Full Throttle is a hard-hitting energy drink that gives you 160mg caffeine, 230 calories, and 55 grams of sugar per 16 fluid ounces.
Introduced by the Coca-Cola Company in 2004, it’s safe to say that Full Throttle has been around for quite some time. In 2015, the brand was acquired by Monster Energy.
Regardless of its owner, Full Throttle has continued to gain fanfare and criticism from energy drink enthusiasts worldwide. Some love it, and others think it’s unhealthy. Some are just skeptical of it.
As such, there are a lot of questions floating around about this energy drink, and it’s my job to answer them.
In this article, I’ll be answering the question of “How many cans of Full Throttle can you have in a day?”
In short: Full Throttle is a highly sugary drink; therefore, it is a very bad idea to drink more than one can of it in a day. In fact, I would recommend that you only drink it every once in a while.
Want to know exactly why I think so? If yes, I advise you to read this article to the end.
Full Throttle’s Ingredients
A can of Full Throttle contains the following ingredients in it:
- Carbonated water
- Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
- High fructose corn syrup
- Citric acid
- Sodium citrate
- Calcium D-Pantothenate
- Blue #1
- Red #40
- Natural & artificial flavors
- Sodium benzoate (preservative)
Nutrition Facts of Full Throttle
A 16-ounce Full Throttle has the following nutritional values:
|Amount per 16 fl.oz
(Of which saturated)
(of which sugars)
Full Throttle has three B-vitamins. Here is a table showing their amounts and benefits
|Helps improve fat levels in the blood and control blood pressure, etc.
|Livens up the mood, reduces symptoms of depression and aids hemoglobin production, etc.
|Aids with the formation of red blood cells and help prevent major birth defects in infants, etc.
Caffeine in Full Throttle
Full Throttle contains 160 milligrams of caffeine per 16 ounces.
The recommended caffeine limit is 400 mg in a day, and Full Throttle contains less than half of this amount, so its caffeine content isn’t high by any means. However, caffeine-sensitive people might find it to be too much for them.
With this much, you can drink Full Throttle and drink a cup or two of coffee in a day without overdosing on caffeine. And caffeine in moderate doses has been shown to have benefits such as:
- Helps you focus
- Keeps you alert
- Reduces fatigue
- Improves physical performance
- Reduce the risk of diabetes and certain types of cancers
- Improve brain function and improve memory.
But caffeine is only beneficial in moderate to low doses, and consuming too much of it can lead to caffeine overdose, which can cause you to experience the following:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Irregular heartbeat
- Increased blood pressure
One thing to keep in mind is that a can of Full Throttle is 16 ounces and can be consumed as two servings, so if you’re a little caffeine-sensitive, you can just drink half of it and save the other half for later.
Sugar in Full Throttle
Energy drinks, and sodas, are notorious for having large amounts of sugar in them, which makes them somewhat unhealthy, and Full Throttle is among the frontrunners of the bunch.
Full Throttle contains an immense amount of sugar, which is 55 grams.
For reference, the recommended sugar intake limit for men is 36 grams, and for women, it is 24 grams, as decided by the AHA.
It goes without saying that consuming even one Full Throttle will put you way above the safety threshold for sugar, which is risky, as we consume other sugary foods and beverages.
Going overboard with sugar consumption can lead to a sugar crash due to sudden spikes, i.e., highs and lows in the body’s glucose and insulin levels. It has the following symptoms:
- Fatigue and difficulty concentrating
- Feeling jittery or anxious
- Feeling shaky or dizzy
Hence it would help to keep in mind the possibility of a crash when you drink Full Throttle before an important task, like studying all night for an exam. In such situations, a sugar-free energy drink would be perfect.
Also, these are only the short term side effects, and overconsuming sugar over long periods can have devastating health implications such as:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Sugar addiction
- Mental fog along with decreased energy levels
- Acne and other skin problems
- Fatty liver disease
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Teeth decay
Therefore, if you’re drinking a Full Throttle every day, you must stop doing so unless you want to end up with the abovementioned health issues.
Although I don’t need to mention this, diabetic people can under no circumstances drink Full Throttle.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that Full Throttle also contains high fructose corn syrup, which adds sweetness to a beverage. According to this article, this sweetener could have some potentially dangerous effects if consumed in excess.
To learn more about sugar’s effects, consider watching this Ted Talk:
Calories in Full Throttle
Full Throttle contains 230 calories per 16 fl.oz.
The number of calories in Full Throttle is unusually high for an energy drink, and it is around 10% of the average caloric requirement.
The FDA recommends a daily caloric intake of around 2000 calories, and while this requisite may differ from person to person, it still serves as a good standard.
If you have a balanced diet, you’re probably already getting the calories you need from the said diet, and adding an extra 10% from an energy drink is only viable if you live an active life.
If you work out, go on a jog, or just do any amount of physically intensive activity daily, you will be able to burn off the excess calories, and they won’t be an issue for you. In fact, they will provide your body with an added reserve of fuel.
However, if you’re someone who lives a sedentary lifestyle, and spends a lot of their time sitting at a desk in an office, then I’m afraid you will be better off finding another energy drink that has fewer calories or no-calorie energy drink.
You see, calories that don’t get used up will get stored as fats, which leads to weight gain, and over time, obesity.
One thing I should mention here is that almost all of the calories in Full Throttle come from the sugar in it, which means that they are empty calories and can’t give you nutrition.
How Many Full Throttle Can You Have In A Day?
You can’t drink more than one 16 fl.oz can of Full Throttle in a day. Even one can prove to be too much, so it’s better to drink it only occasionally.
From a caffeine standpoint, Full Throttle is pretty average for its size, and it shouldn’t be an issue even if you consume twice the amount of caffeine in this energy drink, as it will still be below 400mg.
But does that mean you can safely drink two cans of Full Throttle in a day?
Unfortunately, you can’t.
There is simply too much sugar in this energy drink. That even a single can will put you over the recommended amount of sugar, and I’m not even counting the sugar from your regular diet.
Consider this: If someone were to ingest 110 grams of sugar (which is the amount of sugar that’d be in two Full Throttles) every single day for a few months, what would happen to them?
They would have destroyed their health and would be well on their way to obesity. Even if you were to consume one can of Full Throttle daily, you would be putting yourself at significant risk.
Therefore, I recommend that you keep Full Throttle as a last resort type energy drink that you occasionally drink when you need extra energy. Full Throttle gives you an immense boost due to its caffeine and sugar, but it may come at a hefty cost.
Is Full Throttle Bad For You?
Drinking Full Throttle every once in a while shouldn’t be bad for your health, provided that you don’t have any existing medical condition.
The problems start arising when someone tries to drink this daily. With the copious amount of sugar in it and the calories, it becomes a challenge to formulate a diet that has space for 55 grams of sugar.
As you can imagine, there isn’t any healthy diet that permits the consumption of such amounts of sugar. I mean, you can either have a nutritious diet, or you can have a diet that has Full Throttle in it.
Anyways, it is best if you consume Full Throttle once, maybe twice a week if you want to avoid any sugary problems.
Flavors of Full Throttle
Full Throttle had multiple flavors in the past, but many have been discontinued. Only two remain, which are:
- Original Citrus
- Blue Agave
Both these flavors taste delicious, which is probably why people keep coming back to Full Throttle despite its risks.
Original Citrus is a highly carbonated, citrusy flavor with a good aftertaste. Also, despite the name and color of the can, the drink itself is green.
As for Blue Agave, it is hard to pinpoint what it tastes like, but there is a prominent honey-like taste. It’s also sweeter than Original Citrus, so if you like super sweet energy drinks, you know which flavor to choose.
Alternatives To Full Throttle
Looking for energy drinks that don’t have a ton of sugar and calories in them? Here are a few recommendations from yours truly:
As tempting as it may be due to its taste, Full Throttle is one of those energy drinks that just aren’t made for regular consumption.
Due to its highly sugary nature and calories, Full Throttle might cause a bunch of health problems if you drink more than one of it in a day. In fact, it is best to consume half a can per day.
Full Throttle excels as an occasional treat, once in a while giving you a powerful boost along with healthy b-vitamins to keep you ahead of the curve.
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