Reign is one of the many energy drinks offered by the Monster Beverage Corporation — the same company that gave us NOS and the Monster energy drink.
There’s no surprise that Reign has risen in popularirt ever since its launch; it’s said to be a no fat, no-calorie, and sugar-free energy drink. All the right things it needs to be to reassure customers that it’s, indeed, a healthy drink.
Is it though?
Let’s just say that it’s not the “healthiest” drink out there, and here’s why.
Reign has no calories, fat, or sugar. However, it does contain more caffeine than most of the energy drinks on the market. So although there are a lot of reasons to find this brand appealing, you ought to tread carefully when taking this one.
Disclaimer: This article will be discussing Reign’s nutritional label. Hopefully, this can give you the information that you need before considering Reign for your morning exercise or day’s work.
Reign Energy Drink Ingredients
A fairly quick look at all the ingredients that go into Reign Energy, although for a more detailed discussion, have a read on the article I’ve written specifically about Reign’s caffeine and ingredients.
- Carbonated Water
- Sodium Citrate
- Citric Acid
- Natural Flavors
- Sodium Benzoate
- Potassium Sorbate
- Potassium Citrate
- Acesulfame Potassium
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Magnesium Lactate
- Coenzyme Q10
- Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
- Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Reign Nutrition Facts
For a bit of context, we’ll need to know what’s on the label.
Here’s a table of nutritional facts for your consideration:
|Nutrient||Amount per can (16 fl.oz)|
|Niacin (Vitamin B3)||100%|
Looking at the nutritional label (normally found at the back of the can) is the easiest way to find out how your body will benefit from drinking Reign.
A nutrition label is a list that provides specific ingredients or facts you can find inside an energy drink. Similar to a list of ingredients, but it’s more specific and focuses more on the nutrients of drinking Reign.
That means looking at the nutrition label is the easiest way to find out how your body will benefit from drinking Reign.
You can see this displayed in two ways:
- The exact amount of the nutrient in grams
- The percent of daily value (%DV)
%DV represents how many nutrients you get per serving. Usually, this is calculated on the assumption that most consumers are on a 2000 calorie per day diet.
The last thing is that although the label says it’s good for 2 servings (8 fl. oz each), I’ll be discussing the nutritional content in Reign on a per can basis.
Calorie Content in Reign
Each can of Reign contains 10 calories, or .05% of your daily need for calories.
Calories energy is necessary for your daily activities. It represents the energy you get from consuming any kind of food or beverage. In fact, it’s the fuel that gets you throughout the day.
So even though most people are advised to follow a 2000 calorie diet, the actual amount you need to consume in a day varies depending on several factors such as:
All of these factors contribute to the amount of calories you need in a day.
Other than that, whatever you eat, how much your weight and your overall lifestyle affect your metabolism like the medications you take and how healthy you are in general.
Calories are one of the major things you should look out for every time you eat or drink.
Calories you don’t consume during the day get stored as fat. That way they can be used as a source of energy for your other activities, whether it’s working out, running errands and so on.
So when planning a diet, it’s important to monitor your calories especially when you’re keen to replace your daily coffee an energy drink.
Total Fat in Reign
Good thing about Reign it offers you zero fat.
Like calories, fat is a source of energy the body uses. Comparable to other nutrients that your body needs, fat is also important for building cell membranes, nerve tissue, and hormones.
Does this affect your body negatively?
When we say that a certain food or drink has zero fat, this just means that it has less calories in it, particularly Reign.
If you’re on a strict diet, monitoring your food and what your drink could make it easier for you to lose weight.
This also means that Reign is more likely to have large amounts of artificial sweeteners, thickeners, and salt.
Does flavor in energy drinks contribute to gaining weight?
Fat-free or low-fat products are less likely to be satisfying, we all know that. So consumers may end up eating more to satisfy their cravings.
If you’re health-conscious (which is the most important thing), you should be cautious more about the number of trans and saturated fats contained in what you eat, which are common in dairy and meat products.
A can of Reign has 220mg of sodium or 10% of your daily need.
Despite being associated with table salt, sodium is actually a different thing altogether.
In the body, sodium helps keep the cells hydrated and muscles running smoothly.
Outside of that, it’s used to flavor and preserve meat. Seasoning too.
The FDA recommends 3600mg of sodium a day.
Since Reign only has 220mg of sodium per serving with a 10% DV, there’s not much to worry about putting on weight. The extra 90%, on the other hand, can come from other energy sources, may it be from meat and other products.
The problem arises in the fact that sodium is so common in common food items that most people consume more than 3600mg daily.
In addition, having a high amount of sodium in your diet can lead to hypertension, in most cases. If this goes undiagnosed and untreated, it’ll make you more vulnerable to acquiring heart disease in the long run.
Potassium in Reign
Reign has 80mg of Potassium, which covers 2% of your daily requirement.
Potassium is a kind of electrolyte that your body needs to contract muscles and maintain nerves. It also helps the cell filter out waste and transport nutrients into the cell.
Potassium can also be found in the following:
- Leafy green vegetables
- Fruit from vines
- Root vegetables
- Citrus fruits
It’s also worth noting that potassium is not naturally produced by the body. To compensate for this lack of nutrient, you can eat bananas, cantaloupe, cooked spinach, broccoli and green vegetables in your diet.
So in a way, it’s a good thing that Reign has potassium! Potassium deficiency and related conditions are dangerous too.
Potassium deficiency can be caused by:
- Kidney disease
- Excessive sweating
- Magnesium deficiency
- Excessive vomiting
- Overuse of diuretics
Diuretics like coffee, tea and energy drinks can produce more urine than normal. It’s not always a bad thing but for those working from home, it can be more of a hassle than a relief.
Total Carbohydrates in Reign
A can of Reign contains 2g of carbohydrates.
Mayoclinic recommends taking 225 to 325g of carbohydrates a day or 45 to 65 per cent of what you eat every day. Compared to that, 2g is barely anything.
And even if there were more, I doubt that you’d have much to worry about. The presence of carbohydrates is as important as drinking water after all.
Even large amounts can be alright as long as you can burn enough carbohydrates by the end of the day.
Sugar Content in Reign
Reign gets its flavors from artificial sweeteners like Splenda (sucralose). Unlike regular sugar, sucralose adds flavor without adding to caloric content. Because of this, it’s touted as being good for diabetics and people who diet.
It’s not without consequence though. Although there’s not enough research on it today, sucralose has been linked to health problems concerning gut bacteria.
It’s also been suspected of making people more hungry given that it’s 400 to 600 times sweeter than regular sugar, but that’s also debatable.
Vitamin B3 in Reign
A can of Reign has 100% of your daily vitamin B3 value.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) is a nutrient that lowers your cholesterol, boosts brain function, and eases arthritis.
It’s commonly found in sources such as:
- Green vegetables
Niacin is also naturally made in the body using tryptophan, an amino acid you can get from protein-rich foods.
Though Niacin is generally safe, you may experience side effects like flushing, headaches, tingling, burning, and itchy skin, among others. But the good news is, it all goes away as the body gets more accustomed to it.
Vitamin B6 in Reign
A can of Reign can fill 100% of your daily vitamin B6 requirement.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is a nutrient important for digestion. It helps the body store the energy it derives from protein and carbohydrates.
Besides that, it also helps you synthesize red blood cells.
In food, you can find it in sources such as:
- Organ meats (i.e chicken liver)
- Starchy vegetables
You are less likely to overdose on vitamin B6 but taking 200mg in a single day could be bad news. You can experience what they call peripheral neuropathy, a symptom wherein you lose feeling in your arms and legs. It typically improves once you stop taking the supplement.
Vitamin B12 in Reign
One can of Reign covers 100% of your daily vitamin B12 needs.
Vitamin B12 is fairly important in metabolism. Besides that, it maintains nerve and blood cells. It also helps synthesize DNA and genetic materials in the cells.
Outside of Reign, it can be found as a supplement and through shots.
It’s also available in food sources like:
- Beef liver
B12 also offers a wide array of potential health benefits other than improving your metabolism.
These health benefits include:
- Anemia prevention
- Improved bone health
- Lowered risk of muscular degeneration
- Improved mood
- Better brain health
- Improved heart health
- Better skin, hair, and nails
Definitely a great thing to have in your drink!
To sum it up, a single can of Reign has 10 calories, 200mg of sodium, 70mg of potassium, 2g of carbohydrates, no sugar, and no fat. It also covers 100% of your daily need for vitamin B3, B6, and B12.
All in all, I think Reign is one of the healthier drinks you could come across. It’s not overloaded with sugar, unlike other brands.
Reign even has lower calories than most energy drinks you find in the market, so there’s little need to worry about unwanted weight gain.
However, I do advise that you be careful about the amount of B-vitamins from Reign.
100% might not be above the limit, but Vitamin B3, B6, and B12 can still be found in a lot of foods that are likewise considered healthy such as vegetables and organic products.
Comparable to other sources of energy like coffee, green juice, and other supplements, you should always read the label before anything else. Knowing what’s in your food or beverage can save you from health issues and other diseases in the future.