Complete Guide to Sugar Free Energy Drinks

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Sugar-free energy drinks fall into the following categories:

  • Carbonated ready-to-drink cans from the big brands (Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar).
  • Niche brands (with limited availability).
  • Energy drink mixes (powdered sachets to mix in water).
  • Workout supplements (highly caffeinated mixes).

Most Popular: The Top 5

The biggest selling sugar-free energy drinks, as reported in the top energy drink brands.

Red Bull Sugarfree
CAFFEINE
80 mg
CALORIES
10
PER SIZE
8.46 fl oz
Sugar Free Red Bull is a zero sugar version of Red Bull Energy Drink. It is sweetened with aspartame and…

Monster Ultra
CAFFEINE
150 mg
CALORIES
10
PER SIZE
16 fl oz
Monster Ultra is a line of sugar-free energy drinks with slightly less caffeine than Monster Original or Low Carb. The…

Rockstar Pure Zero
CAFFEINE
240 mg
CALORIES
20
PER SIZE
16 fl oz
Rockstar Pure Zero Energy Drink is a zero sugar beverage from Rockstar Energy, a populare energy drink brand. Flavors of…

Monster Zero Sugar
CAFFEINE
140 mg
CALORIES
10
PER SIZE
16 fl oz
Monster Zero Sugar is a sugar-free calorie energy drink from Monster Beverages. It was originally called Absolutely Zero, but this…

Red Bull Zero
CAFFEINE
80 mg
CALORIES
0
PER SIZE
8.46 fl oz
Red Bull Zero is a zero calorie energy drink from Red Bull. It was formerly called Total Zero, however a…

Complete List of Sugar Free Energy Drinks

A comprehensive list of sugar-free energy drinks, showing sweeteners used, and caffeine amount. Searchable and sortable.

Name fl oz Caffeine (mg) Sweeteners
3D Energy Drink16200Erythritol, Sucralose, Ace-K
ABB Turbo Tea Zero18120Ace-K, Sucralose
Adrenaline Shoc16300Sucralose, Ace-K
Advocare Slim8120Sucralose
Alani Nu Energy Drink12200Erythritol, Sucralose, Ace-K
Amino Force Energy Drink22200Sucralose, Ace-K
AXIO Regular12100Stevia
Bang Energy Drink16300Sucralose
Berocca890Ace-K, Aspartame
Berzerk Energy Drink Mix16200Sucralose, Ace-K
Best Choice Strawberry Energy Drink Mix16240Aspartame, Ace-K
C4 Energy Drink16200Sucralose, Ace-K
C4 On The Go12200Sucralose
C4 Smart Energy Drink16200Sucralose, Ace-K
C4 Ultimate Energy Drink16300Sucralose, Ace-K
Celsius Energy Drink12200Sucralose
Celsius Heat Energy Drink16300Sucralose
Celsius Stevia12200Erythritol, Stevia
Crave Energy Drink (UK)8.4380Stevia
Crystal Light With Caffeine1660Aspartame
EBOOST Energy Drink Mix8110Stevia
GFuel Cans16300Sucralose, Ace-K
GFuel Energy Drink Mix12140Sucralose
Go Fast High Octane Energy Drink16300
Great Value Energy Drink Enhancers850Sucralose, Ace-K
Great Value Energy Drink Mix16120Aspartame, Ace-K
Hyde Xtreme12400Sucralose
Kill Cliff Energy X Recover1225Erythritol, Stevia
Kill Cliff Ignite12150Erythritol, Stevia
Loud Energy Drink16320Sucralose
Marquis Energy Drink12100Erythritol, Stevia
Meltdown Ketone Drink12225Sucralose
Monster Ultra16150Erythritol, Sucralose, Ace-K
Monster Zero Sugar16140Sucralose
Moose Juice Energy Drink16.94200Ace-k
NOCCO Energy Drink (EU)11.17180Sucralose
Octane Energy Drink Mix12225Sucralose
PerformElite Pre-Workout 8225Sucralose
Perk Energy Beverage8100Sucralose
Polar Frost Plus Energy1767Sucralose, Ace-K
Propel Zero Powder160Sucralose, Ace-K
Protein2O + Energy16.91125Sucralose
Pure Boost Energy Drink Mix16100Erythritol, Stevia
Pure Kick Energy Drink Mix16.980Aspartame, Ace-K
Quake Energy Drink16250Sucralose, Ace-K
Raze Energy Drink16300Sucralose, Ace-K
Red Bull Sugarfree8.4680Ace-k, Aspartame
Red Bull Zero8.4680Sucralose, Ace-K
Redline Princess8300Sucralose
Redline Xtreme Energy Drink8316Sucralose
Reign Total Body Fuel16300Sucralose
Rockstar Pure Zero16240Erythritol, Ace-K, Sucralose
Rockstar Sugar Free16160Ace-K
Rockstar Thermo 16300Sucralose, Ace-K
Rockstar XDurance16300Sucralose, Ace-K
Rockstar Zero Carb16240Ace-K, Sucralose
Rogue Energy Drink Mix16175Stevia, Sucralose
Sneak Energy Drink Mix16150Sucralose
Spark Energy Drink Mix8120Sucralose
Spike Hardcore Energy16350Sucralose
Spike Shooter12300Sucralose
Strike Force Energy Drink Mix16.91160Sucralose
Triton Energy Drink16200
V8 +Energy Drink880Sucralose
Virtue Clean Energy Beverage8.4680Erythritol, Stevia
XS Energy Drink8.480Ace-K, Sucralose
Xtreme Shock Energy Drink12200Sucralose, Ace-K
Xyience Energy Drink16160Sucralose, Ace-K
Zevia Energy Drink12120Stevia
ZipFizz Energy Drink16100Xylitol, Ace-K, Sucralose
Zoa Energy Drink16160
 

In addition to sugar-free energy drinks, there is a small market for energy shots. Most energy shots (low-volume high caffeinated non-carbonated drinks) are almost all sugar-free. See the caffeine database for energy shot information.

Sweeteners

Aspartame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), and sucralose are all FDA approved food additives – if taken in acceptable quantities daily.

Stevia has a status of GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe).

Sugar or Artificial Sweetener?

The debate and research around sugars and artificial sweeteners has continued for decades.

Sugar free or low sugar drinks are chosen for perceived ability to aid weight loss. Unfortunately, research suggests the opposite is true: there is a correlation between use of artificial sweeteners and weight gain.

Why would artificial sweeteners lead to weight gain?

It is due to overcompensating your eating in response to the disconnect between the sweetener and its calorie content.

In other words you drink something really sweet, and your brain-body does not receive the expected reward of calories. This in turn drives up appetite, and you find the sugar reward somewhere else.

That said, a smaller trial in 2019, showed that sucralose consumption was linked to lower body weight. Bewildering!

 

References

  • Yang Q. (2010). Gain weight by "going diet?" Artificial sweeteners and the neurobiology of sugar cravings: Neuroscience 2010. The Yale journal of biology and medicine, 83(2), 101–108.
  • Higgins, K. A., & Mattes, R. D. (2019). A randomized controlled trial contrasting the effects of 4 low-calorie sweeteners and sucrose on body weight in adults with overweight or obesity. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 109(5), 1288–1301. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqy381

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Written by Ted Kallmyer, last updated on February 15, 2021