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What’s in your Energy Drink?

By: Peter D. Bouloukos

About the Author

Peter D. Bouloukos has created, operated, and owned three successful restaurant concepts. He has worked both small and large corporate business in the fields of management, leadership,and concept development. He is a successful investor, and also a Leadership based Management Coach. He believes in doing the right things, at the right times, for the right reasons…good reasons!

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What is in your popular Lo-Carb Energy Drink?

Carbonated Water
Your Lo Carb Energy Drinks are comprised of Carbonated Water, and a series of weak additives that mostly are used as food preservatives. The only plant derived things in a Monster is a Root Ginseng Extract, and Guarana Extract. The Guarana Extract is not listed in any measurement. There is a reason why you can buy these “Energy” drinks on sale at convenience stores…there is no real energy in the drinks. It’s carbonated water with chemicals and two plants.

The Caffeine is not from natural sources.

Scientifically speaking, you can not have real energy without “Carbohydrates!” Figure that one out when the Carbs are listed as 3g on the can I am reviewing. The fake sugars trick you into thinking you have energy, and then the crash comes!

The “Natural Flavors” are not listed by ingredient…so what is natural about the flavor. Well look at the masking sugar substitutes, and you will get the base of the flavor along with corn starch.

The Energy Blend
The “Energy” is comprised of Glucose, and then L-Carnitine, which are both pretty basic and easy to come by. The 2500mg of “Energy” also includes Inositol, something that scientific research deems as non-essential for human nutrition. Further, Maltodextrin is basically corn starch, and is also listed as part of the “energy blend.” Maltodextrin is absorbed by the body immediately and along with the fake sugars and processed caffeine is part of the reason for the “crash” you receive about forty minutes after you drink one of these products. Glucuronolactone is the last of the “Energy Blend. Rumor goes on to say that Glucuronolactone was banned due to several brain tumor-related deaths back in the 1970’s. No scientific proof of this, but why even try?!!!

The Ingredients
Below are all of the listed ingredients in a very popular Lo Carb “Energy Drink.” We are what we eat. What we eat should also be fuel. The FOOD we put in our bodies should produce energy. What we put in our body should be nutritional. We are all comprised of cells. I think we forget that we are a living, breathing organism! Remember, 1/4 of what we eat keeps us alive (it does not necessarily keep us healthy), 3/4 of what Americans eat keeps the pharmaceutical companies, big government, and doctors in business!

Glucose is a ubiquitous fuel in biology. It is used as an energy source in most organisms, from bacteria to humans. Glucose is a primary source of energy for the brain, and hence its availability influences psychological processes. When glucose is low, psychological processes requiring mental effort.

Citric Acid
Citric acid is a weak organic acid, and it is a natural preservative and is also used to add an acidic, or sour, taste to foods and soft drinks. In biochemistry, it is important as an intermediate in the citric acid cycle and therefore occurs in the metabolism of virtually all-living things. It can also be used as an environmentally benign cleaning agent. Where does the Citric Acid come from in this beverage? No citrus fruits are listed.

Natural Flavors
What are these natural flavors? No fruit or berries are listed as an ingredient on the can???

Taurine is an organic acid. It is also a major constituent of bile and can be found in the lower intestine and in small amounts in the tissues of many animals. Taurine is necessary for normal skeletal muscle functioning…but humans naturally produce Taurine.

Sodium Citrate
It possesses a saline, or mildly tart, flavor. Trisodium citrate is chiefly used as a food additive, usually for flavor or as a preservative.

Color Added
Where is the color added from? No ingredients or dye’s are listed???

Panax Ginseng Root Extract
“Panax” is the “Genus” of the Ginseng Family. Ginseng has a healing effect, as well as a stimulant quality.

In humans, caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, having the effect of temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness. The caffeine in these drinks either originates from the ingredients used or is an additive derived from the product of decaffeination or from chemical synthesis.

Sorbic Acid
Sorbic Acid is a natural organic compound used as a food preservative. Sorbic acid and its mineral salts, such as sodium sorbate, potassium sorbate and calcium sorbate, are antimicrobial agents often used as preservatives in food and drinks to prevent the growth of mold, yeast and fungi. In general, the salts are preferred over the acid form because they are more soluble in water.

Sucralose is a zero-calorie sugar substitute artificial sweetener. Sucralose is approximately 600 times as sweet as sucrose (table sugar),[2] twice as sweet as saccharin, and 3.3 times as sweet as aspartame. It is manufactured by the selective chlorination of sucrose (table sugar), which converts three of the hydroxyl groups to chlorides.

Benzoic Acid
This weak acid and its salts are used as a food preservative. Benzoic acid is an important precursor for the synthesis of many other organic substances. Benzoic acid is used to make a large number of chemicals!!! Benzoic acid is present as part of hippuric acid (N-Benzoylglycine) in urine of mammals, especially herbivores.

In living cells, it is required for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol into the mitochondria during the breakdown of lipids (or fats) for the generation of metabolic energy

Nicotinamide has demonstrated the ability to block the inflammatory actions of the body. It is also known to help with skin disorders such as acne. It is not a naturally occurring substance.

Acesulfame Potassium
Acesulfame potassium is a calorie-free artificial sweetener. Acesulfame K is often blended with other sweeteners (usually sucralose or aspartame). These blends are reputed to give a more sugar-like taste whereby each sweetener masks the other’s aftertaste, and/or exhibits a synergistic effect by which the blend is sweeter than its components.

Sodium Chloride
Sodium Chloride is commonly used as a food preservative…it’s salt.

Glucuronolactone is a naturally occurring chemical produced by the metabolism of glucose in the human liver. It is an important structural component of nearly all connective tissues. Glucuronolactone is also found in many plant gums. It has received some notoriety due to urban legends that it