Nowadays people always want to push themselves to the limit. They love to challenge themselves and go beyond their capabilities. They engage in extreme sports and activities that they believe can give them pleasure, satisfaction and a sense of achievement. More often than not, however, these activities are, to a certain degree, physically punishing and demanding. And because people want to boost their energy in order to achieve the ultimate, they resort to taking food supplements and energy drinks to increase their stamina and performance.
Energy drinks generally contain caffeine, Vitamin B, herbs and lots of sugar. Of these ingredients, caffeine is the most vital component, as it is a stimulant and responsible in enhancing a person’s alertness.
There are a variety of energy drink options in the market, some of which are produced by large beverage companies and bear popular names. Food and drug authorities do not exactly discourage people from taking these drinks, but there are precautions on the dangers of too much and habitual consumption of these beverages. But because these drinks are also known to quench thirst as well as increase endurance, they are widely patronized and loved.
The following is a comparison of several energy drink producers with their merchandise out in the market:
- Protegy-Protein Energy Drink. Sold at $2.99, this energy drink is constituted with ginseng, Vitamin B, protein and caffeine. It contains with 110 calories, which is lower than those of other energy drinks, has no sugar, no carbohydrates and no fat. The plus factor that attracts drinkers to this product is the dual-benefit it gives as a protein and energy drink.
- 5-Hour Energy-Grape Drink. In order to be more appealing to consumers, this energy drink has been designed with added fruit flavors of different kinds. Flavor enhancements include orange, lemon lime, berry and the latest, which is grape. It also offers extra-strength and decaf varieties to cater to the drinkers’ tastes and preferences. Extra-strength 5-Hour Energy Grape Drink is preferred by people who want extra kick and longer endurance, while the decaf variety is picked by drinkers who have pre-existing heart and hypertensive conditions.
- Monster Nitrous: Super Dry. Known to give that horsepower kick, this energy drink has for its ingredients the following: Vitamins B2, 3, 6 and 12; 2000 milligrams of Taurine, guarana extract, caffeine and carbonated water. The taste may be a little weird at first, but as you continue to drink, you get accustomed to it and it easily settles on the throat.
- Opta Organic Energy Drink. This energy drink comes in two flavors: orange and berry. It is available in 16 ounces. Its taste is quite bland, mainly because it is certified as USDA Organic. The sweetener used in this drink comes from organic cane juice.
- Jolt Energy Shot. Sold at $2.99 per can, this energy drink contains caffeine, B-Vitamins, guarana, taurine and ginseng. It is not carbonated, and the latest product in the market has a wild-grape taste. Jolt Energy Shot has no sugar added, making it taste a little lame, but if you want added perk and kick, and stronger taste, you may try Jolt Endurance Shot.
With the competition very stiff in the market, energy drink producers try to make their products stand out by adding extra ingredients or by introducing varieties that appeal to the penchants of consumers. There is nothing wrong with taking energy drinks as long as they are taken in moderation.