3 alternatives to energy drinks and what’s best for your body


Hannah Young , Online Editor

Energy drinks come with a bad reputation with the high energy levels and caffeine content that they contain. The market for energy drinks are popular with a global market of $39 billion in 2013 and forecasted to bring in $61 billion by 2021 according to CNN. Newer alternatives are coming out on the market to reduce the downside of energy drinks, such as fast heart rate and risk of heart attack 

Energy drinks are known to contain levels of taurine, caffeine, sugar and B vitamins, which are safe to consume. What happens to your body after consuming is the question. When you take a sip, your heart begins to pump faster than before. You can begin to experience symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, muscle twitching and periods of inexhaustibility according to CNN. Natural or better alternatives are available instead of consuming popular energy drinks that may not be safe. 

Healthy alternatives to energy drinks can be food or drinks. Food-wise alternatives include almonds, string cheese, salmon, brown rice, and walnuts. These foods are lean proteins with a healthy amount of carbs to give you a boost of energy. Drinkwise, there are many alternatives to Redbull or Monster. 

V8+ Energy

These healthy alternatives have 50 calories. The little cans of energy have green tea extract, which gives its caffeine level alongside vitamins C and B with iron. The taste is made up of a vegetable juice blend, which has sweet potatoes, purple carrots, and carrot juice in it. 

Clean Cause Energy Sparkling Water 

This energizing water holds caffeine from green coffee bean extract with sweetness coming from organic fruit flavors and natural flavors. The water is light in calories and low in sugar. It has 30 calories and only 4 grams of sugar. 

RUNA Energy Drinks 

RUNA is brewed with organic guayusa tea, which are tea leaves that are a naturally occurring source of caffeine from South America. These energy drinks contain up to 150 milligrams of caffeine in one 12-ounce can. 

Energy drinks can cause harmful potential to your body if used incorrectly. Energy drinks are only meant for a short energy boost but with added sugars and vitamins they are doing more harm than good. Using safer alternatives instead of energy drinks can help your health and overall body.