Avoid unhealthy ingredients.

Keep your energy drink as healthy as possible by avoiding beverages that contain the following ingredients: guarana, carnitine, ginseng, and ginko biloba. SFGate explains that guarana typically contains a combination of three stimulants (theophylline, theobromine and caffeine), while carnitine is an additive that sometimes isn’t even listed in the ingredients. Even though there usually isn’t too much carnitine found in energy drinks, it is something you should try to avoid entirely. Consuming more than 3 grams daily can lead to diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, SFGate notes.

While energy drinks often include ginseng, there’s no proof it does anything positive. In fact, EatingWell writes that not only is there zero proof that this herb boosts energy, but it’s been shown to decrease your exercise endurance and lower your blood sugar. Finally, a study done by the National Toxicology Program said that ginkgo extract was linked to thyroid and liver cancers in mice. While these ingredients are most likely fine in small doses, it’s best to just avoid them; they’re certainly not providing you with any noteworthy nutrients.

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