Coca-Cola Energy is the Coca-Cola Company’s attempt in making energy drinks.
It’s available in these four enjoyable varieties:
- Coca-Cola Energy
- Coca-Cola Energy Zero Sugar
- Coca-Cola Energy Cherry
- Coca-Cola Energy Zero Sugar Cherry
In this article, I take a full analysis in the ingredients of the energy drink.
Is it good for you? How many can you drink a day?
Read on to find out…
Coca-Cola Energy Drink Ingredients
Here’s what you consume in 1 can of Coca-Cola Energy Drink:
- 114mg of Caffeine
- Carbonated Water
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Less than 2% of: Natural Flavors
- Guarana Extract
- Vitamins B3 and B6 (Niacinamide and Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)
- Caramel Color
Since the company’s mainly known for its famous coke flavor, they added it to the energy drink too.
For Acidifier, the company used the following acids:
- Phosphoric Acid
- Citric Acid
The preservatives used in a Coca-Cola Energy drink are the following:
- Sodium Benzoate
- Potassium Sorbate (This is added to protect its taste.)
Each flavor of Coca-Cola Energy drink has Guarana extracts. To those who aren’t familiar with Guarana, it is a kind of plant local to the Amazon whose seeds carry around four times the sum of total caffeine in coffee beans. Thus, these natural extracts contribute to the caffeine’s content of an energy drink.
This drink also has ingredients derived from genetically engineered crops, popularly known as GMOs.
Although B vitamins are present in this drink, Coca-Cola advises the public to consume it responsibly. The company do not recommend it to people sensitive to caffeine, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and children.
What’s lacking in a can of Coca-Cola Energy is Taurine, an amino acid considered to improve sports performance. But it’s not necessary to worry about this because Taurine can be derived from eating animal foods, such as fish, meat, and dairy.
According to this study, the caffeine content in caffeinated energy drinks ranged from 0 to 141 mg per serving.
A 250ml can of Coca-Cola Energy contains 80mg of caffeine. It is about the same amount as an espresso. So if you’re too late to go to work on Monday mornings and you have your Coca-Cola Energy with you, you’re set to go!
The basic idea of an energy drink mixed with natural flavors of coke? You get Coca-Cola Energy! See the table below for its nutrition facts.
|Calories||140kcal in 12oz (354ml)|
|Total Sugars||39g Includes 39g Added Sugars|
Coca-Cola Energy Zero Sugar
It’s the diet energy drink that has less caffeine serving than other energy drinks.
|Total fat||0g or 0%|
|Total Carbohydrate||0g or 0%|
Coca-Cola Energy Cherry
It has this cherry flavor to those who want a fruity energy drink. Nutrition content is the same as the energy drink but it has no potassium content.
Coca-Cola Energy Zero Sugar Cherry
Same as the Energy Zero Sugar, except it’s of course cherry flavored and with 4% of Sodium (80mg).
How Many Calories Does Coca-Cola Energy Have?
The drink has 42kcal per 100ml. It has fewer calories than any other energy drinks on the market.
Fewer Calories, So What’s The Catch?
If you didn’t know this already, Coca-Cola uses Acesulfame potassium or Ace-k in their diet cokes. In other words, it’s Aspartame.
Aspartame is basically an artificial sweetener used instead of sugar to provide less or even no calories in diet cokes.
Is Coca-Cola Energy Drink Bad For You?
A can of Coca-Cola Energy contains 80mg of caffeine so it isn’t really bad for you if you drink one can. According to FDA, if you take more than 400mg of caffeine each day, if you are an adult, it’ll be bad for your health.
How Does Caffeine Affect You?
This study shows that caffeine makes you more alert and your brain starts working faster. This is basically why we take caffeine: to stay awake. But sometimes, caffeine can trigger anxiety if you deal with anxiety issues.
How Long Does Coca-Cola Energy Drink Last?
Like other energy drinks, Coca-Cola energy drink takes up to 12 hours until withdrawn. You may feel extremely sleepy or drowsy if you didn’t have your daily dose of caffeine and you are a daily user.
About 90% of Americans consume caffeine on a daily basis, be it as an energy drink or an espresso. Studies show people who intake caffeine tend to be more productive than people who aren’t taking it.
Coca-Cola Energy Price
One 250ml or 8.4oz Coca-Cola energy drink costs about $1.
Is Coca-Cola Energy Drink Safe?
As long as you have it in moderation, having a can of Coca Cola Energy Drink every day isn’t bad for you. It also won’t pose a risk to your health.
If you need caffeine to wake yourself up, then grabbing a can of Coca Cola Energy Drink wouldn’t hurt.
However, I highly advise you to drink only one can a day. Drinking two may result in unwanted side effects due to caffeine and sugar.
How Does Coca-Cola Energy Taste?
I think the Coca-Cola Energy tasted kind of similar to their original cola flavor. I just realized a bubblegum aftertaste which was acceptable. I actually found this drink less fizzy than a regular Coke.
For the Coca-Cola Energy Zero Sugar, I can say that its taste is quite similar to an original Coke Zero.
I enjoyed drinking both the Coca-Cola Energy Cherry and its Zero Sugar. I considered both of them delicious. For me, the latter tasted quite similarly to a Coke Cherry.
However, I didn’t like the fact that these drinks taste better when they’re super cold.
Coca-Cola Energy vs. Red Bull
Coca-Cola energy drink contains the same 80mg dosage of caffeine per serving (250 ml). That makes it the same as Red Bull.
As I mentioned earlier, Coca-Cola Energy has 42 calories per 100ml while Red Bull has 45 calories per 100ml serving. That’s another plus for Coca-Cola if you choose to go for a less calorie option.
But let’s face it, Coca-Cola is mainly famous for their soda whereas Red Bull is famous solely for their energy drinks. Again, Red Bull has 16 flavors where Coca-Cola has 4, so that’s a plus for Red Bull.
Well, I cannot lie, both of the brands are extremely successful for what they are famous for. So you cannot really complain about that.
Is Coca-Cola Energy Drink Worth It?
In my opinion, I think it’s quite worth buying because of its price compared to its competitors. A can of Coca-Cola Energy costs about $1 whereas an average price of a Red Bull is $2.
As I said before, Coca-Cola is known for its soda while Red Bull is known for energy drinks. So if someone actually wants a known energy drink, they are more likely gonna go for the Red Bull.
To wrap it all up, I honestly think Coca-Cola did a pretty good job in their energy drinks on their first try. In my point of view, they can make it better by adding more flavors or more sugar levels or even more caffeine, if they really want to please the majority of the market.
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