The Most Healthy Energy Drinks (Ranked)
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.
Ingredients to Avoid in an Energy Drink
Sugar might juice you quickly, but it's going to have a strong crash and screws up both your glucose and energy levels throughout the day. Unfortunately, most drinks are packed with these.
Proprietary blends are often stood up to sound impressive or scientific, but they're usually a way to group a bunch of trace amounts of minerals together and act like it's going to be more effective than it actually is.
Ingredients to Look for in an Energy Drink
Caffeine is a known stimulant and proven to improve focus and work capacity. However, overdoing caffeine can make people nauseous or jittery thoughout the day.
Taurine is known to help increase work capacity and blood flow. It's the primary ingredient that gave red bull it's name.
L-theanine is often paired with caffeine to help "take the edge off" the caffeine jitters and give you more of a smooth, easy focus.
CoQ10 is a great ingredient that can increase blood flow, testosterone, and exercise capacity. However, it's gotten increasingly expensive over the past couple years and the majority of mixes that use this don't use it to it's clinical effective dosages.
Creatine is a great performance enhancing compound known to help improve exertion in exercise. However, most drinks that claim this as an ingredient don't have enough for it to be effective.
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 Energy Drinks)
Impossible Endurance is a new energy drink mix supplement from IMPOSSIBLE ®. Formulated to have all the bang of your favorite energy drink, with better taste and "less junk that's bad for you" - Impossible endurance has been designed for elite athletes and high performance humans - it creates a long lasting level of energy with zero crash.
Impossible Endurance is a drink mix that's low sugar, keto friendly, but still packs a punch. Also, because there's no sugar to spike your blood sugar levels - you avoid the crash that comes with most standard energy drinks (even healthy ones).
It's currently out of stock, but you can pre-order it here.
Caveman Coffee Nitro
If you want a blast to the face of 300mg of caffeine without all the sugar - pick up some Caveman Nitro Cold Brew. 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.
Nocco stands for the no carbs company. While we can get behind that - the majority of their sweeteners are sucralose instead of more natural ones like monk fruit or stevia. Because of this - and our tendency to avoid artificial sweeteners - NOCCO gets knocked down the list a little bit. Their flavor choices seem "off" a little bit - but that's likely due to the artificial sweetener that we are not used to.
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 - like skydiving from the edge of space.
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 erithytol (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 efficacious 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. Avoid these and don't bother with them.
The Worst of the Worst Energy Drinks
Don't drink these. 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 like 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 illustrations. Same issues from a formula perspective and not any improvement on the taste profile.
5 Hour Energy
Shot to death. Literally. I know people are mixed on energy drink taste - but this one doesn't even taste good. The one benefit is that it's less liquid - so I guess there are less calories? They're also in stock everywhere so that can be a bonus in the clutch - but I've had this one time to taste it out and that was enough for a lifetime.
So what do you think? Did we miss any? What's your favorite healthy energy drink out there?