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Keto Safe Energy Drinks

Louise Hendon | January 14

There is no denying it, each year, people are working longer hours, are spending more time in traffic, and are generally more tired and sleep deprived.  In fact, a CDC study found that more than a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep.

So it’s no wonder that many people turn to energy drinks to stay awake and be able to function during the day.

Can You Drink Energy Drinks on Keto?

Many energy drinks are loaded with sugar and so those are definitely not Keto safe!  But if you look a bit harder, you’d be surprised how many keto friendly energy drinks are out there.  And below we’ve listed several brands you can enjoy safely on Keto.

Are there any nutritional benefits to drinking energy drinks?  Should you be drinking them at all?

Looking at energy drinks from a nutritional point of view, they are not the best way to stay hydrated as they contain a lot of sugar and caffeine, two substances that can contribute to dehydration. 

Add to that the other additives on the ingredients list, like artificial flavors and sweeteners, which might have adverse effects for certain people, and it is obvious that energy drinks are not necessary in any type of diet. 

What energy drinks are amazing at doing is giving users a big energy hit as they usually contain 150-200mg of caffeine per can and a whopping 60g of carbs (from the high sugar content).  However, consuming too much caffeine has been linked to sleep problems so drinking energy drinks regularly could cause long-term health problems even if you’re drinking Keto-approved energy drinks.

Overall, energy drinks are not a daily necessity, and some might argue, they are not necessary at all. But, if you enjoy the occasional energy drink, and are looking for some keto safe energy drinks, there are some good options for you.

Not All Low-Carb and Sugar-Free Energy Drinks are Safe for Keto

As with all drinks, the easiest is to look for either the sugar free or zero or low-carb version of your favorite brand. 

But be aware, this does not mean they are automatically carb free.  

For example, Monster Energy Zero Ultra still contains 2g of carbs per can and their “Lo Carb” drink contains 10 grams of carbs per can!

G Fuel is a popular energy drink among gamers and they advertise their product as “a clean and healthy alternative to sugar-loaded Energy Drinks”.  However, while there’s no added sugar in G Fuel, depending on flavor, there is still 2-5 grams of carbs present in one serving.

So be careful when you pick up an energy drink that’s labeled as “Sugar-Free” or “Low-Carb.”

Keto safe energy drinks:

Luckily, many popular energy drink brands (like Red Bull or Rockstar) offer zero sugar zero carb versions of their drinks to keep you going. Whether you pick up a Red Bull Total Zero or a Rockstar Pure Zero, or even a Rockstar Zero Carb, you can rest assured that these drinks contain zero grams of carbs.

As for Instagram’s favorite energy drink...VPX Bang Energy Drink is a keto friendly drink which also contains zero grams of carbs.

There are, of course, other low carb, keto-friendly options for energy drinks, if you want more variety in your life:

  • Celsius Naturals - 2g carbs
  • MatchaBar Hustle Sparkling Matcha Energy Drink - 1g carbs
  • RUNA Energy Drinks - 1g carbs
  • Solimo Silver Energy Drink - 2g carbs
  • Nuun Sport + Caffeine tablets - 2g carbs
  • Reign Total Body Fuel - 1g carbs
  • EBOOST Super Fuel - 2g carbs
  • SOUND Sparkling Organic Yerba Mate - 0g carbs
  • UPTIME – Blueberry Pomegranate, Sugar-Free - 2g carbs

Takeaway 

Pay attention to the nutritional label and switch from regular energy drinks to their sugar free counterparts.

Louise Hendon

Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.