Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Energy Drink = Sugar + Caffeine + Carbonated Water + other stuff

I was reading Metro (free newspaper) this morning, full of the usual mix of trashy and important news.

Then I got to page 20 with a headline that included: "25p energy drink..."and I just had to put up this post because it's getting frustrating now!

Thanks to money being injected into advertising these drinks, they are becoming more popular. Not only are they marketed as instant energy providers, you can find cocktails using them as a main ingredient and buy them for as little as 25p! Don't get me started on how 25p is profitable to the company, what are they putting in their drinks that they can be sold for that little??

A popular Energy drink (yes that one you thought about) contains, amongst other ingredients, carbonated water, sucrose + glucose (which adds up to the equivalent of ~6 teaspoons of sugar) and caffeine (roughly the same amount in a cup of coffee).
 So, you drink this and you're getting a sugar high + a caffeine high, a temporary one. People have these drinks 1st thing in the morning, so much sugar and their day hasn't even started. (I won't go on about the other ingredients to avoid boring you but they're not great either).

This article went on to share some more "helpful" information about another brand of Energy drinks (sold for 30p!), I had to share the ingredients:

Carbonated water, Sugar, Glucose-fructose Syrup, Citric acid, Taurine (0.4%), Glucuronolactone (0.24%) (Not in the 1litre bottle), Flavouring (including Caffeine (0.03%)), Acidity regulator (Sodium Citrates), Inositol, Colours (SulfiteAmmonia caramelCarmoisine), Vitamins (Niacin, B5, B6, B2, B12), Preservative (Sodium Benzoate)

The 1st 3/4 ingredients make up more than 90% of the drink, Sugar AND Glucose Fructose Syrup is SUGAR AND SUGAR!

Trust me, I am VERY aware of what it feels like needing instant energy. Some mornings I have to drag myself out of bed to get to the gym before 7. This can be achieved in a healthier manner, with longer lasting energy than short, quick sugar highs.

Healthier options to get quick energy, on the go include:
  • A protein bar: Eg 9-Bar (Read Review HERE) and Bounce Ball (Read Review HERE)
  • Peanut/Almond (or any nut butter) on a slice of toast or on it's own (1 teaspoon or tablespoon)
  • Fruit eg Apple, Banana, etc
So please... step away from that Energy Drink! Thanks ;)
Photo Credit: A.C.T

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