeine (mg)||Sugar (g)||Price |
1 These are average prices, so actual prices you see at the stores or online may vary slightly.
2 Reize is a powdered energy drink, so the volume listed in this table refers to the recommended quantity of liquid that the powder should be mixed with.
3 Reize is usually listed in US dollars, so this price is an estimation once converted into British pounds (£).
In terms of caffeine content, Emerge has 75mg per 250ml and sits right in between the amount you’d get from a can of Red Bull (80mg) and what you’ll find in one serving of Reize (50mg).
If you’d like to keep your caffeine intake to a more manageable level, then Emerge is really not too bad a choice.
However, Reize gives you the lowest amount of caffeine per serving, so you might find that to be kinder to your health while also offering you the flexibility of scaling up your caffeine consumption whenever needed by mixing more than one sachet into the same beverage.
In comparison with Red Bull, Emerge actually has lower sugar content. It has only 12g, which is about half of what you’d find in a can of Red Bull (26g).
But if you’d prefer to spare yourself the headache of having to constantly monitor your sugar consumption, you can just go with a completely sugarless option like Reize.
Please note that both Red Bull and Emerge have sugar-free versions too.
For Emerge, you could go for Emerge Sugar Free Dual, Emerge Sugar Free or Emerge Zero Sugar. All of these drinks are sweetened by both aspartame and ace-K.
Whereas in the case of Red Bull, there’s Red Bull Zero (contains acesulfame potassium i.e. ace-K and sucralose) and Red Bull Sugarfree (has aspartame and ace-K).
While each of these non-nutritive sweeteners have their risks, they have been approved for use by many major regulatory bodies all over the world so you shouldn’t worry too much about consuming them as long as you keep your intake within the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) range advised by EFSA.
Emerge is the clear winner in terms of being the most affordable. So if you’re looking to enjoy an energy drink on a budget, then Emerge would be the one for you.
Where Can I Buy Emerge Stimulation Drink And How Much Will It Cost Me?
If you’re living in the UK, then it should be fairly easy for you to get your hands on a can or bottle of Emerge. Most retail store and supermarkets like Tesco, Poundland, B&M Stores, Sainsbury’s and Home Bargains have stock for this brand.
There’s always the option of buying it online too. Virtual stores like Amazon, eBay or Star Bargain are good places to start your hunt.
You could also opt to make your purchase from the online store of your favourite supermarket chain.
If you’re not in the UK, that’s fine too because you’ve plenty of options online. Besides the ones I mentioned above, you can also consider places like the British Corner Shop where you can usually find most products that are popular in the UK.
Expect to pay 39p for a 250ml can of Emerge Original and 49p for the fancier Emerge Flavoured drink range.
Alternatives To Emerge Energy Drink
If you’re looking for other energy drinks that are similar to Emerge, here are some good ones worth trying:
For powder-based energy drink options, you can try these brands:
REIZE Energy Drink
REIZE is a really convenient and compact energy drink option.
Thanks to its nifty sized 4g sachet, you can easily bring your energy drink along with you anywhere you wish to go.
REIZE is also really versatile as you can mix it with any of your favourite beverages, be it like juice, tea, soda or even just plain water. You can even adjust the potency of your energy drink to your liking: Adding or reducing your liquid volume to dilute it as desired, or topping up your drink with an additional sachet for a stronger effect.
Besides its 50mg caffeine dosage, REIZE also comes with an invigorating blend of ingredients to further enhance its energising effects. You’ll find 1000mg of taurine here, alongside ginseng and a generous helping of B vitamins.
Each sachet only has 11 calories, making it an ideal choice for those looking for a healthy option.
For just 81p per sachet, REIZE will be shipped right to your doorstep with no additional delivery costs.
Give REIZE a try today. You’re sure to love it.
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