Did you know that some energy drinks contain up to 17 spoonfuls of sugar? A study found that the average sugar content per serving of energy drinks is 23g in 2019. Not to mention, that most energy drinks contain more than one serving size. So you may be getting double or triple this amount in one beverage!
- AMP Energy drink = 29g of sugar per serving
- Red Bull = 37g of sugar in each can (12oz)
- Vault = 32g of sugar per 8 oz serving
- Monster = 27g of sugar per serving
We understand that life gets hectic, things get crazy and to reach for an energy drink during the day means you’ll get that extra boost you need to get your kids done with their homework or to hit that deadline you’ve been dreading. But most of the time, when we do this, we are putting a bandaid on a much bigger problem - one that has to do with your overall diet and the blood sugar crashes that are resulting from it.
So what do we mean when we say your sugar craving at 3pm has to do with your overall diet? Well, eating lots of simple carbohydrates -- without the backup of proteins or fats -- can quickly satisfy hunger and give your body a short-term energy boost, but they almost as quickly leave you famished again and craving more.
The problem doesn't come from eating a donut one day, either. It happens when we over-consume- which is easy to do when sugar is present in so many of the processed foods readily available to us. According to the American Heart Association, we over consume about 22 teaspoons of added sugars per day. The recommended daily amount is about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 for men.
So, how can we avoid excess sugar once and for all? Try these alternatives:
Tip #1: Pop a sugar control mint
Tip #2: Try Our Mixed Berry Body Balance Powder
You can’t cut sugar with just mints alone. Our Body Balance Powder or our Body Balance Powder in Mixed Berry are proprietary, 100% vegan superblends of prebiotic fiber, vitamins and minerals developed to help support balanced blood sugar levels, gut health and improve all-day energy. Just dissolve it in your morning tea or water and start the day off on the right foot.
Tip #3: Drink Green Tea
Touted as one of the healthiest drinks on the planet, it contains caffeine as one of its key ingredients along with L-Theanine, which has anti-anxiety effects. Those two things in combination can give you a milder and different kind of buzz than coffee or energy drinks: one that delivers energy without the blood sugar crash.
Tip #4: Try Fruit Infused Water
If regular water is boring to you, try infusing fruits and herbs into it to give it an added kick. Infusing lemon will help detox your system, mint is known to improve brain function while cucumber can help with water retention. There are so many natural benefits to these drinks that you won’t even miss the sugar you think you need.