All the artificial sweeteners are too cloying for my palate. I’d rather have actual sugar. It tastes better, and if I’m already making the stupid choice to dump this much caffiene into my system, I might as well get to enjoy a sugar high along with it!
@cpietra@melliott@troy how much is big sugar paying you? Kidding, haven’t read the study yet. Most of these trendy headliners I tend to find yawn worthy when studied but that’s my obvious bias and ignorance showing. Carry on…
@ircon96@pmarin@tweezak I could have sworn I saw a sarcastic comment about efforts to ban porn here earlier - maybe deleted? Anyhow this was in today’s A.Word.A.Day:
“Senator Smoot (Republican, Ut.)
Is planning a ban on smut.
Oh rooti-ti-toot for Smoot of Ut.
And his reverend occiput.
Smite, Smoot, smite for Ut.,
Grit your molars and do your dut.,
Gird up your l–ns,
Smite h-p and th-gh,
We’ll all be Kansas
By and by.
Ogden Nash; Invocation; 1931.
Note: This is the opening stanza of Ogden Nash’s poem on Senator Reed Smoot of Utah whose anti-porn stance led to a newspaper headline “Smoot Smites Smut”.
@blaineg@Kyeh when I was in Japan for work I would buy Pocari Sweat at the 7-11 (yes they have those though I think the store name was purchased and not related to the US version). Pocari
Sweat was a good electrolyte drink not overloaded with sugars or sweeteners. Once they had a promo and I got a free Pocari Sweat reusable water/drink bottle which I still have today 30 year so later.
@blaineg@Kyeh@pmarin It is my understanding that a large Japanese investor now owns the entire 7-11 empire, but yes, the US and Japanese instantiations are entirely different. Something similar has taken place with Circle K and Valero, but the details on that one fog my brain. What I know for sure is the we once again have some 7-11 stores cropping up in Houston after an absence of nearly 40 years. (Southland Corp. the prior parent, pulled out of Houston when they got pissed off at the Baptist preacher who had his flock picketing the 7-11 stores because Those Heathens Are Selling porNOGriffy Right Here In AR NEBBERHOODS! (I wish I was kidding about that, but it really happened.)
Wasn’t there a recent report about sugar substitutes (like Stevia) that showed they caused strokes and other negative medical conditions? And there are countries that are banning these ingredients, but FDA won’t get on board in USA?
@Mandamm Erythritol, not stevia. It’s unfortunately the case that a lot of stevia products have erythritol cut into it. Some of the powdered ones have maltitol instead, some of the liquid ones are just stevia (and water and alcohol to keep it dissolved).
@Mandamm The causation direction is not actually known. Unlike earlier problematic sweeteners, erythritol is something the body can produce, during metabolism of glucose. But it’s not the usual way it metabolizes that. So the study could be a sign that unhealthy people produce more erythritol, rather than erythritol itself causing issues.
@AySz88@Mandamm Even sillier, the study as I saw it was just observational, which means it might not even be that unhealthy people produce more erythritol, it might be that unhealthy people are more likely to consume artificial sweetener products, which would absolutely make sense!
The regular Celsius (cucumber lime in this offer) are my wife’s favorite. She finally quit drinking those nasty Diet Red Bulls! This is definitely a good deal BTW. As for the Heat (mango tango) one - I don’t know anything about that model of Celsius.
At a buck a piece this is a great price for an energy drink. I got the Mango Tango last time & all I can say is they are ehem… not good. But it’s not like I drink these things for the taste anyhow. There is not one energy drink out there that I would say tastes good. The best they get is when they don’t make me gag.
At 300mg caffeine, I make sure I only consume them earlier in the day. It seems like a lot but tolerance for caffeine is quite high.
It is a good thing that I passed on getting these yesterday on sidedeal because fuku you, meh, and your $50 irks. Now I can buy them today without that money going towards an irk. Genius! You guys are really on to something.
performance-enhancing drug of choice for America’s long-haul truckers
Years ago I remember stopping at truck stops for diesel for my camper, and there would be vials of “diet pills” for sale up on the counter where you paid. Some sort of legal amphetamines, or at least was legal at the time. So, no, I don’t think it was just caffeine that was the trucker’s drug of choice.
@pmarin That was probably ephedrine, which the FDA banned for dietary-supplement (but not pharmaceutical) usage in 2004, and as of 2006 became further restricted, along with pseudoephedrine (aka the version of Sudafed that actually works worth a heck), as precursor ingredients useful for chemical conversion into methamphetamine.
@pmarin@SubGothius Actually, it was phenylpropanolamine, the same substance that was the active ingredient in the original formula of Contac. The problem was that it unpredictably caused disabling or fatal strokes in a small percentage of users, so the FDA eventually banned its sale for anything except veterinary use.
I’m sorry if this was already mentioned, but I don’t have time to read all of the posts right now.
The nutrition facts label for the Sparkling Essential Energy Cucumber Lime says it has 10 calories per serving. It also says it has 9 grams of carbohydrates. That math doesn’t work. it either has at least 36 calories or less than 3 grams of carbs.
@Trinityscrew Sugar-alcohols like erythritol technically count as carbs even tho’ they’re not metabolizable and thus don’t count towards net calories. To determine net carbs (e.g. for a low-carb diet), subtract any fiber and sugar-alcohol grams from the total carbs.
I got a different flavor from a coworker which wasn’t bad, so I’m going to try the cucumber lime. That flavor Gatorade is the best. But leery from comments on the mango, I’d rather try one before buying in quantity.
I tried to track down a mango tango to try before ordering this since the octopus breakfast site decided to stop shipping my Orange Mountain Dew Kickstart subscription orders. Couldn’t find a single store with it so I’m just going in blind and hoping it’s good.
At HEB today, I noticed that packets of Celcius drink mix are going for about the same per-serving price as these cans. They were in a weird spot in the store, over in Health & Beauty instead being with similar merch. Still way overpriced.