Analyzing Energy Drinks

Analyzing Energy Drinks

What’s inside an energy drink?

Energy drinks, as they are inaccurately labelled, are ready-to-drink food preparations, based on a solution with sugar and a high caffeine content, and usually amino acids and vitamins too.

The most typical composition of this type of drink is:

IngredientWhat it is
Carbonated waterWater with gas
SugarWhite table sugar (sucrose)
Citric acidAcidifying Additive
TaurineAmino acid
Artificial flavouringsFlavourings
Sodium bicarbonateAdditive – Acidity Corrector
Magnesium CarbonateAdditive – Acidity Corrector
Caramel colouringAdditive – colouring
CaffeineAlkaloid (1 3 7-trimethylxanthine)
VitaminsMix of vitamins
All ingredients have a safety report issued by the European Food Safety Authority and are also safe to market at the doses present in a can of energy drink.

Nutritional analysis of energy drinks

Numerous commercial brands of drinks with this profile are available on the market:

  • Monster.
  • Rockstar.
  • Burn.
  • Red Bull.

In addition to other brands that have jumped on the bandwagon of sugar-free energy drinks, trying to carve out a niche for themselves in the fitness market, with great success in some cases.

The above-mentioned drinks differ little from each other, only in the particularities of their formulation (more sweetness, more carbonic acid, more intense colour, etc.).

MonsterRed BullBurnRockstar
Quantity500ml250ml250/500ml500ml
Calories (Kcal/100ml)47466251
Sugars (g/100ml)11111512
Caffeine (mg/100ml)32323232
Price (€)1.331.290.910.96
ScoreYes checkYes checkYes checkYes checkYes checkYes checkYes check
Other commercial drinks contain some caffeine (such as cola drinks), but generally less, and are usually not considered energy drinks but “soft drinks”.

Evogamers, the HSN energy drink

Evogamers is a vegan dietary supplement powder, made from ingredients especially selected to help gamers, students and athletes with their performance.

Evogamers

Evogamers from HSN.

Caffeine helps to increase alertness and improve concentration, at doses of at least 75mg per intake.

The Evogamers formula is exclusive to HSN – you won’t find it with other brands – and its effectiveness is backed by a systematic review of the scientific literature of its compounds .

Its flavours have been developed into authentic delights, with fruity explosions of:

  • Cherry.
  • Lemon.
  • Orange.
  • Blue raspberry.
  • Apple.
Looking for an authentic burst of energy? Evogamers is the one for you!If you want to find out more, don’t miss out on this post.

What makes Evogamers unique?

Evogamers is a product that’s ready to mix in water and replenish, creating an energy drink with a high caffeine content, ideal for your most mentally demanding sessions.

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What makes Evogamers unique is:

Effectiveness

Unlike other preparations on the market, Evogamers does not limit itself to using a significant amount of caffeine as the only effective compound.

In our case, we use other ingredients backed by scientific evidence too, such as Huperzine A from Huperzia serrata, a plant that improves overall mental functioning (Sun et al., 1999).

Price

While the commercial drinks described above are priced at around €1-1.5 per unit, Evogamers has a much more affordable price and a much more complete formula.

This is made possible by the efficiency of the production of the powdered format, as opposed to the expense of developing cans of carbonated drinks.

One serving of Evogamers costs around 70 cents.

Taste

Evogamers has a choice of 5 different flavours, whereas most of the commercial drinks listed above base their market on the classic “energy” flavour.

More variety with Evogamers!

Compared to the highest rated drink in the table above:

EvogamersRockstar
Quantity500ml500ml
Calories (Kcal/100ml)<1051
Sugars (g/100ml)n/a12
Caffeine (mg/100ml)6032
Price (€/serving)0.700.96
ScoreYes checkYes checkYes checkYes checkYes checkYes checkYes checkYes check

Is it bad to drink energy drinks?

As many as 68% of adolescents aged 10-18 are regular consumers of energy drinks, the figure for adults drops to 30% but still remains high, according to data from EFSA’s 2013 report.

Caffeine drink

Faced with this large number of consumers, and the presence of the much-feared E-number food additives… Are energy drinks bad?

Energy drinks contain ingredients that are considered safe in isolation, and their combination does not appear to present any negative interactions of concern (EFSA, 2015).

The main problems associated with the use of energy drinks are caffeine intoxication when a large amount of caffeine is used, although intakes of up to 3mg/kg body weight have been conservatively assessed as safe by the European Food Safety Authority, and there is ample evidence of safe use of doses of up to 5mg/kg body weight.

Someone weighing 70kg can safely consume up to 350mg per intake.

Doses of up to 400mg per day are also considered safe, however, the effects of non-lethal caffeine intoxication correspond to the following table:

5 or more signs or symptoms that appear during or shortly after caffeine consumption:
  1. Restlessness.
  2. Nervousness.
  3. Excitement.
  4. Insomnia.
  5. Facial flushing.
  6. Diuresis.
  7. Gastrointestinal disorders.
  8. Muscle spasms.
  9. Divagations of thoughts and speech.
  10. Tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmia.
  11. Periods of fatigue.
  12. Psychomotor agitation.

Linked to clinically significant distress or impairment in important areas of functioning. According to DSM-5 diagnostic criteria.

Caffeine - Energy Drinks

If you experience these effects, you should contact a doctor immediately.

The consumption of energy drinks is generally considered safe, as long as the doses per intake and the daily doses stated in the instructions for use are respected.

Precautions to take when consuming energy drinks

The principal potentially harmful events associated with the use of energy drinks, provided they are consumed by healthy people, in the absence of pre-existing cardiovascular pathologies, are:

  • Use immediately before or during intense physical exercise with high cardiometabolic demands.
  • Use in combination with spirits of high alcoholic strength, in large quantities.
You should avoid using products with high caffeine content under these conditions.

Bibliographic References

  1. Al-Shaar, L., Vercammen, K., Lu, C., Richardson, S., Tamez, M., & Mattei, J. (2017). Health effects and public health concerns of energy drink consumption in the United States: A mini-review. Frontiers in Public Health, 5(AUG), 225.
  2. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author.
  3. Zucconi, S., Volpato, C., Adinolfi, F., Gandini, E., Gentile, E., Loi, A., & Fioriti, L. (2017). Gathering consumption data on specific consumer groups of energy drinks. EFSA Supporting Publications, 10(3).

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About Alfredo Valdés
Alfredo Valdés
A specialist in Pathophysiology and biomolecular effects on nutrition and sportive activity who will show you the elaborate world of sports nutrition in his articles, employing a simple and critical writing.
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