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This week, The Weekly Beet reports on a few ingredients used to keep you naturally energized and awake. Mary Kent pours out the Bull, replacing it with Steaz Energy, the latest and greatest of the natural energy drinks.
With names like Red Bull, Pimpjuice, Monster, Rockstar, Crunk, and even Full Throttle, it seems that some companies will name their energy drinks anything just to keep your eyes wide open. With approximately 65% of drinkers under the age of 35 and another 65% representing the male population, the energy drink industry is a booming, billion dollar industry filled with nothing more than a serious amount of Bull! The healthy truth about these energetic bullets is they are filled with highly processed sugars (some artificial), chemicalized caffeines, and additives, claiming to keep you focused, highly performing, and totally alert. And, let it be known, when the ride is over the full throttled, energetic high comes to a crashing halt, causing more fatigue than when the ride started. Truthfully, the energy drink filled with chemicals and artificial energy is yet another attempt to get you sucked into a caffeine and sugar frenzied, addictive cycle. Luckily, a company like Steaz has come along, claiming its organic niche in the energetic drink market. By infusing natural caffeinate made from Mother Nature, Steaz Energy, in its perfectly slender aluminum can, fits nicely alongside the other brands of energy drinks, yet its motivation is of a different caliber. Made by the makers of Guayaki and Sambazon, Steaz Energy is packed full of natural and organic ingredients sourced from sustainable, local producers. The chosen green tea called Ceylon is even certifiably Fair Trade. While we are not advocators of too much caffeine, we have to admit that Steaz has chosen the best ingredients possible to replace the chemicalized ones found in all other energy drinks. And, that's what we call unBEETable!
What we most like about Steaz is that it is completely food-based, meaning that it contains no dietary supplement or herbal ingredients such as taurine, glucuronolactone, inositol, L-carnitine, ginkgo and ginseng, as many of its competitors do. By reading the labels of each drink below, it's not too hard to see which drink is better for you:
Steaz Ingredients.Sparkling filtered water, Organic evaporated cane juice, Sambazon organic acai juice, organic guarana extract, Natural
berry flavor, Citric acid, Guayaki organic yerba mate extract, Organic Fair Trade Certified Ceylon green tea, Sodium citrate, Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).
Red Bull ingredients: Carbonated water, Sucrose, Glucose, Sodium citrate, Taurine, Glucuronolactone, Caffeine, Inositol, Niacinamide, Calcium pantothenate, Pyridoxine HCL, Vitamin B-12, Natural and artificial flavors,
If you are planning to gulp down an energy drink, make sure it's a natural one! Here are a few of the naturally charged, energetic ingredients found in Steaz that make going au naturel a much better choice:
- Yerbe Mate: Delivering both energy and nutriton, yerbe mate is a less potent stimulant than coffee.
- Guarana: Used in Brazil as a health tonic, it contains natural caffeine.
- Ceylon Green Tea: Finest green tea in the world, Ceylon is packed with antioxidants and contains natural caffeine.
- Acai: Packed with antioxidants, amino acids, and omegas, Acai is an incredibly healthy
And, if you think mixing an energy drink with vodka isn't going to affect your health, think again! The result of mixing a depressant, alcohol, and a stimulant, sugar or caffeine, is not the smartest combo to put in the body. The dangers associated with such silliness can cause racing heart beat, elevation of blood pressure, and even result in heart attack.
Don't be full of bull! Get naturally energized. Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
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MK's Health Tip: "Let's get this straight: Caffeine is a drug. 90% of Americans are on it. When looking for a wake-up drink go for Green Tea, Yerbe Mate, or Steaz. Your brain will thank you!
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