A few weeks ago I wrote about Bang energy drinks and their health effects. When compared to other energy drinks it had them beat because it had no added sugar. But I was asked an interesting question. How does Bang compare to sugar free varieties of other energy drink companies?
We’re going to look at zero calorie products by Monster and Red Bull. But before we compare, I did want to address a few things about these drinks even though they’re sugar free.
Artificial sweeteners and other issues
As we’ve mentioned in the past, artificial sweeteners may not be the best way to reduce calories. Some research suggests that they may also contribute to weight gain. There is also evidence that some people may be sensitive to artificial sweeteners and suffer side effects. Aspartame has been noted to induce depression or headaches in some sensitive people.
These drinks also pose some issues when it comes to dental health. In reference to our earlier Bang article, a friend of mine, who is a dental hygienist, pointed out that all of these drinks are extremely acidic. These sweet and sour type drinks have contributed to the increased of dental erosions seen in the US. For example, the zero calorie Red Bull and Monster drinks have a pH of about 3 while coffee has a pH of about 5.
These drinks should be consumed in moderation. Partaking every once in awhile is unlikely to be a detriment to your health. But if you start to rely on any energy drink as a replacement for good sleep, you’ve left moderation behind.
Bang, Red Bull Sugar Free, and Monster Absolutely Zero
But let’s get down to what you’re probably reading for. What’s in these zero calorie drinks and which one is the best? The truth is, because of the reasons above, none can truly be “best.” But depending on what you’re looking to partake in, on occasion, any one of these may work for you.
Drinking a zero calorie energy drink every once-in-a-while is not likely to cause major health problems. But remember, moderation is key. Repeated, over-consumption can disrupt your sleep, cause jitters or anxiety, and take a toll on your teeth.