Energy drinks are just about as popular as sports drinks and vitamin-enhanced waters. In fact, you can’t walk into a convenience store or gas station without rubbing elbows with energy-boosting pills and potions as you pay for your newspaper, soda or slushie.
DietsInReview.com compared two of the best-selling energy drinks on the market: FRS and 5-Hour Energy drink.
Here is a look at how each of them stacks up.
Claims: Strongly promoted and supported by Lance Armstrong, FRS Healthy Energy, which stands for “free radical scavenger,” contains antioxidants rather than sugar and caffeine to give you a surge in energy. Most notably is its addition of the antioxidant quercetin, which is found in the skins of apples, berries and grapes. According to FRS, quercetin works by naturally triggering the body’s ability to produce more real energy. FRS also contains green tea and vitamins C and E. The product claims to help enhance physical performance, aid in muscle recovery and provide sustained energy and concentration.
With entire beverage cases filled with energy drinks, there is no disputing that we are a well-caffeinated culture. Maybe even too caffeinated.
One such drink that has found its way in every gas station, every convenience store, millions of websites and even health food stores are 5-Hour Energy shots. Since many drinks contain sugar and a lot of it, they are also steeped in calories. But 5-Hour Energy shots bill themselves as the carb-conscious solution for anyone looking for a boost of energy without the calories of sugar. In addition, these small pocket-sized bottles of caffeine don’t contain any herbal stimulants and sport just four calories per two-ounce serving. They also contain Vitamin B6, B12, folic acid, amino acids and niacin. (more…)