Is Rockstar Energy Drink Bad For You? (Revealed)

Everyone wants to feel like a rock star, and what better way than with a can of Rockstar Energy Drink?

Advertised to be designed for those with active lifestyles, Rockstar Energy Drink may be your next favorite energy drink whether you’re a distance runner or shredding it out on stage.

But before you ditch your regular brand for a life of rock and roll, let’s find out what exactly is in these cans, and how hard is that fall (if there even is one!).

Nutritional Value Of Rockstar Energy Drink

Typical ValuesPer 100 gPer 16 oz/Can
Energy103 kJ /24 kcal515 kJ/ 122 kcal
Fat
(Of which Saturated)
0 g
(0 g)
0 g
(0 g)
Carbohydrate
(Of which Sugars)
5.1 g
(4.8 g)
26 g
(24 g)
Protein<0.5 g2.0 g
Salt0.16 g0.82 g
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)3.2 mg16 mg
Vitamin B60.28 mg1.4 mg
Vitamin B120.5 µg2.5 µg
Nutritional Information per 16 oz/500 ml can

If we have a look at the nutrition table, you’ll be pleased to know that a can of Rockstar won’t ruin your diet. A regular 16 fl.oz can of Rockstar Energy Drink will run you about 122 kcal per can.

Since the daily calorific intakeOpens in a new tab. for a healthy adult is about 2000 to 2400 kcal for females and 2400 to 3000 kcal for males, a can of Rockstar Energy Drink will definitely give you a boost but is unlikely to ruin your dinner!

rockstar energy drink nutrition label
Nutritional information on the back of the can.

Ingredients of a Rockstar Energy Drink

When determining if an energy drink is good for you, a rule of thumb is to always check their ingredients. The ingredients of a can of Rockstar Energy Drink are as follows:

  • Carbonated Water
  • Sugar
  • Acid (Citric Acid)
  • Flavour Enhancer (Erythritol)
  • Taurine (0.4%)
  • Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate)
  • Flavoring
  • Caffeine (0.04%)
  • Sweeteners (Sucralose, Acesulfame K)
  • Glucuronolactone
  • Colors (Caramel E150c, Riboflavin E101)
  • Guarana Extract (0.01%)
  • Ginseng Extract (0.01%)
  • Inositol
  • Vitamins (Niacin, B6, B12)

Being an energy drink, the presence of sugar and caffeine isn’t all that surprising. There are however some ingredients I would like to highlight, which you will see down below:

Taurine

At 1000 mg per can, there’s actually more taurine present than caffeine in a can of Rockstar (0.4% compared to 0.04%).

Taurine is a naturally occurring amino acid, helping to promote metabolism within the body along with a whole host of other benefitsOpens in a new tab..

This includes being able to decrease the side effects of energy drinks by reducingOpens in a new tab. the cardiovascular effects of caffeine.

While taurine doesn’t seem to cause any major side effects, it’s always best to check with a specialist if you’re not too sure! (better safe than sorry)

Guarana and Ginseng Extracts

Rockstar energy drink guarana and ginseng label
Right there on the can.

With both extracts being 0.01% of the drink, they certainly want you to notice these ingredients right on the can, but what exactly do they do?

Guarana is a plant native to Brazil which boasts an impressive range of stimulants (caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine) and various antioxidantsOpens in a new tab..

Research suggests Opens in a new tab.that it may help in reducing fatigue and also provide you with a quick energy boost, which sounds like an absolutely amazing ingredient to have in an energy drink!

However, do note that due to how one of the main components of guarana happens to be caffeineOpens in a new tab., guarana may share caffeine’s shortcomings as well (further details down below).

Ginseng, on the other hand, has long been a component in traditional East Asian medicine, with potential benefits includingOpens in a new tab.:

  • Anti-Inflammatory properties
  • Improved brain function
  • Boosting Your immune system
  • Increase energy levels and
  • Lowering of blood sugar

As a simple addition to any diet, it’s no wonder it found itself in a can of Rockstar as well.

While ginseng may interactOpens in a new tab. with other drugs that might be in your systems, such as alcohol and warfarin, research hasn’t found any potential side effects of consuming straight ginseng extract.

So my verdict is that it’s pretty safe and harmless on its own.

Vitamins (B3, B6, B12)

While there is an upper limit on how much B Vitamins you should take in a day, the amount of vitamins found in Rockstar Energy Drinks is well within the daily limit.

If you’re interested, you can check this handy websiteOpens in a new tab. by Harvard University detailing further information on vitamin consumptions.

And let’s be honest, if there are any ingredients in Rockstar energy drink that might be of concern, it’s probably not the vitamins.

How much Sugar is in a Rockstar?

Every 16 oz/ 500 ml can of Rockstar contains about 24 g of sugar, according to the nutritional label.

a bowl of sugar
Tasty, in small quantities

The American Heart Association recommends a daily sugar intake for healthy adult men and women at 36 g and 25 g respectively.

This means that a can of Rockstar at 24 g of sugar is just on the cusp of the recommended daily intake for both sexes.

Now that’s not to say you can’t go over the sugar limit once in a while, but it’s not something you should be doing daily, as a high sugar intake can lead to a whole list of problemsOpens in a new tab. such as:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Weight Gain
  • Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
  • Cardiovascular Diseases and
  • High Blood PressureOpens in a new tab.

It should be noted that the sugar content of a Rockstar Energy Drink is high enough that those with pre-existing conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) should avoid this version of Rockstar’s blend.

Instead, what I would recommend for you would be the Sugar-Free version or even other sugarless alternatives.

How much Caffeine is in a Rockstar?

You’ll find yourself with 160 mg of caffeine per 16 oz/ 500 ml can of Rockstar, which is middling fairly high in caffeine content when compared to other energy drink brands and the caffeine limitOpens in a new tab. of 400 mg per day.

Personally, I prefer to drink about 50mg to 100mg of caffeine per serving, so as to not get too overwhelmed by the effects of the caffeine.

Of course, every person has a different tolerance to caffeine, so your mileage might vary. Some side-effects of caffeine include:

  • Insomnia
  • Jitters
  • Anxiousness
  • Fast heart rate
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • A feeling of unhappiness (dysphoria)

If you experience any of the above, maybe it’s time to put down that can. So what I would strongly advise you is to know your caffeine limit before you decide to down a Rockstar or two!

Are There Side Effects of Drinking Rockstar Energy Drinks?

Although there are possible side effects of drinking Rockstar Energy Drinks, it is mostly dependent on your metabolism, your sugar/caffeine tolerance level, and the frequency of which you have them.

ReportedOpens in a new tab. side effects of consuming Rockstar Energy Drinks include:

  • Palpitations
  • Shaking
  • Restlessness
  • Gastrointestinal Upset
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches

While these side effects may look rough, it’s best to keep in mind that you’ll probably only experience them if you’ve consumed multiple cans within a short period of time.

Is Rockstar Energy Drink Bad For Your Health?

Rockstar Energy Drink isn’t bad for you if you drink it in moderation. Provided that the rest of your diet is healthy and balanced, it’s perfectly fine for you to drink a can of Rockstar every now and then.

As long as you are healthy, and do not have any pre-existing conditions that are affected by sugar or caffeine intake, a can of Rockstar every now and then shouldn’t really impact your overall health.

This doesn’t mean you should be downing 2 to 3 cans a day! Adding that much sugar and caffeine into your diet (especially if you’re new to energy drinks) is a really bad idea due to the possible side effects.

While a Rockstar may be a great pick-me-up if you’re having a particularly slow day, it’s best to save those occasions for when you really need it.

How Many Rockstars Can I Drink a Day?

While it depends on the individual, I would recommend that you only have one 16 ounce can per day unless you absolutely need that extra pep in your step.

One 16 oz/ 500 ml Can of RockstarDaily Approved Limit (Female/Male)
Calories122 kcal2400 kcal/ 3000 kcal
Sugar24 g25 g / 36 g
Caffeine160 mg400 mg

Looking at the table above, you can see that while the calorie and caffeine count of a can is fairly low compared to the healthy limit, the amount of sugar is actually quite high.

Having even 2 cans a day will put you well over your daily sugar limit. Multiply that by the days in a week and you might eventually find yourself with some serious sugar-related illnesses.

As always, be sure to take your energy drinks in moderation, and try not to double down with other caffeinated beverages such as tea or coffee. Overdosing would only harm you no matter how good of a thing it is.

Types of Rockstar Energy Drinks

A shelf of rockstar energy drinks
So many variations of Rockstars for you to choose from.

Of course, Original isn’t the only flavor and variety of Rockstar Energy Drink available, other options include:

  • Rockstar Sugar-Free
  • Rockstar Recovery Series (Non-carbonated with only 10 calories)
  • Rockstar Pure Zero (No Sugar)
  • Rockstar Thermo (1000 mg of BCAA and 300 mg of caffeine)
  • Rockstar Juiced (No Added Sugars and 20 calories)

So take a tour of what they have to offer before deciding on the Rockstar Energy drink of your choice.

While I’ve personally never tried any of the other flavors, the video below should help give you a rough idea of what’s available and if you’ll like them!

Take a look at the variation of flavors Rockstar has!

Final Thoughts

To conclude, Rockstar Energy Drinks are not bad for you as long as you have them in moderation.

While I personally find the sugar content to be a bit high, especially as more and more energy drinks are taking the sugar-free route, I can’t deny that Rockstar does give you the boost you need.

So if you find that Rockstar Energy Drink is what works best for you, then rock on, superstar!

Rockstar Energy Drink Alternatives

Even if you’re a hardcore fan of Rockstar, it’s always nice to have options, so here are some other brands you might enjoy:

Try REIZE

REIZE energy drink box and glass on the beach

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Or maybe you’re looking for an energy drink with a subtler, more ‘acoustic’ vibe? In any case, why not try REIZE?

REIZE is a powdered energy drink, with each 4 g sachet having 50 mg of caffeine and is completely sugar-free, having only a 11 calorie footprint.

It also contains a whole host of beneficial components such as taurine, ginseng, and B-group vitamins to give you that much-needed energy boost without needing to worry about the crash afterward.

Best of all, you can get it shipped straight to your doorstep for only $1 per sachet, and that’s including shipping costs.

Give REIZE a go today, and start seeing the difference it can make for yourself.

Marty Spargo

I started my own energy drink brand in 2014 and am passionate about educating people about energy drinks so that they can properly understand the ingredients, benefits and risks without being influenced by the marketing messages put out by some brands. You can read my full bio here.

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