Dr Oz: Energy Drinks
Coffee is not for everyone. (But I think it’s an acquired taste; I’ve really started loving it in the past two years.) If you are looking for a beverage to give you a daily boost, you might be reaching for energy drinks.
The problem with a lot of energy drinks on the market is that they’re full of sugar and calories that give you an artificial high before sending your body crashing back down. Ashley Koff is a registered dietitian, and she joined Dr Oz to reveal the energy drinks that are actually good for you.
Americans are snapping up energy drinks, and they spent $9 billion on the beverages just last year. That is a lot of Red Bull. But if you look at the ingredients, you’ll notice all the additives and sugars that are packed into those small cans. There are products on the market that give you a better boost and health benefit for your money.
Doctor Oz: Healthy Energy Drinks
Ashley Koff said you should take notice of the number of carbohydrates in your energy drink. Carbs can give you quick energy, but they’re also responsible for that unwanted, inevitable crash. You want to keep the carbs in your energy drink under 15 grams per serving.
Look for low sugar in your energy drinks as well. The best ones for you will have less than 10 grams of sugar. Also, Ashley suggested finding beverages that are under 200 mg of caffeine and avoiding chemicals and artificial sweeteners as much as possible.
Be sure to check the can for serving size information as well, because like with sodas, one bottle or can could contain multiple servings.
So where do you find these healthier energy drink alternatives? Ashley did some research on this and shared three of her top picks with Dr Oz.
Dr Oz: E-28 Energy Drink
Nature Vitality E-28 Energizer is one option. It’s full of natural stimulants like Ribose and Rhodiola that will give you the energy boost you’re looking for without all the baggage.
All you have to do is mix a packet of this into your bottled water for an instant energy drink on the go.
Dr Oz: Hi-Ball Energy Water Review
Audience member Kim said she doesn’t like coffee, and that’s how she ended up hooked on energy drinks.
As a coffee alternative, Ashley recommends Hi-Ball Energy Water, which comes in multiple flavors but contains only 10 calories.
She said you can drink this with a midday snack of veggies and hummus for even more energy boosting nutrients.
Dr Oz: Honest Tea Jasmine Green Energy Tea Review
The last low carb drink on Ashley’s list is actually a tea. Honest Tea Jasmine Green Energy Tea contains Edamame, which gives you protein and good fatty acids.