“Not an Energy Drink” Energy Drinks

“Not an Energy Drink” Energy Drinks

September 13, 2019 12 By Ewald Bahringer


– Hi, I’m Parris, and
I’ve noticed recently the proliferation of energy drinks, especially at stores like
Whole Foods and Sprouts. More and more of the drink aisle is being taken up by energy drinks, and now we’re onto the next generation, which is drinks that
don’t wanna be considered an energy drink because
those have the reputation of being loaded with caffeine and sugar. These are your natural energy
drinks, or as I call them the, “We’re not energy
drinks” energy drinks. I picked up a few that looked
particularly interesting to me and all have one ingredient in common. I wanted to see if I
can find an energy drink that works for me because
energy drinks generally don’t. I can’t deal with the caffeine very much, so there might be a winner in this bag. Otherwise, it’s back
to tea, earl gray, hot, and if you don’t know where that’s from, I’ll put a link to it at
the end of this video. ♫ Epic Review Guys Each of the drinks I purchased
were from Whole Foods and they went for about two to
two and a half dollars each. I’ll link to all of them
down below this video. Increasingly when I go to Whole
Foods, I feel out of place. I don’t know if it’s an age thing. Does anyone else have
that same experience? I’m starting to think of Whole Foods as being by millennials for millennials. They have great stuff at the store, but I just feel a little odd there, like people are looking at me. Maybe it’s the shirts. So, here are the drinks I picked up. I got two of these ’cause
the name is so good. They’re Yerbucha. It sounds like a Norwegian
drink, doesn’t it? No, Yerbucha is yerba mate,
one of my favorite drinks now, combined with kombucha,
which I accidentally drank a bottle of, an entire
bottle that was meant to be diluted and to
last you several weeks. It was concentrated and I
drank it all in one sitting. We won’t discuss too much
what happened after that other than it wasn’t pleasant, so I’m willing to give it
a try in its diluted form. And I picked this one up, Focus Aid, from a series where
the name of the product suggests what you might use it for, even though they have the FDA disclaimer, “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, et cetera.” And a new variant of my
favorite, the yerba mate. This is a caffeinated version
of it in a little thin can when you need some but
not a full blast of it. First up is Yerbucha, pineapple
flavor and berry flavored. This is a combination of
yerba mate and kombucha. Now, kombucha is a tea,
but it’s fermented tea, and it’s fermented with
bacteria and yeast, so you tend to have a probiotic mixture, at least that’s what
they advertise with it, then it’s how many bacteria are in it at the time the batch is made. The first ingredient is kombucha. The second is smoke-free yerba mate. You know, I hate it when I open my yerba mate and smoke comes out. And then with the yellow
bottle, some pineapple juice, with the pink bottle, some berry juice. The kombucha is made with sugar, so there’s 15 calories
in this 10 ounce bottle, and as you can see on the nutrition label, not a lot of other quantifiable
items except for caffeine, which is listed a little
further down below. 51 milligrams of caffeine in this bottle. Now about the caffeine mateine debate, mateine being supposedly
the caffeine version found in yerba mate, and if you haven’t seen my
previous videos about this, it’s tea that’s very
popular in South America, also consumed in some
other places in the world, but largely grown in South America. It’s prepared in a
unique way traditionally, and I’ll link to a video where I show how to do that at the end of this video, but it also comes now in
canned and bottled forms that are much easier to consume and don’t require much preparation, but people for years now have been saying when they drink the yerba mate,
it does have caffeine in it. The molecular structure is the same, but people have reported
when they drink yerba mate, which has a caffeine, they
don’t have the same effects, the same jitteriness and
sometimes heart palpitation type issues as they do
when drinking coffee that has the same amount of caffeine, so it turns out from my research on this, this is not conclusive,
that it’s same caffeine, but yerba mate has these other xanthines, which are related to
caffeine and can also affect cardiac and other aspects
of your metabolism and it’s possible that having
those other things in there with the caffeine is somehow
counteracting for some people the effects, the negative
effects that caffeine has. In my experience, I can’t
have more than a cup of regular caffeinated tea
or my heart lets me know it is not happy, so I was
worried with the yerba mate ’cause it seemed so
strong and concentrated when I made my first
batch the traditional way, but I had no ill effects from it, and because I was doing the video and I had to keep drinking
more and redoing some scenes, I ended up drinking a lot of it, and I thought, “Oh, I’m
gonna pay for this later. My heart is not gonna like it,” but no, I did not have negative effects. Now, this is just
anecdotal and it’s just me, but turns out there may
actually be a reason for that. Now, kombucha is tea, fermented tea, so I’m sure it contributes to
the caffeine content of this, so I’m gonna go easy on this. The other issue, though. I didn’t consider the bottles may overflow ’cause there’s only one of
these I think that’s carbonated. What else could that mean? Is it still fermenting? Okay, lots of stuff rising to the top. There’s a foam on it. And it smells like alcohol and it’s still going here. All right. Let’s see if this behaves the same way. Did I over shake it? Whoa, yep. This has got a head on it, too. Not nearly as much as that one. That worries me. Let’s see if this has the alcohol smell. Very faint. Very strong. I think I won’t drink that one. I will take a taste of this one. Let’s have a little alcohol. Other smells in it. Maybe it’s berry, maybe it’s
something from the kombucha. I’m just worried about my
previous experience with it. It’s a strong taste. I don’t taste the yerba
mate in it right off. Leaves a flavor on my tongue like I just drank a carbonated drink. It’s tangy and zazzy on my tongue too. It’s not carbonated. However, in very small
print at the very bottom, it says here, “Naturals strands may appear in a live raw beverage. Natural fermentation may
produce a trace amount of alcohol of less than .5%,” and your average beer’s about 5%, so it’s one 10th the alcohol of beer, but that’s the alcohol I’m smelling. Now, either this one might
have a little more alcohol or else that yerba mate
really wasn’t smoke free. Five minutes after opening the bottle, I’ve still got non-stop
bubbles coming up to the top. This is really mysterious. I think it’s time to move
on to a different drink. This is Focus Aid. It does not have kombucha in it. It’s to help you focus, but
they don’t clearly say that. They suggest that. The list of things they put in it, there’s a lot of stuff
in this particular drink, a lot of things that they add, as well as few things like stevia that are basically just to sweeten it but not to add many calories. If you can see on the top, they say, “Refreshing taste, 45 calories,
clean, lightly carbonated,” and my favorite, “Not an energy drink.” And there’s quite a lot of
vitamins and other things in here based on the numerous
things that they add. The yerba mate, though, is listed as yerba mate extract from leaves. Now, does that mean it
wasn’t brewed as a tea? In that case, am I going
to get those same things in addition to the caffeine
that help for me at least to seemingly counteract the
bad effects of the caffeine? Let’s see what focus tastes like. This is lightly carbonated, but I don’t have stuff
coming out the top of it. No alcohol smell, but a weird smell. Mm, it’s like a soda they couldn’t decide what flavor to give it. I don’t think they know what
focus tastes like, either. It’s a bunch of different flavors together and it’s not very harmonious. And finally, new carbonated yerba mate. This comes in a variety of flavors just like the regular canned yerba mate. It is a smaller can and
yet there’s 80 milligrams of naturally occurring
caffeine in this can. That’s a substantial amount for one drink. There’s also some sweetener. This can will have about
100 calories in total. In the list of ingredients,
almost halfway down, they list yerba mate extract, and then after that they
list brewed yerba mate, so that’s interesting that
they do it separately, and again I wonder about
the yerba mate extract if that includes all the same stuff. I’m gonna grab the cans of this, the regular non-carbonated
cans and see what they say. Much larger non-carbonated can. I’ve been drinking these
now for several weeks. Not more than one a day, though. It does have 150 milligrams
of naturally occurring caffeine per can, and
that’s more than a cup of coffee that you’re getting from this, but interesting in the ingredients, the very first ingredient
is purified water, then organic brewed yerba mate, then brewed hibiscus flowers, cane sugar, then yerba mate extract. So this also contains yerba mate extract, but since they’re supposed
to put the ingredients in the list of order of how much of that is in the container,
this is mostly or largely or at least more actually
brewed yerba mate, and this is more of the extract, which I assume is some kind of
a powder that they add to it. Read those labels. Now I’ve had a couple of these before and I haven’t had any bad
effect from them, so it’s okay, but I don’t know what I
think about that extract versus actual freshly brewed yerba mate, which is what I’m
expecting when I buy this. The flavor is cranberry pomegranate. It’s carbonated, it is
sweetened, and it’s pretty good. I like these drinks enough to drink them because they taste good
as well as the yerba mate that’s in them. I’m not sure what the
takeaway from all of this. I still like this brand the
yerba mate in this form, which is mostly yerba mate. When you’re combining
it with other things, I think you can’t really predict
the effects you might have after drinking a can or a bottle of it. Even though it does contain an ingredient that you know works fine with you, you might be affected by something else that’s in these combination drinks, so for me for now, I’m
stickin’ with what I know, but you can find out
more about all of these at the link down below this video. I may try a little bit
more of the Focus Aid or the Yerbucha, this
one at least, later on to see what effect they
have on me and how I react. If I discover something
wonderful or worrisome, I’ll make another video and let you know. You can keep checking
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