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Is Sneak Energy Bad for You? (Truth)

Sneak is one of those gleaming new brands that everyone is talking about. Especially with its well-designed logos and labels, as well as the promise of clean energy. And, given how uncommon powder packets are in energy drinks, trying it looks like a good idea.

Still, you can’t forget that Sneak is still an energy drink. So whatever controversies and concerns those bring to mind should also apply to Sneak. 

Sneak Packet
Boon or bomb?

It’s not perfect for sure, but does that make it bad for you?

Short answer is no. Sneak has considerably more caffeine than your average cup of coffee. But you’re unlikely to get a bad reaction from that or the other ingredients under normal circumstances. 

Before we get into Sneak’s health benefits and side effects, let’s go through its nutritional facts first.

Sneak Nutritional Facts

According to the back of the tub, here’s what a serving of Sneak can give your body: 

Nutrient Amount Per Serving (10g)Percent Daily Value (%DV)
Calores12
Total Carbohydrate3g1%
Total Sugars0g
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 80mg89%
Thiamin 165mcg14%
Riboflavin120mcg9%
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6) 219mcg12%
Folate/Folic Acid 30mcg13%
Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12).6mcg25%
Biotin 37mcg123%
Pantothenic Acid750mcg15%
Calcium60mg5%
Magnesium56mg13%
Sodium230mcg10%
Potassium 145g3%
Sneak Energy Nutrition Facts

The third column in the table is percent daily value.

Percent Daily Value (%DV) is how much of your daily need for a nutrient you get by consuming the recommended serving size. The percent daily value allows you to make informed and responsible decisions about the food you buy and consume. 

Specifically, %DV is indicated to give you a clearer view of what each percentage means for you and your health. You can’t memorize all the daily limits in your diets as specific diets require meticulous calculation and mindfulness for them to be effective.

As for where the %DV calculations come from, they’re typically calculated on the assumption that you follow a 2000 calorie per day diet. 

Calories in Sneak Energy

Sneak Energy is calorie-free.

Calorie-free doesn’t mean what most people think it means though. By that I mean you really aren’t supposed to take it literally; it just means the product in question has less than 5 calories overall.

That means Sneak Energy isn’t among the energy drinks you can compare to sodas where calories are concerned. 

But what are calories anyway? Why be concerned about how many there are in anything?

To be clear, calories are a measure of how much energy your body can get from consuming any food or drink. Your body requires calories for it to function properly.

Keeping a healthy diet and weight isn’t as much about restricting your caloric intake. It’s more about balancing what you consume with what you burn. Remember: it’s the excess calories you have that turn into fat, not everything you eat. 

The rule of thumb is that the recommended calorie intake is 2000 a day for women and 2500 for men. But here’s where it gets complicated: how much you actually need is complicated by a lot of things. These include your body weight, lifestyle, and your age. 

While there’s nothing wrong with going along with the general assumption, making sure your more specific needs are met will require assistance from a trained professional. 

Is Sneak Energy Sugar-Free?

Artificial Sweeteners (Splenda)
Splenda

Sneak Energy is a sugar-free product. 

Instead of sugar, Sneak’s formula makes use of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are a kind of sugar substitute people use to lessen the sugar content in the things they consume.

Why they might want to do this varies between scenarios. A company might use them to make their product easier to market to people who want to cut down on sugar. Individuals might want to use artificial sweeteners to flavor their food without having to worry about gaining weight.

Some people might also consider cutting down on sugar or taking it out of their diets entirely for health reasons. Diabetes is a common reason for this kind of dietary adjustment. 

Now for the specifics: the artificial sweeteners you can find in Sneak are Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K). 

Sucralose is the most commonly used artificial sweetener under the name “Splenda”. It’s 600 times sweeter than sugar and is considered a calorie-free product. It’s also made in a lab setting by replacing some of the hydrogen-oxygen groups in sugar with chlorine atoms. 

Despite there being concerns about how it can affect a person’s health, it’s considered safe by the FDA. This is largely because of its chemical structure, which prevents it from being absorbed by the body during digestion. There are also hundreds of studies from several years’ worth of research to back it up. 

Meanwhile, Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K) is a little less common but is still used in a lot of products from the United States. Like Sucralose, it’s made in a lab by mixing Acetoacetic acid with Potassium. 

It’s 200 times sweeter than sugar and is also considered calorie-free. However, it also has a bitter aftertaste that’s the reason it often gets mixed with other artificial sweeteners (like Sucralose) when used to flavor food products. 

Vitamins in Sneak Energy 

Sneak has many water-soluble vitamins that can aid your metabolism and give you more energy. 

To summarize, here are the vitamins you can find in Sneak Energy:

Name on the canCommon nameAmount (%DV)
Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C80mg (89%)
Thiamin Vitamin B1165mcg (14%)
Riboflavin Vitamin B2120mcg (9%)
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride Vitamin B6219mcg (12%)
Folate/Folic Acid Vitamin B930mcg (13%)
Cyanocobalamin Vitamin B12.6mcg (25%)
Biotin Vitamin B737mcg (123%)
Pantothenic Acid Vitamin B5750mcg (15%)
Vitamins in Sneak Energy

The components of the Vitamin B-complex along with Vitamin C are all water-soluble. That means they dissolve in water and any excess will end up coming out in your urine. So you’re highly unlikely to get an overdose on any of them from food or drink alone. 

For a quick run-through, B-vitamins are known for boosting metabolism and supporting other bodily processes. Thanks to this, they’re often associated with having more energy and improved focus. These vitamins are often found in meat and different kinds of vegetables. 

Vitamin C is an important nutrient you can also find in fruits (especially citrus fruits) and vegetables. It helps you keep your immune system up and can also help you keep your skin, bones, cartilage, and blood vessels healthy. 

As you can see on the table, most of the vitamins Sneak Energy has come in small amounts. So there’s no need to worry about what the presence of vitamins in Sneak means under normal circumstances. 

Sneak Ingredients List

Here’s what you can find in a single tub of Sneak Energy: 

  • L-Tyrosine
  • L-Taurine
  • Alpha GPC
  • Caffeine anhydrous
  • Carnitine
  • Maltodextrin
  • Malic acid
  • Natural Flavors
  • Sucralose
  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Spirulina Powder (food coloring)
  • Silicon Dioxide 

How Much Caffeine Is In Sneak?

Coffee beans
Coffee beans, on their way to becoming ground coffee

Sneak Energy has 200mg of caffeine per serving. 

Caffeine is a stimulant. That means it’s a kind of drug that promotes alertness and hastens the way your body works while you’re experiencing its effects. This property is what makes caffeine good for keeping you awake and focused for mental or athletic activities. 

However, the side effect of this is that drinking too much can really affect your sleep patterns. Depending on your tolerance, caffeine can need up to 3-6 hours to reach half-life in your bloodstream before slowly petering out. You can easily get around this just by avoiding it when you’re close to bedtime though. 

How much before it affects your sleep and overall health? Experts say a healthy adult can safely drink up to 400mg of caffeine a day. Any more than that, and you’ll risk having to deal with the side effects such as:

  • Insomnia (not being able to sleep properly)
  • Anxiety
  • Foul mood/Irritability
  • Constantly needing the toilet
  • Headaches
  • Palpitations/Fast heartbeat
  • Twitching/Muscle tremors 

Is Sneak Gluten-Free?

Sneak doesn’t have any gluten products in its ingredients from what I see. None of the ingredients in the list above have gluten under normal circumstances. 

However, this hasn’t been confirmed by their official FAQ. So like any other product that isn’t explicitly labeled as gluten-free, it’d be best to proceed with caution when drinking Sneak. More so if you have Celiac disease or another condition that makes a gluten-free diet a necessity. 

Besides the lack of confirmation, it’s also worth considering the risk of cross-contamination. Cross-contamination is when a product that doesn’t normally have gluten contracts trace amounts of it through sharing storage and handling spaces with gluten-based products. 

In this sense, Sneak is in the same situation as many other energy drinks. It doesn’t have gluten in its ingredients, but cross-contamination is always a possibility. 

Is Sneak Vegan?

Sneak Energy is vegan-friendly. It doesn’t contain any animal by-products in its ingredients. No animals were harmed in the making of Sneak, so you can rest easy if you were worried about this before. 

This has been confirmed by Sneak’s official FAQ as well. 

Can You Drink Sneak Everyday?

Just like any sugar-free product, Sneak Energy is safe to consume daily. For those who have sensitivity to caffeine, it’s advised to limit your intake to one serving a day. Any more than that will have you going past the recommended caffeine limit, which could jeopardize your health. 

Is Sneak Energy Better Than Rogue?

Sneak and Rogue Energy are among the most popular drinks you can find in the market. They’re undoubtedly flavorful and handy when you need that extra boost for gaming and even working out.

The incredible taste is perhaps Rogue Energy’s most impressive advantage. Every flavor is dynamic and nuanced, and it tastes exactly like the advertised flavor. It’s well balanced and there’s no aftertaste or vitamin-like taste, which can be difficult to achieve with powdered gaming drinks.

When compared to other brands, it’s clear that much more thought was put into perfecting each flavor.

Likewise, Sneak Energy offers a variety of flavors such as Blue Raspberry, Stealth, Cherry Bomb, and Tropikilla.

However, it can be quite “chalky” and difficult to dissolve even with an increased water amount. But despite this minor issue, they do a good job with their branding. They have a distinct bunny logo that can be recognized right away if put with other competitors.

Final Verdict

Sneak Energy isn’t entirely bad for your health. It has 200mg of caffeine and bits of vitamins that can give you energy. 

I have to admit, Sneak is one of the ‘tamer’ brands of energy drinks I’ve seen so far. It’s sugar-free, contributes few calories, and has an amount of caffeine that’s within the recommended limit. It’s not ‘special’ when it comes to its ingredients, but it gets the job done. That’s what matters, isn’t it?

That said, I’d still be careful with my consumption of this if I were you. 

200mg might not be much compared to the 300mg other energy drinks have, but it’s still more than your average cup of coffee (95mg). So if you aren’t careful, you might end up restless and missing sleep in the middle of the night. 

Here’s a video about all the flavors Sneak has (and some it doesn’t sell anymore) getting reviewed. The video also does a quick discussion on the ingredients and the brand if you’re curious about what else there is to say about those.

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About Adrian Carter

Adrian writes about energy drinks and their ingredients to shine a light on the facts behind the brand names.

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