Experimenting with new flavor combinations is a fun part of many things, including food and drinks. That’s all well and good, but if you don’t have the information you need to make the right decisions, it could all go wrong.
Energy drink consumption isn’t about contests. I can’t imagine anyone doing something like that! Even so, many of us treat these things as if they were coffee. It’s easy to believe that we’ll only need one on any given day, but that’s not always the case.
So, how many servings of Sneak can you have in a day?
Sneak is safe to consume two servings per day. It contains 200mg of caffeine per serving, has few calories, and no sugar, so it should be easy to incorporate into your diet.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started!
Sneak Nutrition Facts
Here’s what a serving of Sneak can give you:
|Nutrient||Amount per serving (10g)||Percent Daily Value (%DV)|
|Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)||80mg||89%|
|Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)||219mcg||12%|
|Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)||.6mcg||25%|
Calories in Sneak
Sneak is considered a calorie-free product.
You’re not supposed to take the label literally. “Calorie-free” actually means that a product only gives five or less calories overall. Unless you’re talking about water, it’s impossible for anything to really be calorie-free. That might not be a bad thing though. In the first place, calories are a measure of the amount of energy your body derives from consuming any food or drink.
To put it another way, calories are required to get through the day. If you don’t get enough, you’ll be disappointed when you don’t have enough energy to get through the day. Maintaining a healthy diet, on the other hand, is more about striking a balance between what you consume and how much you can burn. After all, it’s the excess that’s stored as fat.
How do you find that balance? First thing anyone should do if they have this concern is consult a doctor on how much their body needs. Doing that can give you a clearer idea of how to go about a diet without subjecting yourself to malnutrition.
Although it’s generally assumed that men should have 2500 calories a day while women should have 2000, the truth is more complicated. There are actually many factors that influence how many calories you need in a day.
These factors can vary between:
- Body size
- Whether or not you’re on medication right now
How Much Caffeine is in Sneak Energy?
Sneak has 200mg of caffeine.
Caffeine is a stimulant-type drug that comes from coffee beans. This is true for all its forms, including the Caffeine Anhydrous that’s used in Sneak’s formula.
According to the FDA, the average adult can drink up to 400mg before the side effects become a risk. Keep in mind, the average coffee cup usually has 95mg of caffeine in it. So meeting this daily limit will require you to either drink 4 cups of coffee, or 2 servings of Sneak Energy.
Go any further than that and you’ll risk either experiencing any one of caffeine’s unpleasant side effects or get a caffeine overdose.
The common side effects of caffeine are:
- Insomnia (Difficulty sleeping)
- Frequent urination
- Palpitations (Fast heartbeat)
- Twitching (Muscle tremors)
Meanwhile, the symptoms of a caffeine overdose are easy to miss. Many of them are things that can be mistaken for signs of something else like (e.g dizziness, increased thirst, insomnia, etc).
However, there are more severe symptoms you can experience. If ever you experience any of them, call for help immediately.
The some of the more severe symptoms of a caffeine overdose are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
Here’s Sneak’s official ingredients list:
- Alpha GPC
- Caffeine anhydrous
- Malic acid
- Natural Flavors
- Acesulfame Potassium
- Spirulina Powder (food coloring)
- Silicon Dioxide
Artificial Sweeteners in Sneak
Sneak Energy does contain artificial sweeteners.
For a bit of an intro, artificial sweeteners are one of many kinds of sugar substitutes people use to reduce the sugar content in their food.
Artificial sweeteners are also calorie-free products, so they’re also popular among people who want to watch their weight too. Sometimes, they’re also called “intense sweeteners” because they’re often several hundred times sweeter than sugar.
Sneak has two kinds of artificial sweeteners: Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium.
Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that’s derived from sucrose (normal sugar) and is 600 times sweeter than sugar. It’s manufactured through a lab process that involves replacing a few hydrogen-oxygen groups with chlorine molecules.
This process results in sucralose having a unique chemical structure that prevents it from being absorbed during digestion. And since it doesn’t get absorbed during digestion (it comes out with your urine instead), it’s safer than many other artificial sweeteners.
Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K) is in a similar spot. It’s 200 times sweeter than sugar and is used in thousands of products all over the United States. However, unlike most artificial sweeteners, Ace-K is known for its bitter aftertaste.
Ace-K’s aftertaste is the reason why it’s often mixed with other artificial sweeteners (e.g sucralose) when it’s used to flavor products. It’s also made in a lab through a process wherein acetoacetic acid is combined with potassium. And like sucralose, it’s not absorbed by the body during the digestive process.
Although artificial sweeteners have been under scrutiny and even controversial for decades, they’re considered safe to consume by the FDA.
Taurine in Sneak Energy
Taurine is an amino acid that supports many bodily processes.
Taurine can be both produced by the body or taken through supplements. And as you’ve seen, it’s also a common ingredient in energy drinks. It can also be found in food like meat, fish, and dairy products. Within the body, it’s at its most concentrated in the eyes, brain, and muscles.
As for what exactly your body needs it for, here’s a list of all the purposes it serves:
- Manages calcium levels in the cells
- Supporting your eyes
- Maintains electrolyte count
- Regulates antioxidants
- Forming bile salts you can use during digestion
- Supporting your central nervous system’s functions
Thanks to all this, taurine is associated with improved athletic performance, as well as better heart and bone health. Taurine even has antioxidant effects that can help protect your liver from free radical and toxin damage.
Maltodextrin in Sneak Energy
Maltodextrin is a food additive that serves many functions.
Maltodextrin is found in many things, especially packaged food. It can be a sweetener, preservative, or even thickening agent.
Examples of foods that are likely to contain maltodextrin are:
- Cooked Cereals
- Sugary sweets
- Energy drinks
However, it’s not particularly good at any of the roles listed above. Manufacturers use it primarily because it’s cheap and gives a quick boost in energy.
As for where it comes from, maltodextrin can be made from any starchy food like corn, wheat, tapioca, or barley. Normally, this would disqualify it from being safe to eat for people with Celiac disease or a similar condition. But the process the ingredients go through to create maltodextrin removes any kind of gluten content from its composition. Maltodextrin is also considered safe to consume by the FDA.
Who Can’t Drink Sneak?
Minors, pregnant women, and people who are sensitive to caffeine should avoid drinking Sneak.
Why? That’s because people from these groups are more vulnerable to the side effects of caffeine than most are. So drinking Sneak, especially if they do it regularly, could seriously damage their health.
To be more specific, minors, pregnant women, and caffeine-sensitive people aren’t totally incapable of having caffeine. They actually can enjoy caffeine in the form of other common food products like chocolate, tea, and soft drinks.
What I mean when I say they’re more vulnerable to the side effects of caffeine is that they’re more likely to get their sleep patterns disrupted and experience high blood pressure. This is true even when dealing with relatively small amounts like what you can find in a cup of coffee.
It’s for this reason that experts say minors should limit their caffeine intake from any source to just 100mg a day. According to them, this is as far as a child or adolescent can go with caffeine before the side effects become a risk.
And as for how important it is that children stick to this limit: there have been reports of adolescents being hospitalized and sometimes dying from caffeine overdose.
Meanwhile, pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to less than 200mg a day since the effects of caffeine on a fetus aren’t completely known yet.
Can You Drink Sneak Everyday?
Yes, you can drink Sneak everyday.
Sneak has low calorie content and no sugar. So, the only point of concern to think about here is the caffeine. Unless you’re allergic or sensitive to one of the other ingredients anyway.
As mentioned, Sneak has 200mg of caffeine, and the daily limit is 400mg. That means if caffeine is the only thing you need to consider when deciding how safe it is to make Sneak part of your routine, then it’s well within acceptable levels.
Can You Drink Sneak While On a Diet?
Sneak Energy fits well into a number of diets.
Sneak has low caloric content and is sugar-free. Combine that with its reputation of not causing a crash despite its caffeine content, and it becomes a solid choice for anyone hoping to lose weight in the present and future.
Going back to the ingredient list above, Sneak is also vegan and gluten-free. No animals or animal by-products were involved in the making of Sneak or its ingredients.
Sneak is also gluten-free. None of the ingredients other than maltodextrin have anything to do with wheat or any other gluten-based grain. So unless something was cross-contaminated during the manufacturing process, it’s highly unlikely drinking Sneak will cause a reaction. However, there is a grey area in all this in the “Natural Flavors” part of the ingredient list.
Natural Flavors is a broad term to describe any plant or animal that was used to flavor the food. Because of that, it’s sometimes used by companies to hide non-vegan-friendly ingredients or wheat-based ingredients.
Sometimes it’s possible to figure out what’s really in a product by looking for allergen warnings and the like. But the best way to get answers to any of your concerns is to contact the manufacturer and ask them directly.
You can have up to two servings of Sneak a day. Sneak being a calorie-free and sugar-free energy drink with just 200mg of caffeine makes it easy to fit into most diets. So as long as you’re an adult and don’t have any conditions that might make drinking caffeine complicated, you have nothing to worry about.
I personally don’t think you should actually drink 2 servings of Sneak in one day. It’s a good brand and all, but 200mg is still a lot of caffeine for one serving. And considering what can happen if you accidentally get too much, I don’t think it’s worth the risk. Health is wealth after all!
If you have any questions about any of the other ingredients in Sneak and what they mean for your health, feel free to consult a doctor for more details.