Here are the best (and worst) energy drinks, according to dieticians

If it wasn’t for salespeople, the energy drink market (over $22 billion in the U.S. alone) would probably be a fraction of what it is today. These sweet, carbonated beverages help us get pumped up to make calls, overcome the afternoon slump, and make our hands shake so hard that we can barely hold our phones. 

But there’s a dark side to these miracles in a can: a lot of them are really, really bad for you. They’re loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners, and some have more calories than a candy bar (mmmmm, candy). 

We were curious whether some of these drinks were worse than others, so we did a little digging and found a great article that surveyed five nutrition experts to get their take on which cans to grab off the shelf and which ones to avoid. Here they are: 

The best: 

  • Bai Bubbles Sparkling Antioxidant Infusion 
  • MatchaBar Hustle Unsweetened 
  • RUNA Energy Drinks 
  • Hiball Sparkling Energy Water
  • Zevia Energy
  • EBOOST Super Fuel
  • ZOA Zero Sugar 

The worst: 

  • Rowdy Energy 
  • Mountain Dew Rise 
  • Red Bull Coconut Edition Sugar Free 
  • Natural Bang 
  • Rockstar Organic 
  • Monster 
  • Full Throttle 

We don’t know about you, but we’ve only ever had are the ones from the bottom list 😬😬

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