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Is Lit Energy Bad For You? (Explored)

Beyond Raw Lit Energy is a powerful energy drink and a potent pre-workout.

Lit offers you a whopping 250mg of caffeine, no sugar, and only 20 calories per 16 oz serving. Not only that, it has many clinically dosed performance-enhancing ingredients in it’s blend.

But with the high-caffeine density and all, some may wonder if Lit Energy is bad for health.

And a brief answer to that is: Lit Energy is safe to consume as long as you stick to no more than one can a day. But caffeine intolerant people shouldn’t drink it because of the high amount of caffeine.

Want to know more about this energy drink and why it’s not bad for you? Then you should definitely read this article to the end.

Let’s go…

Lit Energy’s Nutritional Values

One should always take a look at the nutritional label of any product you’re consuming, especially if it’s an energy drink.

Here’s an easy to understand table with Lit Energy’s nutritional facts:

NutrientAmount per serving% of the daily amount
Caffeine250mg~62%
Calories20 Kcal1%
Total Carbohydrate4g1%
Total Sugars0g
Sodium40mg2%
Potassium90mg2%
Added Sugars0g
Lit’s nutrition facts.


Lit Energy is free of sugar and has a minimal amount of calories, making it ideal for fit lifestyles. It is also worth mentioning that although Lit doesn’t have any vitamins, most people either get enough of them from their diet or supplements, so it isn’t much of a problem.

Also, Lit Energy more than makes up for the lack of traditional energy drink ingredients, as we’ll see later.

Ingredients in Lit Energy

Lit Energy’s blend is more focused on enhancing overall physical and mental performance, and all of it ingredients are claimed to be clinically dosed for maximum effectiveness.

The main formula of Lit Energy is divided into two groups: Energy and Mental Intensity ingredients and the Pump and NOS Support ingredients.

Energy and Mental Intensity

Here are the ingredients which work to increase your energy levels and mental performance:

Pump and NOS Support

These two ingredients are there to help with Nitric oxide production and physical performance:

Apart from these, there are also the following ingredients in Lit Energy:

  • Natural and artificial flavors
  • Sucralose and Acesulfame K (as artificial sweeteners)
  • Citric acid
  • Tartaric acid
  • Soy oil
  • Lecithin blend calcium silicate and shellac
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose 
  • Sorbitol
  • Glycerin
  • Acetylate monoglycerides 
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Potassium sorbate
  • Magnesium silicate hydroxide
  • Colors (FD&C yellow #5, FD&C blue #1)

Caffeine in Lit Energy

Beyond Raw Lit is a pre-workout as well as an energy drink, so it has a caffeine content that is higher than most energy drinks, and it is 250mg per 16 ounce can.

But from a pre-workout point of view, Lit’s caffeine contents are pretty standard, considering other such energy drinks like Bang have 300mg of caffeine.

Despite all of the other performance enhancing ingredients, the real potency of Lit, or any energy drink for that matter, comes from it’s caffeine, and Lit has a tremendous amount of it, so the boost gained will also be of a high magnitude.

So much so, that people with lower caffeine tolerance might start feeling jittery or anxious from drinking it, so I would advise them to steer clear of highly-caffeinated drinks like Lit or Bang.

However, Lit is the perfect energy drink for those with a higher tolerance for caffeine, and also a great way to energise your workouts. –

But even for people with high tolerance, it is highly advised that they don’t, under any circumstances drink more than one can of Lit Energy, because two cans would amount to 500mg caffeine, and it’s a lot more than the 400 mg limit set by the FDA.

While caffeine in the right doses can be an amazing stimulant, it can have some side effects in higher than recommended doses:

  • Dehydration
  • Jitteriness
  • Anxiousness
  • Trouble with sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irregular heart rate

So I would recommend that, if you drink a can of Lit in a day, then you avoid drinking much of other caffeinated beverages like tea or coffee.

Sugar in Lit Energy

Lit Energy doesn’t have any sugar in it, which automatically makes it a much, much healthier option than other brands like Monster Energy or Rockstar

You see, sugar may taste wonderful and may put you in a good mood, but the high is only temporary and is usually followed by a sugar crash, which leaves you drained of energy and craving for more sugar.

Also, the AHA recommended amount of sugar is 24 grams a day for women, and 36 grams for men, and consuming more than that frequently can be a cause of some of these side effects:

  • Bloating
  • Dizziness
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Hunger

With Lit Energy, you don’t have to worry about these side effects as much as you would with a sugary drink.

Calories in Lit Energy

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Lit Energy is essentially free of calories, with only 20 of them in a 16.oz can.

Having so few calories is also a huge plus for me, since I prefer my energy drinks to have as few calories as possible. This also greatly reduces the risk of regular energy drink consumers gaining weight due to being in a caloric surplus.

The reason why Lit Energy’s manufacturers can manage to make it have such low calorie count is because it’s sugar-free, and most o the calories in an energy drink come from it’s sugar.

These calories are also devoid of any real nutritional value, so they’re just there to give you a temporary boost and then leave you hanging due to a sugar crash.

So, Lit Energy is safer than most energy drink in regard to the calorie content, and is one of the best options for fit and active lifestyles.

Artificial Sweeteners in Lit Energy

Lit Energy used Acesulfame K and Sucralose instead of sugar in it’s formula. Both are artificial sweeteners.

Sucralose is a widely used artificial sweetener which is sold in the US under name Splenda. It is an FDA certified artificial sweetener that is safe to consume for most people. Suralose is 500-700 times sweeter than sugar, so only minuscule amounts need to be used.

Acesulfsme K is also a sweetener certified by the FDA, and is 200 times sweeter than sugar while having no calories. It is sold under the brand names Sweet One and Sunnet.

While there are many rumors out there that claim artificial sweeteners are actually bad for your health and such, there isn’t any conclusive evidence of such effects yet, and so it is safe to assume that they are perfectly fine to consume.

Lit Energy’s Possible Side Effects

Lit Energy is a relatively safe energy drink. It has no sugar and almost no calories, making it a great option for active people.

It does have a large amount of caffeine in it, and if any side effects were to occur from drinking Lit, they would be mostly caffeine related, such as the ones I mentioned earlier.

But even these side effects will most likely only show themselves when you go over the 400mg caffeine limit, and you should be able to drink Lit Energy safely as long as you keep your consumption in control.

The same can’t be said for caffeine sensitive people, as they wouldn’t be able to tolerate the 250mg of caffeine in Lit Energy.

Another reason why some side-effects may occur with Lit Energy is if someone is allergic to or has a medical condition that makes them sensitive to any of the ingredients in it.

Is Lit Energy gluten-free?

Some people have unique constitutions that make them highly sensitive to foods containing gluten. Even tiny traces of it can trigger allergic responses in such people. Some examples of these medical conditions are:

  • Celiac Disease
  • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
  • Wheat Allergy

So, it is necessary for widely used products like energy drinks to befree of gluten, so that even the gluten-intolerant individuals can enjoy them.

Luckily, Lit Energy is completely free of gluten, as no traces of wheat, barley or rye are found in it.

Is Lit Energy Vegan?

Lit Energy
Lit Energy Drink: Zero Sugar

Another important quality that an energy drink must have is being vegan.

Vegan people avoid any foods, or even non-edible products that either have any traces of animals in them, or are tested on animals, due to ethical reasons.

Since a big portion of the world’s population is now vegan, it’s only natural to expect energy drinks to be vegan-friendly.

And, Lit Energy drink lives up to that expectation by being completely vegan.

One thing to note is that the Lit pre-workout powder, upon which Lit Energy is based off, contains Shellac which isn’t vegan. Lit Energy drink, however, doesn’t have Shellac in it, so it’s nothing to worry about.

Is Lit Energy bad for you?

As I’m sure we’ve established by now, Lit Energy is a pretty safe energy drink/pre-workout.

Apart from people with low caffeine tolerance, almost anyone can consume it safely, without worrying about any side effects.

Here’s a list of reasons why Lit Energy isn’t bad for you, and is actually safer than many energy drinks:

  • It doesn’t contain any sugar, which is the biggest cause for concern when it comes to energy drinks.
    • Because it doesn’t have any sugar, it is safe for people with Diabetes
  • It has a very neglegible number of calories, making it great for people trying to stay in a caloiric deficit
  • It is free of gluten, and so is safe for gluten sensitive people
  • It is vegan

So yeah, Lit Energy isn’t bad for most people.

How many Lit Energy can you drink in a day?

So…remember all that talk about Lit Energy not being bad for you that I did earlier?

It only applies to one can of Lit Energy drink in a day. Consuming more than one Lit Energy within a span of 24 hours is a bad idea.

The reason is that the caffeine contents in Lit Energy are more than half of the daily limit, and more than one Lit will put you above that limit, which will cause you to experience the side effects of caffeine overdose.

When is the best time to drink Lit Energy?

Since Lit Energy is said to be a pre workout as well as an energy drink, what is the best time to consume it, so that we can get the most out of it?

I would say that the best time to drink Lit Energy is 15-20 minutes before starting the workout. Caffeine takes around 20-30 minutes to enter your bloodstream and 45-60 minutes for complete stimulation.

But the caffeine in Lit Energy is actually anhydrous, meaning that it is devoid of any moisture and is thus a very concentrated form of caffeine.

And since it is highly concentrated, it gets absorbed into the blood much faster, leading to a faster-than-usual energy boost. Therefore, you should drink Lit Energy 15-20 minutes before working out to get the most out of your time at the gym.

Here’s a short review of Lit energy drink:

Lit Energy’s Flavors

Lit Energy drink comes in the following flavors:

  • Gummy Worm
  • Bubble Gum
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Orange Mango
  • Icy Fireworks
  • Watermelon Candy

It’s a pretty good list to choose from, so I’m sure you’ll find something that suits your palette.

Is Lit Energy worth it?

Another reason why a product can be bad for someone is if it ruins their budget.

Lit Energy is not one of those products. With a 12 pack costing around 30$, translating to 2.5$ per 16 ounce can, I would say that Lit offers great value for money.

Unlike other energy drinks in the same price range, Lit offers you a truly powerful blend with unique ingredients and gives a very potent boost to your physical and mental performances.

Alternatives To Lit Energy

Speaking of other options with lower caffeine, here are some recommendations that you might find helpful:

  • Monster Zero Ultra
  • 28 Black
  • Guru Organic Energy
  • Shark Energy
  • Irn-Bru Energy

Final Thoughts

To sum everything up, Lit Energy is a great, potent, and safe energy drink that most people can enjoy.

As long as they don’t drink more than one Lit, that is. It has large amounts of caffeine, remember?

The only downside is that caffeine sensitive people shouldn’t drink it, and should find other options that have lower caffeine amounts.

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