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Keto-Friendly Energy Drinks: The Pros, Cons, & Alternatives

Energy drinks are a segment that has exploded in the past two decades. In 1997, energy drinks were first introduced to the U.S. market, and now every gas station, convenience store, and grocery store has energy drinks stocked.

Energy drinks contain a number of ingredients that can help those who need a quick boost of energy. Given the fact it’s an easy and convenient beverage, many late shift workers, healthcare workers, and others see energy drinks as a way to combat late hour tiredness.

One thing that has held back many energy drinks is that, while they have a number of ingredients to promote energy, they also have large amounts of sugar. Sugar is frequently added to beverages as a means of improving taste, but ultimately, sugar is not for everyone, especially those that are on a ketogenic diet. If ketosis had an arch-nemesis it would be sugar, and because of this, those on keto would have to forego energy drinks - up until fairly recently.

Keto-energy drinks are energy drinks that forego sugar, which allows more people to enjoy the short-term energy power that these drinks can provide.

Below is a closer look at the pros, cons, and alternatives to keto-friendly energy drinks.

Pros

Many people hear the term keto-friendly energy drink and feel that the pros of it are quite obvious in that they are keto — but, the benefits far extend beyond just being keto. When sugar is removed from the equation, energy drinks can be a better option for diabetics, calorie-conscious consumers, and anyone looking to make their daily diet a little less sweet.

Below is a closer look at the specific pros of keto-friendly energy drinks and why they are an important option to have available to people.

Low-calorie

Calories refer to the amount of chemical energy provided by food, beverage, or other consumables. The body utilizes the molecules in foods to create energy for itself through digestion and the breakdown of chemical bonds.

Calories are important for you to survive, but there is a thing as too much when it comes to calories. When you consume more calories than your body burns, you place yourself in a situation where the body begins to store that energy in the form of fat.

Energy drinks have long been considered unhealthy because of their high-calorie content. High-calorie beverages can be of concern when you are trying to watch your calories because they oftentimes do not provide much in terms of satiation or nutrition.

Eating at a restaurant and getting a soda with free refills can drastically increase your calorie consumption than had you chosen a beverage lower in calories. This same concept applies to energy drinks where some cans can be upwards of 200 calories per serving.

Less blood sugar spikes

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate and it is easily digested by the body. Because sugar is readily absorbed, it will quickly result in a higher blood sugar level when ingested. The body, under normal conditions, secretes insulin in response, which enables glucose to enter into the cells of the body which then decreases blood sugar within the blood.

Blood sugar is an important aspect of ensuring your body has the necessary energy to survive. While most of the body can utilize other molecules for energy, the brain relies solely upon glucose, which is why blood sugar is so highly regulated.

For those that have diabetes, this delicate balancing act is thrown off as either the body builds a resistance to insulin or it stops producing insulin. In either situation, a blood sugar spike following a carbohydrate-rich food or drink could lead to hyperglycemia.

Keto-friendly energy drinks do not contain sugar, which can allow diabetics and those looking out for their blood sugar an opportunity to get a quick and easy pick-me-up without having to closely watch out for blood sugar spikes.

You can also take specific supplements such as MitoQ Blood Sugar which has a number of ingredients to help support normal blood sugar levels while also supporting overall organ health.

Cons

While keto energy drinks provide a good amount of benefits over traditional energy drinks, it is also important to acknowledge the cons that keto-energy drinks still have. Namely, the worst aspect of most energy drinks is the high dosage of caffeine present. Caffeine is fine every now and again; however, those that drink energy drinks are at a higher risk of developing a caffeine addiction and reliance.

Addictive

Caffeine is a molecule that is able to alter the mind.

When caffeine is bound to adenosine receptors, it inhibits the natural binding of adenosine, which is what helps the body transition to sleep and become tired. In this way, caffeine inhibits the action of adenosine and can effectively increase alertness and postpone feelings of tiredness.

While caffeine can provide increased alertness, when consumed on a continuous basis, the body will adapt and start springing up new receptors to allow endogenous adenosine to bind. If you stop consuming caffeine and let adenosine then bind normally there will be receptors that are left unbound.

This can lead to a number of negative symptoms like headaches, changes in mood, and more. This is the scientific basis for a caffeine addiction and energy drinks make it much easier for people to become addicted.

Drinking an energy drink late in the day will postpone your sleep and make you wake up the next day tired, to which you may be inclined to have an energy drink to get a little boost. This constant cycle can be immensely easy to get caught in with energy drinks and represent a major con.

Alternatives

Many people look to caffeine and energy drinks for energy as it is the quickest and easiest solution. Caffeine only represents a short-term bandage to a lack of energy and ultimately you need to support a more natural energy level. Below are some alternatives to energy drinks that can help support your natural energy rather than tricking your body to be awake.

MitoQ

MitoQ is a supplement that helps to support the mitochondria in your body, which are the factories for cellular energy. With adequate support, the mitochondria are able to energize your cell, which may feel like an improvement in overall energy levels if your mitochondria are suffering from a decline in efficiency.

MitoQ works by protecting your mitochondria from oxidative stress that can hinder their ability to properly do their job.

Sleep

Sleep is the tried and true method of improving your overall energy level. Sleep is widely accepted as an important aspect of your ability to concentrate, stay focused, and feel awake and alert. Taking time to practice good sleep hygiene and getting your sleep right can provide you with all the energy you need without caffeine.

Keto-friendly options are out there

Keto-friendly energy drinks are a great option for those that find themselves in a need of a quick pick me up. With lower calories and no sugar, keto-friendly energy drinks allow a wider audience of people to enjoy the boost in energy including those that are watching their waistline, diabetics, and those on a keto diet.

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