What is Guru energy drink?
Guru energy drink is a sparkling water based energy drink that contains 100mg of caffeine and comes in an 8.4 fl.oz can.
It contains around 21g of sugar and has 80 calories, but boasts that most, if not all of their ingredients are either organic or naturally occurring.
Their idea is to make good energy, and to make a drink that can supplement your health rather than cause you to worry about it.
Where is Guru energy drink made?
Guru was founded in Montreal, in 1999 by four college friends. Admittedly, Guru is not as well known or big as some other energy drinks are, but it has a pretty significant presence in Canada and the U.S.
Their ‘Brew Master’ is a guy called Luc Martin-Privat, whose job is to mix and make sure all the ingredients are up to snuff- apparently he studied Pharmacology, so you know they’re not messing around- there’s a professional in charge.
Guru energy drink ingredients
An 8.4 fl.oz can of Guru energy drink contains:
- 80 calories
- 21g carbohydrates (sugars) – 7% of the daily recommended value
- 100mg naturally occurring caffeine
- 0g total fat
- 0mg sodium
- 0g protein
It is also not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.
There are also trace amounts of:
- Sparkling water
- Organic cane syrup
- Organic white grape juice concentrate
- Citric acid
- Apple acid
- Natural flavors
- Organic green tea leaf extract
- Organic echinacea flower extract
- Organic panax ginseng root extract
One thing I immediately notice from this list is that their main thing is definitely all natural ingredients.
21g of sugar may be quite a lot for such a small can, but at least they’re up front about it, and not hiding the sweetness behind all kinds of artificial sweeteners.
Another thing I noticed that was a pleasant surprise was the ‘organic’ extracts, which I haven’t seen in many other energy drinks, even those marketing themselves as ‘all natural’. This at least hinted that Guru were taking the problem of artificial ingredients pretty seriously.
Guru energy drink flavors
There are five flavors of Guru energy drinks in total:
- Original Lite
- Energy Water – Grapefruit
- Energy Water – Lime
- Energy Water – Pomegranate
There seems to be a difference in how the original drink and the flavored drinks are marketed- the original flavor and lite both contain calories, but the Water version is sparkling, and contains both zero calories and zero sugars.
Following up on the sugar they use in their Water version, their website lists ‘Organic Erythritol (natural sweetener)’, which after some research, seems to be pretty safe for consumption. When taken in moderation, there do not seem to be any serious side effects.
I think the addition of a pomegranate flavor is quite unique as well!
Guru energy drink caffeine content
Guru energy drink contains 100mg of ‘naturally occurring caffeine’.
I’m not quite sure what ‘naturally occurring’ means exactly, but 100mg of caffeine is nothing to sniff at. This drink packs quite a big punch, considering that it comes in quite a tiny, 8.4 fl.oz can.
For comparison, a similar sized can of Red Bull contains only 80mg of caffeine and 26g of sugar. Guru is slightly stronger, with 100mg of caffeine, and only 21g of sugar.
Indeed, with 100mg of caffeine per can, Guru is at the lower end of town on the scale of strongest energy drinks.
But despite the fact that Guru is supposed to be better than most artificial energy drinks out there, be careful not to overdose – 4 cans of Guru will be enough to push you over your daily recommended caffeine limit, and especially if you’re drinking it while also taking other caffeinated beverages like coffee or tea.
Is Guru energy drink healthy?
Compared to many of the other energy drinks on the market, Guru is probably healthier than most of them. However, it does have a pretty high sugar content- 21g, so be careful not to overconsume.
Ingredients such as the panax ginseng root extract have been shown in studies to have some beneficial effects, but because the specific amounts aren’t specified, we can’t conclusively say that this is what makes Guru healthy or that panax ginseng is present in anywhere near the amount required to get benefits from it.
Other points I think are worth noting: they don’t seem to use any artificial flavorings or colors, which is a huge plus, and for those who are concerned, the rim of the can also says that the drink is ‘GMO-free’, or free of genetically modified organisms, really hammering home the point that it’s organically grown.
Is Guru energy drink bad for you?
I personally don’t think that Guru energy drink is particularly bad for you. Some general side effects to take note of when drinking energy drinks are:
- Caffeine overdose
- Adverse neurological effects on children and adolescents
With Guru, a caffeine overdose is only likely if you over-consume, and you have to be aware of your individual caffeine sensitivity as well as the other caffeinated products you will be consuming.
Cavities might also be a problem, because Guru is pretty sweet, at 21g of sugar. The acidic nature of the drink could also increase sensitivity in your teeth and cause erosion of your teeth.
Guru energy drink prices
It costs $7.58 for a pack of 4 Guru energy drinks, and $48.99 for a pack of 24 drinks. That comes out to around $2 per can, give or take.
$2 is not an unreasonable price to pay for an energy drink, I think, and especially because the ingredients are supposed to be of high quality and organically sourced. If you’re willing to pay a bit more for a healthy energy drink, then this is the drink for you.
If you want to explore another equally as healthy option, which has the added bonus of efficiency, try REIZE energy drink, a powdered energy drink that is really easy to make, since you just add the liquid of your choice to it. Including good old fashioned water, which is as healthy as drinks get.
Where to buy Guru energy drink
You can get Guru energy drink online at their store, where it comes in a pack of 24.
You can get smaller packs of 4 in stores or at gas stations and supermarkets.
A pack of 24 is pretty big, so I definitely would advise you to give the drink a try before settling for such a huge pack of drinks. It makes sense considering that they’re such a small operation, but I’ve spoken before about what I think about companies who foist these huge packs of drinks on their consumers.
It might be awesome if you’re a regular consumer of the drink in order to have the simple and easy option to get 24 cans delivered directly to your door, but the issue is for people who just want to try the drink but don’t have a convenient way to get it.
Those who do opt for that and end up not liking it will be forced to sell off the drinks through third parties, which then forces the customer to carry the burden of paying for the drink but also being the ones who have to get rid of it.
Guru energy drink review
My first impression of the drink can was that it was very sleek and attractive, and had quite a nice design and color combination. Overall very professional and interesting to look at.
All the text was easy to read and clearly set out, and I had no trouble taking a look at the ingredients. It did strike me as trying to emulate the high class status of Red Bull, especially when combining the silver and red, but it managed to create something completely new with these colors which was different in its own way.
The slogan of ‘Organic Energy’ was clear, efficient, and was not false advertising, after I had a look at the ingredients behind. The can also fit nicely in my hand, and wasn’t a chunky monster like some other 16 fl.oz energy drinks- like Monster!
I was interesting to see that Guru was mostly clear colored when I poured it out into a cup, with perhaps a tinge of yellow. That was a good sign that it wasn’t artificially colored, and the yellowish coloring mostly came from the organic ingredients.
I couldn’t quite pinpoint what the taste was, however. It was a bit sour, a bit sweet, but nothing was really popping through. I didn’t manage to try the flavored water drinks, but it would have been interesting to compare what the difference was between the fruit flavors and this one.
It wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting, given that 21g of sugar is packed into that tiny can, but I think it was just enough to offset the sourness of the actual ingredients.
Guru was nicely carbonated and that gave me a really fresh impression, and it did not have an unpleasant aftertaste at all. I also didn’t feel like my mouth was shrivelling up in dehydration like with most other energy drinks that contain a ton of sugar.
I started off the day pretty sleepy, but this drink gave me a gradual energy boost about half an hour after I drank it. I did find that I was able to concentrate well, but the combined sour and sweetness of the drink made me feel that I needed to brush my teeth after drinking it, which I did.
The amount of caffeine was clearly significant, because the drink carried me through for a couple of hours, and I didn’t feel any unpleasant crash afterwards.
Overall, I think that this was pretty effective, and set out to do what it said on the can- give an organic energy boost.
Final Roundup- Guru energy drink
I think when considering all the factors- price, taste, effect and health, Guru energy drink may be one of the better drinks on the market.
I would give this drink an 8/10.
It isn’t too overpriced, and can compete with some of the most popular energy drinks out there like Red Bull, which is a similarly sized drink.
It’s taste is quite nice, and it’s not as sugary sweet as those drinks that use artificial sweeteners- I would personally prefer this over the others because the taste is such an important part of the drinking experience. However, this might not be for everyone, as it is a bit sour.
The effect is as to be desired- it does improve focus and concentration as well as give you some extra energy, so that means that it does what it says on the can. The energy kick might not be has strong as some of the other drinks that pack double the amount of caffeine, but I think if you’re watching your health and want a better option, this is it.
Alternatives to Guru 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 Guru, take a look at:
- Red Bull
- Monster Import (different to original Monster)
- Rip It
- Bing energy drink
- Bang (not to be confused with Bing!)
If you want something a bit different and more efficient, try caffeine pills, which give you an energy boost that is more direct than Guru, but perhaps without the great taste.
Then, there’s a whole bunch of other caffeinated products to explore, like Mio water enhancer by Kraft.
Powdered energy drinks are also a really good option, and they tend to be more convenient and also more affordable than a lot of the more famous energy drinks on the market, but with the same great flavor and efficacy:
In particular, REIZE is an energy drink that is easy to carry around and to make – just add water. At 50mg of caffeine, REIZE doesn’t have the same amount of caffeine that Guru does, but it is a lot more 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 Guru and most of the energy drinks on the market.
Give it a try today and you might just find that you prefer REIZE to Guru.