If you’re the typical American, you’ve probably consumed a few (or if you’re like me, been hooked on) energy drinks. The large amounts of energy are exhilarating at first, but soon turn into a necessity. At first glance, many do not seem too unhealthy since the release of drinks incorporating “Ultra” and “Zero”.
I’m not a doctor, nor a scientist. But let’s go over a few of the basic nutrition facts. As far as calories go, they look fairly sound. No fat? Either a single or no carbs? No protein? And it sure tastes better than a bottle of water, huh?
As far as supplements that are involved, it generally lists caffeine (around 150-200g!) and some outrageous amounts of B vitamins. Then we get to the ingredients. This is where things start to really get nasty. Artificial sweeteners like Sucralose and Aspartame have shown to cause numerous health problems. Then there are the preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, food coloring..whoa. Let’s just stop there and find a way to replace these things.
Coffee is the first on many-a-list. This is where you can replace that caffeine. While it is not healthy to continue drinking caffeine at the rate you do in an energy drink, generally you’re not able to plow through a coffee like you would an energy drink either.
While doubtful if you’re eating a full primal palate, you may still be B-vitamin deficient. Taking a B-complex or eating a healthy assortment of B vitamin rich foods should help with those natural energy levels.
We often feel fatigued when we are dehydrated, and we often don’t know that we’re getting dehydrated. If you’re feeling sluggish, try to start troubleshooting with a tall glass of water.
Whether it’s green, black, white, or oolong, this may be another option for an energy drink alternative. While not as much caffeine as coffee, most of these should give you a little boost. As a bonus, they’re full of powerful antioxidants.
5. Infused Water
If you’re in it for the taste and not so much the energy, then infused water may be more up your alley. Your choices are limited only to the combinations that you can come up with(or find online)!
Hopefully now we’ll all be able to avoid those nasty energy drinks! So what’s worked for you? Might this list help to curb your cravings?