What are the most healthy energy drinks on the market?
We're glad you asked.
We've answered in the past if energy drinks are bad for you. The answer? It sort of depends. That said, there are some healthy options there out on the market.
Here's our top list of the most healthy ones in existence with some caveats along the way. Let's get started.
The Most Healthy Energy Drinks (Top 5)
I really want to tell you what this is, but you're just going to have to wait. Don't worry though - it's coming - and it's going to be be better than anything else out on the market. Just wait.
Caveman Coffee Nitro
If you want a blast to the face of 300mg of caffeine without all the sugar - pick up some Caveman Nitro. I know what you're thinking - coffee as an energy drink? Most of the coffee I've had in can form is just lacking - but however Caveman did it - they did a great from the flavor, to the mouthfeel, to the fact that you're loaded with energy with absolute zero sugar.
It sounds weird, but in some respect, your best bet for an energy drink is...a bomb-ass coffee? Hey - it works.
Runa is a guayasa based tea drink. They sell tea, but their energy drinks. The big drawback is that they have a huge. Their non-sweetened ones frankly - don't taste very good - but if you're willing to switch up your caffeine source - they're worth a shot.
Jocko - you know Jocko - has launched his own energy drink - Jocko Go. I'm not sure we can actually call it healthy, but we don't want to piss Jocko off and have him get after us - so we're going to leave this one here.
We are literally giving Red Bull a pass because they encourage a lifestyle that is healthy, adventurous and if energy drinks are going to kill you - you might as well die early doing red bull types of things.
The drink itself though? Not good for you at all.
Middle of the Road
These are "okay" but we certainly wouldn't call them "healthy energy drinks" by any imagination.
3D Energy Drinks
These are pitched as "clean" or "smooth" energy drinks. The low calorie count is helpful but it does contains sucralose and erithhtol (be careful as this can reek havoc on some people's stomachs).
We will give them this - their can branding is great.
Sold in gyms with creatine, BANG is likely to be thought of as the "healthy energy drink" for bodybuilders, etc.
To be quite honest, this would go higher on the list, but 1) the creatine content is not reported as is the CoQu10 quantity. CoQu10 in any effacacious dosage is very expensive and the amount included in these drinks is likely not enough to be seriously helpful.
Great concept though...
Reign markets themselves to Crossfitters. To be honest, it just sort of feels like a gym version of Monster.
The Worst of the Worst
Not even once.
UpTime has a higher end brand. To be honest, we almost included it in the tier above, but then we read it has 39g of sugar in it! We liek the l-theanine and CoQu10, but again - these are in small enough doses not to matter. The sleek can somehow did it's job in making us think it was healthier (for a half second) - which is a good reminder to always read the labels.
Not only do these come in oversized cans, but almost every variation is packed with sugar or sucralose. It covers up the taste, but man - it's not even a little healthy for you.
Monster but with Drawings. Same issues. Not any better taste.
5 Hour Energy
Death by shot. I know people are mixed on energy drink taste - but this one doesn't even taste good.
So what do you think? Did we miss any? What's your favorite healthy energy drink out there?