For anyone who relies on sugary energy drinks for their daily dose of, umm, energy, listen to this!
Experts say adding even a single can of energy drink a day to your liquid intake could cause more than 29 pounds of weight gain in a year!
Here are 5 of the worst energy drinks on the market that experts advise to stay clear of with some suitable replacements.
5-Hour Energy may be low on calories, but nobody knows exactly what is in this jolt of energy. Consumer Reports was recently DENIED a copy of the companies research to support their claims of using a variety of vitamins and other energy promoting compounds.
Hmm…seems like they are trying to hide some information from the public! A bottle of 5-Hour Energy has 4 calories, 0 sugar, and 135 mg of caffeine. You know gives you MORE caffeine and 0 calories for half the price? A cup of black coffee!
Redline Power Rush, an energy shot similar to 5-Hour Energy, boasts 7 hours of energy, but has so much caffeine (326mg), the company's website warns to only drink half of the shot and keep away from minors!
The product also recommends that those with family histories of high blood pressure, enlarged prostates, glaucoma, or any one of six other ailments, need to consult a physician before use
Save yourself the check-up and drink Sugar-Free Red Bull instead. It offers the same low-cal advantage with a more reasonable amount of caffeine (75mg).
Amp Energy is a soda/energy drink hybrid that contains 220 calories, 58 grams of sugar, and 142 mg of caffeine. Downing one 16 oz. can is the equivalent of pouring 14 spoonfuls of sugar down your throat.
Consider Xenergy Mango Guava instead, which has more caffeine, all of the natural additives and none of the sugar or calories.
For those who just can't get enough of Starbucks, try to get away from Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino, which is loaded with 290 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 46 grams of sugar, and only 108 mg of caffeine.
Instead, check out Rockstar Roasted Coffee + Energy Light Vanilla with a third of the calories, a third of the sugar, and double the caffeine!
Be especially weary of Vault Red Blitz which is what some experts consider to be diabetes in a bottle if over-indulged upon.
The drink contains a whopping 290 calories, 78 grams of sugar, and 115 mg of caffeine. A less-sugary/diabetes inducing beverage choice to give you a boost of energy may be Rockstar Recovery. It contains more caffeine with 160 mg, only 20 calories, and 2 grams of sugar.
It's your body, but if you care about it, check those labels before guzzling down an energy drink on the reg.
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