Three Types of Energy Drinks to Help You Get Through the Day

A caffeinated beverage isn’t what it used to be and there are some beneficial, sugar-free alternatives that can give your body a jolt.

Man driving a car while drinking an energy drink
The wrong kind of energy drink can work against you, but one that’s low in sugar, calories, and caffeine can give you the boost you need.Monster Energy

Stimulants have been an ingredient in commercial beverages since at least the 1880s, which is when Coca-Cola debuted its one-two punch of both coca leaves (from which cocaine is derived) and kola nuts (a source of caffeine). Modern energy drinks rely primarily on caffeine and a few other ingredients to offer consumers a boost in daily routines ranging from job performance to gym workouts. While there is debate over the health effects of imbibing too many energy drinks too often, there is no doubt that many people find them an invigorating part of everyday life. If you are searching for a kicker in a can, think about these traits before deciding whether an energy drink is right for you.

Sugar-Free

Red Bull Energy Drink Sugar Free
If you’re counting calories, consider an energy drink without the sucrose.Red Bull

Early versions of modern energy drinks were heavy on sugar. Newer iterations of the same brands feature sugar-free drinks that offer the same pick-me-up without all the excess sucrose.

Zero Calories

Monster Energy Zero Ultra, Sugar Free Energy Drink
Pick a diet energy drink that doesn’t contain sugar to avoid putting on the calories you just lost during your workout.Monster Energy

Besides lower sugar content, it’s now possible to enjoy your energy drink without adding a lot of calories. Just beware that achieving a zero-calorie drink that still has a pleasing taste may mean artificial sweeteners. If you have a known reaction to such products, study the ingredients carefully. And always enjoy in moderation!

Good Tasting

CELSIUS Sparkling Orange Fitness Drink
The best fitness drink is one that can get your body ready for a workout and supply essential vitamins and minerals at the same time.CELSIUS

As energy drinks have become more popular over the years, so has the demand for products that taste good. Lightly carbonated versions with a hint of citrus or other fruit flavors help those 12 fluid ounces of super-stoked goodness go down a little smoother than they used to.

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