Diet Cran-Energy: Healthy Drink or Another Disappointment?

Energy drinks are no bastion of health.  Sugar, artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and tons of caffeine make them a bad choice!  But when we saw Ocean Spray’s Cran-Energy Sparkling drinks, we thought it could be different.

Alas, yet another energy drink fails the label checking test.

If you’re on a diet, stay away from diet energy drinks!  Go old school and grab a cup of coffee or tea.

Why choose coffee & tea for energy?

  • Both coffee & tea have ZERO calories – can’t beat that for dieters!
  • Sweeten with what you like – adding your own sugar will result in using less sweetener than the manufacturer might add.
  • Both coffee & tea (when brewed fresh) have antioxidants.
  • Save money – both coffee & tea cost less per cup than an energy drink.
  • Save the environment – less packaging = less waste.

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  • The Candid RD

    Do you have any posts about why the acesulfame e potassium is bad? I mean, I know I don’t like it, but any research to support it’s really not good for us? I do get these questions at work OFTEN.

    • Fooducate

      We have info in several places discussing artificial sweeteners, but will prepare a special post on ACE K in the coming weeks.

  • Scott

    Is there such a thing as a well balanced energy that wont give you a crash? I’ve tried the one called Spark that I found at and seems to work but what would be the downside?

  • Kimberly Doster

    You forgot to mention the SUCRALOSE, which is actually worse than the acesulfame potassium.