Caffeine in Food

Lightning Rods

  • Caffeine Amount
    60 mg
  • Caffeine strength
  • Serving size
    Lightning Rods
    1 stick
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Beef Sticks with added guarana and ginseng made by Power Hungry Foods.


This review was completed by an independent drink reviewer and does not necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of this site.

lightning-rods-beef-sticksOK, honestly, I’m entirely incapable of letting an energy food replace my energy drink I.V. drip.

The liquid component of energy drinks has become everything for me.  I crave for the sip, the guzzle, the swish, the slam.

I am still intrigued, though, by energy food products like these new energized beef sticks cleverly named, Lightning Rods.  For the normal people out there, here’s a review of Lightning Rods to help you decide whether they could potentially replace your need for energy drink consumption.


Likely because of a lack of standard energy blend ingredients, these beef sticks inspire a bit of shock and awe by tasting like, well, beef sticks.  It’s a real challenge to tell Lightning Rods apart from any other beef stick on the market, impressive!  As far as beef sticks go, though, Lightning Rods could be a little better.  They’re kinda plain and I usually look for a bit of a “rasty” edge in flavor when it comes to beef sticks.


This product tosses around the two g’s a whole lot: ginseng (90mg) and guarana (undisclosed amount) which delivers 60mg of caffeine per stick.  That’s pretty much the foundation for their energy claim.  In their PR statement you’ll also find a paragraph where they trash talk other energy product companies who artificially add their B vitamins, since Lightning Rods contain it “naturally.”


I don’t believe that Lightning Rods are grounded properly, because I’m not getting any strikes of energy.  I’ve tried them at all times of the day, and simply can’t get a rise out of them.  I wanted to feel it bad, I really did, because I love this product concept.


Here’s a fun fact: Lightning Rods are rated to provide 5+ hours of energy.  I see this as a sad day for energy products when an energized beef stick jumps into the hour claim game.  But besides that comment, I cannot validate their 5+ hour claim the least bit.  I believe the only way this product can be effective is if you were identified as a “daywalker” in our addiction diagnosis article.

Reviewed by Dusty Smith

Ingredients in Lightning Rods

Beef, Brown Sugar, Salt, Dextrose, Guarana, Flavorings, Spices, Panax Ginseng, Corn Syrup, Lactic Acid Starter Culture, Sodium Nitrite

Is Lightning Rods high in caffeine?