Which of The 3 Energy Drinks is Better

The last few weeks, I’ve been drinking the 3 energy drinks you see below.

Redbull Sugar Free, FRS Energy and Monster Lo-Carb
energy drinks

I prefer low-carb drinks just because their sugared counter parts do nothing but make me drowsy. One thing great about each of these drinks, they cost right around $2.00 a piece. I’m going to break down each beverage into 3 categories: Taste, Effect and Price.

Let’s start off with the Redbull Sugar Free: I like that I don’t need a large amount of the product to feel the effects. I usually pick up the small 8.4oz can and within minutes I feel it working.
Taste: I like the taste of the Sugar Free Redbull. But out of the 3 drinks, Redbull has the most amount of mediciney flavor.
Effect: The energy feel will last generally 2.5 hours for me. On the trail, it usually burns off within an hour. So if I bring a Redbull, I’ll only drink it if I need that extra push to get back to the car. A bit of a jittery, excited feeling about 30 minutes after consuming it.
Price: It hovers around $2.00

FRS Energy
-This has to be my favorite out of the 3 drinks. I like that its not carbonated because its easier to drink and its easier on the stomach. The portion of it is just right, 11.5oz is just enough to not feel it sloshing around in your stomach.
Taste:Taste kinda like Tang, pretty mellow if you ask me. Very smooth as it goes down.
Effect: This one will last up to 3.5 hours for me. On the trail, about 2 hours. But here’s the great part, NO JITTERY Feeling.
Price: I started seeing FRS in my local grocery store for about $1.99, but recently it was on sale for $.99!

Monster Lo-Carb
-At 16oz, this drink works because you’re downing a large amount of it. It smells like a soap, but it does work…for a bit….
Taste: It’s nice and fruity. Not too mediciney like Redbull.
Effect: WOW! I’m wired after drinking Monster, but only for about 1.5 hours. I’m also jittery and the crash is pretty brutal. I ended up being so tired that I bought another one just to wake me up from the crash. It’s like liquid crack, once you’re down from the high, you need more to keep you up there.
Price: Monster always runs promotions for their drinks that range from 2/$4.00. But individually, the run about $2.50.

With all that being said, which is better? I’ll list them for you in the order that I see fit. 1, being the best.

1. FRS-smooth, lasting effects, cost is low and it tastes like juice!
2. Redbull Sugar Free-small portions are great. Besides you can mix it with some Vodka and it makes a great cocktail!
3. Monster-If you need energy for a long drive or for studying and even to party, this is your drink. But for athletic purposes, all that fluid may be too much in your stomach. Be prepared to buy 2 of these cans at a time. The crash will require another drink to keep you awake.

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