Category Archives: Ingredients

Japan-Tokyo Energy

JAPAN ENERGYToday we have a no name drink that we will call “Japan energy”! This was purchased at an Asian market in Seattle for $1.50 This drink comes in a 100 mL brown glass bottle with a screw top cap and lots of Japanese writing on it. I went to the website listed but they did not have an English translation.

Japan energy has a vitamin smell to it once you crack the cap, maybe like those liquid filled vitamin E capsules or a Centrum. It’s a strong smell that will grab your nose right away! JE is a non carbonated, has a deep gold color and seems to be a thicker consistency than your normal energy drink. It’s not cough syrup thick but just in between them.

This may not have the consistency of cough syrup….but it sure does have a medicine taste that is pretty strong and lays on your tongue heavy!

To be honest, I am not even sure if this is an energy drink 🙂 This may be some Japanese cough syrup for all I know?

I think you will be fine if you pass on this drink, I really don’t even know what this stuff was and I am not drinking it again!

High fructose corn syrup (what is it)

cornWhat is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? HFCS is found in many soft drinks, energy drinks and even sports drinks…. but what exactly is this stuff?

HFCS is a type of sweetener that is made from corn grown here in the US. Regular table sugar is composed of 50 % fructose and 50 % glucose. HFCS 55 (which is normally used in soft drinks) contains 55 % fructose and 45 % glucose. Corn.org will give you the lowdown on how corn is processed if you are bored and nothing else to search for!

*HFCS is cheaper that sugar since the US is loaded with corn.

*HFCS allows products to maintain a longer shelf life and protects freshness.

*HFCS is easier to mix into beverages since its a liquid.

*HFCS does not contain any artificial substances.

There is still some controversy about if HFCS is natural or is it safe… I’ll leave that up to you to decide! Go to the fridge and grab yourself a drink and take a look on that label for HFCS! 😉

Inositol (What is it?)

innositol

Inositol is an organic component of every cell membrane. Hence, all animals, plants, including people, are good sources of inositol. Some energy drinks may list inositol and some drinks will just list a B-energy blend. Inositol is a water soluble nutrient that is often associated with B vitamins and is used to regulate the central nervous system.

Guarana (what it is)

What is guarana?

When looking at energy drinks you usually see this ingredient, do you really know what it is?

Guarana is a climbing plant that is native to South America in the Amazon basin and usually associated with Brazil. Even though guarana has flowers and large leaves, it is known most for the fruit it produces that is about the size of a coffee bean. The fruit are small, bright-red, and contains black seeds. Each piece of fruit usually contains a guarana seed that has approximately 3x the caffeine of a coffee bean.

Guarana = concentrated caffeine!