Reign vs. Coffee (The Verdict)

Quick Verdict: Reign contains zero sugars, 10 calories, and high levels of caffeine at 300 mg, making it an unsuitable substitute for coffee.

Reign Energy Drink was introduced to the market in 2019. Despite its recent debut, Reign has gained an incredible following because of its strong marketing tactic and an incredible line-up of flavors. 

According to its website, Reign is a total body fuel energy drink making it a perfect partner for your workout sessions.

However, aside from fueling you with energy during exercise, can Reign also replace your morning coffee?

Keep reading to find out!

Reign vs. Coffee: Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts of Reign Energy Drink.

To help you compare the nutritional content of both beverages, refer to the table below.

NutrientsReign (16 fl. oz.)Black Coffee (8 fl. oz.)
Calories102
Protein0 g0
Fat0 g0
Sugar0 g0 g
Carbohydrate3 g0
Sodium220 mg0
Potassium70 mg3% of the DV
Caffeine300 mg96 mg
Vitamin B2011% of the DV
Vitamin B3130%2% of the DV
Vitamin B6120%2% of the DV
Vitamin B12250%0
Nutritional Information of Reign Energy Drink and Black Coffee.

A quick glance at the nutritional information of Reign Energy Drink shows that it’s similar to coffee in terms of calories and sugar.

But, there is a huge difference in the caffeine content of the two. Reign has 300 mg of caffeine, while a cup of black coffee contains 96 mg.

At this point, let’s take a closer look at their caffeine levels.

Reign vs. Coffee: Caffeine Content

Reign has triple the amount of caffeine compared to one cup of coffee.

Reign is considered a hardcore energy drink because of its high caffeine content.

The 300 mg of caffeine in Reign is still within the recommended level of daily caffeine intake, but it is close to the 400 mg limit for healthy adults set by the FDA

As you can tell, this amount is vastly different from the 96 mg of caffeine in coffee, which is much safer to consume daily.

Caffeine is one of the primary ingredients in energy drinks. It has natural properties that fight fatigue and weariness and also gives you the boost after consuming a can of Reign.

The higher the amount of caffeine the stronger and longer the effect of the stimulant in the body.

If you already feel alert and focused after one cup of coffee with 96 mg of caffeine, how much more energized will you be after drinking a can of Reign, which has 300 mg of caffeine?

When deciding which beverage to consume, think about your caffeine tolerance.

Keep in mind that too much caffeine in the body can cause adverse effects due to caffeine toxicity.

This happens when the caffeine in the bloodstream becomes more than the amount your body can metabolize.

Some of the symptoms of caffeine overdose include:

  • dizziness
  • diarrhea
  • increased thirst
  • insomnia
  • headache
  • fever
  • irritability

If your symptoms worsen to the following, you should immediately seek medical attention:

  • trouble breathing
  • vomiting
  • hallucinations
  • confusion
  • chest pain
  • irregular or fast heartbeat
  • uncontrollable muscle movements
  • convulsions

To avoid these extreme situations, make sure you only consume Reign if your body can handle it.

Do not be overconfident instead, test your caffeine sensitivity with a few cups of coffee before deciding to drink Reign.

Due to the high amount of caffeine, Reign is not recommended for persons under 18, people sensitive to caffeine, pregnant women, or nursing women. 

Pediatricians strongly advise against caffeine for children under 12 and against the consumption of energy drinks for all children and teens. 

Meanwhile, pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to 200 milligrams each day. 

Based on this recommendation, coffee is the safer choice for children and pregnant women.

Now, let’s move on to sugar content.

Reign vs. Coffee: Sugar Content

Cut back on sugar to avoid health complications.

Reign energy drink contains zero sugar but uses zero-calorie sweeteners to achieve flavor.

It uses the artificial sweeteners acesulfame potassium and sucralose which, in some way, are much healthier options because they don’t affect blood sugar or insulin levels.

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is said to be 400 to 700 times sweeter than sugar. Meanwhile, acesulfame potassium, or “Ace-K,” is said to be 200 times sweeter than ordinary sugar and is usually combined with other artificial sweeteners to mask the bitter aftertaste.

On the other hand, you can control how much sugar you want to add to your coffee, which I think is a lot better, health-wise. You don’t have to worry about your drink being infused with large quantities of sugar.

For reference, the American Heart Association proposes a sugar intake of:

  • 25 grams per day for women
  • 37 grams per day for men

You have to strictly follow this guideline to avoid health complications associated with excess sugar consumption like:

  • increased risk of cancer
  • fatty liver
  • diabetes
  • increased risk of heart disease
  • weight gain

If you want to completely do away with table sugar in your food and beverages, here are some of the healthy sweeteners that you may consider adding:

  • honey
  • dates
  • cinnamon
  • Stevia
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • vanilla

Now let’s move on to the calories.

Reign vs. Coffee: Calorie Content

Both Reign and a cup of black coffee contain minimal calories that will not affect your diet. Reign has ten calories, while a cup of black coffee contains two.

When you look at these figures, the calories are close to none, because the recommended daily calorie intake is 2,000 calories a day for women and 2,500 for men.

If you think about it, two or ten calories hardly puts a dent in your diet.

For your reference, I have included a table detailing the possible calories you can get from different kinds of coffee.

DrinksCalories (per 8 ounces)
iced black coffee2
espresso20
cold press (nitro cold brew)2
brewed coffee from flavored beans2
coffee with 1 tbsp (15ml) of french vanilla creamer32
coffee with 1 tbsp (15ml) of skim milk7
coffee with 1 tbsp (15ml) half and a tsp. of sugar38
nonfat latte72
flavored latte134
nonfat cappuccino46
nonfat macchiato52
nonfat mocha129
nonfat frozen coffee drink146
bulletproof coffee with 2 cups (470 ml) of coffee, 2 tbsp. (28 grams) of butter and 1 tbsp (14 grams) of coconut oilAbout 325
Calorie content of different coffee types.

As you can see from the table above, nonfat mocha, flavored latte, nonfat frozen coffee drink, and bulletproof coffee contain the highest amount of calories.

How Many Cups of Coffee is Equivalent to Reign?

One can of Reign Energy Drink is equivalent to three cups of coffee.

Like I explained a while ago, Reign has 300 mg of caffeine, while a cup of coffee contains 96 mg.

Because of the caffeine difference, Reign offers more noticeable effects of alertness and focus than coffee. It will give you a longer-lasting boost that ranges from five to eight hours.

If you are a regular caffeine consumer with some health conditions, I think it’s better that you stick with coffee because it is a healthier and safer option.

But if you are an adult in good shape with no existing health problems, you may benefit more from Reign Energy Drink. It is especially helpful if you’re about to undergo intense training.

Reign vs. Coffee: Ingredients

A closer look on the ingredients of Reign Energy Drink.

You already know the major difference between coffee and Reign Energy Drink when it comes to caffeine, sugar, and calories. So, let me finish the comparison by detailing the similarities and differences in terms of their ingredients.

Reign has more supplements and vitamins than regular coffee. Also, it has amino acids, antioxidants, and mineral supplements which makes it a more attractive drink if you’re looking to achieve a strong energy boost.

Check out the brief description of each ingredient to know the benefits that you can get from them. 

  • Carbonated Water- water infused with carbon dioxide, also known as soda water
  • Citric Acid- food additive
  • Sodium Citrate- sodium salt of citric acid
  • Natural Flavors
  • Caffeine- a nervous system stimulant
  • Sodium Benzoate- food preservative
  • Sucralose- zero-calorie sugar substitute
  • Potassium Citrate- food preservative
  • Potassium Sorbate- food additive
  • Acesulfame Potassium- zero-calorie sugar substitute
  • L-Leucine- type of amino acid essential for protein synthesis, tissue regeneration, and metabolism
  • L-Isoleucine- type of amino acid, improves muscle metabolism, immune function, and hemoglobin production
  • L-Valine- type of amino acid that helps with muscle growth and regeneration
  • Niacinamide( B3)– one of eight B-Vitamins, also known to be good for skin health
  • Magnesium Lactate- mineral supplement
  • Coenzyme Q-10– an antioxidant that is good for brain health, may also help prevent diabetes, cancer, and heart failure
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6)- another type of vitamin B that prevents depression, helps the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and promotes hemoglobin production
  • Cyanocobalamin (B12)-  this vitamin strengthens muscle and prevents muscle degeneration and osteoporosis

Now, let’s proceed to a commonly asked question: can you drink Reign Energy Drink every day?

Can You Drink Reign Every Day?

Due to its high caffeine content, it’s only advisable to drink Reign occasionally (two to three times a week), preferably when you’re exercising.

Regular intake of highly caffeinated beverages may negatively affect your nervous system or your sleeping pattern, so it’s not ideal that you drink them regularly.

Energy drinks are good if you need an occasional boost when you need help focusing or when you’re preparing your body to withstand intense exercise.

Other than that, it’s not a regular caffeinated drink like coffee which has low caffeine content that you can safely consume every day.

If you’re still on the fence about drinking coffee over energy drinks, watch the video below.

Are energy drinks better than coffee?

The Verdict

In my opinion, a cup of coffee is a better option than Reign because it is healthier and you can have it every day without worrying too much about the side effects.

Coffee is rich in natural antioxidants, minerals, and other nutrients which are all good for the body.

On the other hand, Reign is infused with synthetic ingredients, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners which can potentially jeopardize your health, especially when you consume large amounts.

That said, it is best consume Reign a few days a week, and only if you’re about to workout. However, you can drink coffee every day and any time. But don’t overindulge to avoid discomfort!

Still, coffee it is for now!

Jenny

The only thing I like more than a delicious energy drink is uncovering the TRUTH about energy drinks. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I like to share the facts that I uncover and I hope you find my words interesting and useful.

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