Monster Energy drinks are everywhere. You can find them online, in convenience stores, and even in advertisements. And with how iconic Monster Energy is, that’s no surprise. It’s been around for a while, and we can definitely expect it to stay.
Still, you have to remember that energy drinks aren’t the healthiest things to have in your diet. Whether you’re a student or an employee, all-nighters, and long days are a reality we all have to face.
And if you aren’t into coffee and the like, Monster is absolutely something to consider for the day’s dose of caffeine. But how many can you safely chug in that case?
I honestly think you should stick to one can of Monster Energy a day. Monster is loaded with caffeine, sugar, and other chemicals that might be bad for you if taken in excess.
What do I have to support this? Scroll down, and let’s get to it!
Monster Nutrition Facts
According to the back of the can, this is what your body gets from a can of Monster:
|Nutrient||Amount per serving(16 fl.oz)|
Sugar in Monster Energy
Monster Energy has 54g of sugar in it.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the recommended daily limit for sugar is 25g (around 6 teaspoons) for women and 36g (around 9 teaspoons) for men.
Compare that to Monster’s 54g, and it becomes clear that Monster has twice of either sex’s daily sugar limit.
That makes Monster one of the energy drink brands with higher sugar content. To compare it with other popular brands: NOS has 54g, Red Bull has 27g, and the G Fuel cans and powders are sugar-free.
Safe to say, that means a Monster is a less-than-ideal option if you’re also trying to cut down. But when you talk about sugar content, another thing to remember is that sugar is everywhere. So your can of Monster for the day is unlikely to be the only source of sugar you drink within a day.
What does that mean exactly? It’s easy to accidentally consume too much sugar even if you try to keep your sugar to a minimum.
Frankly, drinking a can of Monster is a question of:
- How far above the daily limit you’re willing to go?
- How willing you are to make an effort to burn the extra calories with exercise?
Monster’s sugar content is pretty bad at first glance, but it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. Besides moderation, you can keep things in check by exercising regularly and making sure you burn all the energy Monster gives you.
But what if you don’t burn all the energy properly? Expect a sugar overdose.
Here’s a brief list of what happens to people who overdo it with sugar:
- Sugar crash
- Bad dental health
- Weakened joints
- Faster aging skin
- Increased risk of Type-2 Diabetes
And that’s not even all of it.
Calories in Monster Energy
Monster has 210 calories per serving. This makes it high in caloric content for an energy drink.
As mentioned, Monster isn’t the best choice if you want to lose weight. However, incorporating it into your daily routine could still be possible if you’re mindful of what else you have throughout the day.
But why do we need to talk about calories here?
To begin with, calories are a measure of how much energy your body gets from consuming any food or drink. From the sound of it, it wouldn’t sound much like it could be related to weight gain, but it is.
Why? Whatever calories you take but don’t burn by the end of the day gets stored as fat to be used later on.
As for how much you need to keep a healthy diet, the general rule is that the recommended daily limit is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men.
It might be better to figure this out with a doctor before you do anything though. The truth is: how much you need every day depends on a lot of things.
Examples of what can affect the number of calories you need every day are:
- Biological sex
- Lifestyle (e.g how physically active you are)
- Body size
- Your body’s production of thyroid hormones
- What medicines you’re taking
- Whether or not you’re sick
Vitamins in Monster
Monster has several B-vitamins in its formula. These B-vitamins include Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12.
What are they doing in an energy drink? See, all of the B-vitamins are essential to metabolism. Having them in your diet makes sure that your body has enough energy to get through its regular processes throughout the day.
That’s because they’re water-soluble vitamins. So any excess your body gets from what you eat and drink will get out through your urine.
Vitamin overdoses are more a concern for people who use medication and supplements than they are for those who don’t. Hence there’s no need to worry about drinking more than 100% of your daily requirement right before eating something else that’s loaded with vitamins.
Other examples of water-soluble vitamins in Monster are Niacin (vitamin B3) and Riboflavin (vitamin B2). You won’t overdose from taking either from food, but being careful with their over-the-counter versions could make you feel ill.
Where can you find all these B-vitamins? Meat, eggs, and other animal foods are all rich in vitamin B-complex. Leafy green and root vegetables are also good options if you don’t want a lot of meat in your diet.
Here’s what you can find in Monster:
- Carbonated Water
- Citric Acid
- Natural Flavours
- Sodium Citrate
- Color Added
- Panax Ginseng Extract
- L-Carnitine L-Tartrate
- Sorbic Acid
- Benzoic Acid
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Guarana Extract
- Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Monster Energy Caffeine Content
Monster has 160mg of caffeine in its formula.
Besides (presumably) Caffeine Anhydrous, the caffeine content in Monster comes from guarana and glucuronolactone.
Firstly, Caffeine Anhydrous is a powder with concentrated caffeine. This is what’s typically used to give things like energy drinks their caffeine content.
How concentrated is Caffeine Anhydrous compared to the usual coffee powder? Usually, a single teaspoon of caffeine anhydrous will have enough caffeine for several cups of coffee.
Secondly, guarana is a Brazillian fruit that’s known for its caffeine content. It is said to provide a “slow” release that some belief allows the energy boost to stay longer.
Consuming guarana is associated with these benefits:
- Better Focus
- Energy Boost
- Improved Learning
- Hastened Weight Loss
- Diarrhea and Constipation treatment
- Better heart health
- Pain relief
- Better skin
However, consuming guarana can give you all the same drawbacks tied to caffeine. Guarana is a fruit but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to have more than you should.
The drawbacks of caffeine are:
- Palpitations (Fast heartbeat)
- Upset stomach
- Insomnia (Difficulty sleeping)
- Potential dependency
How to avoid having to deal with these? Stick to the 400mg of caffeine per day limit the experts recommended.
Monster Energy might have less than half of that in its formula, but it’s important to remember that energy drinks and coffee aren’t your only sources of caffeine.
Caffeine is in tea, chocolate, and some medications too.
As for where you can find guarana, the fruit itself isn’t widely available for purchase as of the time I’m writing this. But outside energy drinks, guarana extract is a common ingredient in supplements.
Lastly, Glucuronolactone is a chemical that is usually either synthesized in a laboratory or produced naturally by the body. It’s good for boosting energy, but there is little known about it outside of that.
Artificial Sweeteners in Monster
Monster Energy’s formula makes use of Sucralose.
Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that’s known to be up to 600 times sweeter than sugar. It usually goes under the brand name “Splenda”, and is the most commonly used artificial sweetener worldwide.
This kind of artificial sweetener is manufactured via a process wherein three hydrogen-oxygen groups are replaced with chlorine atoms.
The result of this process gives Sucralose a unique chemical structure that keeps it from being absorbed by the body’s gastrointestinal system during digestion. Instead, the Sucralose you consume will exit your system through your urine.
Despite many people questioning its safety, Sucralose is considered safe to consume by the FDA.
Is Monster Energy Worth It?
Energy drinks are worth purchasing as long as you know the proper dosage of consumption and your daily limits as far as its ingredients – sugar, calories, and caffeine – are concerned.
Monster Energy is another popular energy drink. It is available worldwide. Monster is consists of 210 calories, 160mg of caffeine, and a whopping 54g of sugar.
54g of sugar is a lot to take considering the daily limit for sugar consumption that is between 25g to 36g.
In my opinion, Monster Energy is worth trying and worth purchasing so long as you won’t consume it daily, keeping in mind its sugar content.
How Much is Monster Energy?
The price of Monster Energy drink varies depending on where you’re gonna buy them.
In Amazon, for example, a 12-pack of Monster Energy is priced roughly around $37-$38 which goes down to $3 per 16 fl.oz of Monster can.
Not bad though.
Monster is available anywhere, you can buy it online or even in your local store.
Is Monster Energy Bad For You?
Not really. Although Monster has high caloric content, sugar content, and caffeine content, it won’t be bad for your health as long as you keep your consumption within the daily limits, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy diet.
However, if you are pregnant, nursing, a minor, or sensitive to caffeine, then you might want to find some other way to stay awake.
What about being a kid or pregnant makes Monster a bad idea? Caffeine.
Children, adolescents, and caffeine-sensitive individuals are more vulnerable to the negative effects of caffeine than most others. That means they’re more likely to experience the negative effects of caffeine like higher blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety.
That means it’ll take a lot less for them to lose sleep, feel jittery, etc.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), minors can consume up to 100mg of caffeine a day. As long as their caffeine intake doesn’t exceed that, they’ll be fine.
What about pregnant women though? Even though pregnant women can safely have up to 200mg of caffeine per day, they’re still better off avoiding Monster altogether.
Besides caffeine, Monster has many substances that don’t add any nutritional value (like artificial sweeteners) or are unsafe for pregnant women to consume (ginseng).
Monster Energy vs Red Bull
Monster Energy and Red Bull are both famous energy drinks. However, both vary in their contents such as; ingredients, vitamins, caffeine, sugar, and caloric contents.
Monster Energy, as presented in this article, is another superior energy drink. Despite its high sugar content, it is still notable for its nutritious ingredients that are helpful for proper bodily function. These ingredients are:
- Guarana extract which is rich in antioxidants.
- Panax Ginseng Root which can boost cognitive function.
- L-Carnitine Tartrate that can help reduce blood pressure, and increase oxygen supply to the muscles.
Red Bull, on the other hand, contains 110 calories, 27g of sugar, and 80mg of caffeine. These handfuls of ingredients can be found in every 8.4 fl.oz of Red Bull can. Aside from these, Red Bull also consists of Taurine, Sodium, Citric Acid, and B-Vitamins.
In short, both energy drinks are good when consumed in the right amount.
Who Should Not Drink Monster Energy?
Okay, so there are some pretty clear categories to be included in this list.
The first ones are the PREGNANT WOMEN, they are not supposed to consume not only Monster but any energy drink, as it can be harmful to the baby’s development.
Caffeine can also cross the placenta and enter a baby’s bloodstream
The second most important group who should not drink Monster is CHILDREN, who shouldn’t be allowed to consume any sort of energy drinks, because it may hamper their mental as well as physical growth.
A child’s body is usually more sensitive to substances like caffeine than an adult is and hence it has a worse effect on them. Some possible health consequences of drinking too much Monster (or too much of any caffeinated drink) include :
- altered sleep cycles
- impulsiveness and depression
- stunted development
- irritability, mood swings, anxiety
- jitteriness and hyperactivity
The third kind of people who should avoid consuming an energy drink are the ones with some DISEASE OR MEDICATION, they should consult their physician first.
The fourth type is CAFFEINE SENSITIVE PEOPLE, these people are at high risk (in terms of caffeine consumption) as even the slightest sip of coffee can cause some unusual symptoms.
Although there can be differences among people with caffeine sensitivity and their triggering levels.
Some effects of caffeination seen in caffeine-sensitive people are as follows:
- racing heartbeat
- nervousness or anxiousness
Monster Energy Drink Alternatives
Well, if Monster Energy doesn’t go well with your taste buds, there are still some alternatives that you can choose from. These energy drinks contain zero to minimal calories, sugar, and caffeine.
Some of these energy drinks that are mostly similar to Monster Energy are:
- Celsius Energy
- Bang Energy Drink
- NOS Energy Drink
- Raze Energy Drink
- Reign Energy
- Rogue Energy
- Red Bull
You can drink one can a day at most because Monster is high in calories, sugar, and caffeine. So though it’s capable of giving you the boost you need to get through your daily grind, it can just as easily endanger your health if you drink any more than that.
For a quick review:
|Substance||Amount in Monster||Daily Limit|
|Calories||210 calories||2000 (women), 2500 (men)|
|Sugar||54g||25g (women), 36g (men)|
I don’t think Monster is the best option for consumers looking to cut down on calories, but its caffeine levels are manageable despite being high.
But as long as you don’t drink more than one can within a day, you should be fine. That, and avoid drinking Monster or any other kind of energy drinks if you’re underage, pregnant, or sensitive to caffeine.
Like with a lot of other things, the key here is to know your limits and to be mindful of what you eat and drink.