What Are The Energy Drink Benefits?

Let's talk about energy drink benefits.  What are the pros and cons of this popular product line?  Do they work?  Are they healthy for you?  We are going to find the answers to those questions together.

Energy Drink Benefits & Cautions

In kitchens, gyms and places of work everywhere, energy drinks are used to "get us going" each and every day; sometimes multiple times per day.  They seem to work, but do they?  The fact of the matter is, most of them are doing more harm than good.

For purposes of this article, I am going to focus on a comparison between the full-sugar versions of energy drinks vs. pre-workout drinks.  Why?  Because this is a fitness and weight loss website and my goal is to help you be successful at implementing and maintaining a lean lifestyle change.  I would not want you to be like every other person who has been convinced by clever marketing that energy drinks are a great thing to drink before your workout.  That simply isn't true.  There are two reasons why I have concluded as such. 

  1. Ingredients - Hopefully, you have gleaned from this website that it is very important to monitor what you are putting into your body.  Here is a typical ingredient list for a can of energy drink (per their label, a can is 2 servings):  54 g of sugar, 360 mg of sodium, 50 mg of B vitamins, 2g of taurine, L-carnitine, caffeine, glucose (more sugar), inositol, maltodextrin (still more sugar), maybe some ginseng.     The ingredients in a pre-workout powder from a respected brand such as Kaged Muscle or Gaspari will have ingredient profiles similar to this:  50-250mg of B & C vitamins, 3-6g of L-citrulline, creatine, amino acids (taurine, etc.), caffeine and various natural vegetable extracts.   Which would you rather put in your body?  The one with tons of sugar, sodium and preservatives or the one without any of that plus an assortment of good-for-you nutritional supplements that I discuss on this website.  That is a pretty easy answer, for me.
  2. Cost - Now, many people think that sports nutrition supplements are expensive, and they can be.  But a can of most national brand energy drinks will set you back roughly $2.00.  A one-scoop serving of most of the well-respected pre-workout beverages that you mix with water yourself will cost between $1.00 and $1.75, depending on the ingredients. 

So, if energy drinks cost you more and are not as good for you, why on earth would you drink them before a workout instead of a quality pre-workout beverage?  Simply put, you should NOT.  No, there aren't really any energy drink benefits.

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