Healthy Energy Drinks: Is Organic or All-Natural Really Better?

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Organic or all-natural energy drinks and energy shots have grown tremendously in popularity over the last several years.

But, are these “natural” energy drinks really any healthier than their traditional artificially created cousins?

The debate rages on concerning the overall health and safety of energy drinks and the appropriateness of their use among certain age groups.

However, the huge popularity of the organic food movement has opened the door for the marketing of “Healthy or Organic Energy Drinks” which are advertised to have no negative side effects and to actually improve the health of the consumer.

Are Natural or Organic Energy Drinks Actually Healthier?

Yes and No

Pros

  1. Natural energy drinks don’t contain artificial chemicals.
  2. Organic energy drinks should be free from pesticide and other chemical residue.
  3. Natural caffeine from green tea, guarana, or coffee is used.
  4. The sugar used is in a more natural state.
  5. Natural no calorie sweeteners are used instead or potentially harmful artificial ones.
  6. Natural flavors from juices are used.
  7. Natural colors are used instead of controversial dyes and food colorings.
  8. No artificial preservatives are used.

Cons

  1. Organic energy drinks can still be high in calories and sugar.
  2. All-natural can still be high in caffeine and not suitable for some consumers.
  3. Some contain additional herbs or ingredients that people may have sensitivities to.
  4. The amounts of the herbs in these organic products are likely too small to produce some of the drink’s advertised benefits.
  5. Organic energy drinks are more expensive.
  6. Natural Energy Drinks can never replace the health benefits from receiving vitamins and minerals from a diet rich in colorful vegetables and fruit.

Mainstream Healthy, Organic or “Natural” Energy Drink Brands

Here are some common organic or all-natural energy drinks available at retailers around the USA.
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Multi-level Marketing Healthy Energy Drinks

Also available are organic or healthy energy drinks that are marketed through multi-level marketing methods.

Often these products are crammed with all kinds of ingredients and make all kinds of health claims. We aren’t saying that these products are bad, but the claims are most likely even more exaggerated than mainstream brands.

Here are some common multi-level marketing all-natural energy drinks that are available.
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At Caffeine Informer we would be the first to admit that even all-natural or organic energy drinks aren’t the best beverages to be putting into one’s body, but we support the notion of moderation and the safety of responsibly using energy drinks as directed.

This is true whether the drink is all-natural or not.

If you want to learn more about energy drink ingredients or energy drink ingredient side affects, we have that covered too and this doesn’t change based on how natural the ingredients are.

Caffeine is caffeine natural or not and people can go overboard with so called “healthy energy drinks” just as easy as they can with traditional ones.

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  • Ted

    Shoot me an email and we can line up having some samples sent. ted at caffeineinformer dot com.

  • Jimmy Newman

    Hello,

    When you say “At Caffeine Informer we would be the first to admit that even all-natural or organic energy drinks aren’t the best beverages to be putting into one’s body, but we support the notion of moderation and the safety of responsibly using energy drinks as directed.”

    Is having lets say 500 mg of caffeine too much? I drink Maté Bros Yerba Mate Tea Drink and it has 100 mg per can. I drink roughly 4 to 5 cans per day. Do you think that may be too much? matebros.com has the remaining nutritional facts. I think it only has 35 calories and less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Am I in the safe zone of caffeine intake?

  • Ted

    Hi Jimmy, Most recommend no more than 400 mg per day but this does depend on your body weight. If you’re a bigger guy you could get away with 500 mg and still be safe. Are you experiencing any side effects?

  • Jimmy Newman

    I weigh 182 lbs. The only side effect I would say, is trouble sleeping but I feel that has always been an issue even before I drank coffee or caffeinated beverages.

Last Modified: October 9, 2014