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Golazo Energy Drink Review

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Golazo Energy Drink Review – take care of business on the field! And take care of your health at the same time.

Golazo is an All Natural option for a nice boost that certainly fits an athlete’s needs, as it’s designed to. It’s not a stay-up-all-night-and-party-hard drink. Golazo has 100mg of natural caffeine, as well as Yerba Mate leaf extract, and guarana.

When you create a drink with 21g of sugar, you’re taking a chance. You haven’t caught the eye of the dieters, because you can’t claim “10 Calories” or “Sugar Free.” On the other hand, if you sell to an energy drink fan with a sweet tooth, it’s not going to be enjoyed like a Pit Bull or a DareDevil. It tastes almost watered down compared to it’s more sugar-loaded counterparts.

There are three flavors and each taste like a dilluted version of what’s described on the can. However, we have to look at this in the context of what’s promised by the brand – this is a drink for the game of soccer. To put it more broadly, this is a drink for people who play hard.

I can attest to this: the flavor works when you’re really thirsty. And when you’re pushing your body to the limit on the field, you’re going to need the electrolytes, the B vitamins, and the caffeine boost – which is substantial but not ridiculous.

Golazo scores high points as healthy drink. We like to see cane sugar and Stevia instead of HFCS. It’s a smaller can than Monster or Rock Star, but still has less sugar per fluid OZ. It’s all natural and as noted above, tastes fine.

We wish the taste could be improved a little, but we appreciate that the drink is healthy, hydrating, and energizing. Also, it sounds like this drink was conceptualized in Seattle and is bottled in Portland – which also scores big points in our book.

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Website: http://vivagolazo.com/
Golazo Mango-Limon
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 12 fl. oz (355ml)
Servings Per Container: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 90
Total Carbs: 23g
Sugars: 21g
Sodium: 65mg
Potassium: 60mg
Proprietary Energy Blend: 4.1g
Glucose, D-Ribose, Yerba Mate (llex paraguariensis) Leaf Extract, Natural Caffeine, Guarana (Paullinia cupana) Seed Extract
CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVOR, SODIUM CITRATE (ELECTROLYTE), POTASSIUM CITRATE (ELECTROLYTE), STEVIA REBAUDIANA LEAF EXTRACT, NATURAL MANGO FLAVOR.

Golazo Mandarina
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 12 fl. oz (355ml)
Servings Per Container: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 90
Total Carbs: 22g
Sugars: 21g
Sodium: 65mg
Potassium: 60mg
Proprietary Energy Blend: 4.15g
Glucose, D-Ribose, Yerba Mate (llex paraguariensis) Leaf Extract, Natural Caffeine, Guarana (Paullinia cupana) Seed Extract
CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVOR, SODIUM CITRATE (ELECTROLYTE), POTASSIUM CITRATE (ELECTROLYTE), STEVIA REBAUDIANA LEAF EXTRACT.

Golazo Jamaica
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 12 fl. oz (355ml)
Servings Per Container: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 90
Total Carbs: 22g
Sugars: 21g
Sodium: 65mg
Potassium: 60mg
Proprietary Energy Blend: 4.15g
Glucose, D-Ribose, Yerba Mate (llex paraguariensis) Leaf Extract, Natural Caffeine, Guarana (Paullinia cupana) Seed Extract
CARBONATED WATER, CANE SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE (ELECTROLYTE), POTASSIUM CITRATE (ELECTROLYTE), STEVIA REBAUDIANA LEAF EXTRACT, VEGETABLE JUICE (COLOR), FRUIT JUICE (COLOR), HIBISCUS FLOWER EXTRACTIVE.

We received this drink from the vendor as a sample to review.

BAZI Energy Drink Review

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

BAZI Energy Drink Review – Stay awake and stay healthy!

Bazi offers a fresh approach to the energy shot. Instead of loading the drink with caffeine, they’ve loaded this drink with “superfruits” – jujube, blueberry, goji, mangosteen, raspberry, pomegranate, açai, and seabuckthorn. So, does it work as well as, say, a 5-hour Enery Shot? It definitely provides a boost, a smooth but light increase in physical energy and mental clarity. It’s not going to help you kick your day in high gear after getting fours of sleep at night. But if you’re not a caffeine addict – or you’re trying to kick the habit – this a great choice for quick pick-me-up during the day.

It’s not delicious, but then again, we’ve tried much worse. Ever had a Flintstone’s Kids chewable vitamin? This is similar combination of sweet berry and a slight sour, perhaps citrus, bite at the end, but it doesn’t gag you, and we’ve prefer the taste to the standard 5-hour energy shot. It’s not carbonated, and it’s easy to chug it down.

You shouldn’t be sleeping four hours a night anyway. Also, getting your energy drink high fructose corn syrup isn’t so great either. OK, enough from your mother. These fruits offer additional health benefits as well, so check out their website if you’re looking for a well-rounded energy & vitamin option.

If you’re working on a health-conscious diet, Bazi is a great choice for a daily boost. I see it as an energy drink for the 30+ age group, when you start to care about getting less sugar and more antioxidants and nutrients.

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Website: http://www.drinkbazi.com/
BAZI Energy Shot
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 2 fl. oz
Servings Per Container: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 64
Total Carbohydrate: 16g
Sugars: 16g
Vitamin A (as Beta Carotene): 10000 IU
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid): 270mg
Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferal): 800 IU
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate): 120 IU
Thiamine (Vitamin B1): 1mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 1mg
Niacin (Vitamin B3): 12.5mg
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCL): 1.5mg
Folate (as folic acid): 800mcg
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin): 3mcg
Biotin (as d-Biotin): 600mcg
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 5mg
PROPRIETARY BAZI PHYTO8 BLEND: 25,500mg
(Jujube Fruit Extract, Blueberry Fruit Concentrate, Pomegranate Fruit Concentrate, Goji Berry Extract, Mangosteen Fruit Extract, Raspberry Fruit Extract, Acai Juice Concentrate, Seabuckthorn Fruit Extract.)
PROPRIETARY BAZI TRACE MINERAL BLEND: 1000mg
(Water, Fulvic Mineral Solution)
Caffeine: 80mg
Inositol: 50mg
Para Aminobenzoic Acid: 50mg
Rutin: 20mg
PURIFIED WATER, FRUCTOSE, PEAR JUICE CONCENTRATE, NATURAL FLAVORS, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE.

We received this drink from the vendor as a sample to review.

Krank’d Body Fuel Peach Tea Review

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Krank’d Body Fuel Energy Drink Review – Excellent hybrid sports drink, and Peach Tea was the most surprising flavor of the four we tried.

In its marketing materials, Krank’d claims to have “created its own category.” In the flooded energy drink market, that’s a big claim to make. I think they have a right to say this, more so than any other drink I’ve tried in recent future. This isn’t the straight caffeine / taurine blast of a NOS, and it isn’t a water / high fructose corn syrup hybrid in a sports bottle. It’s Gatorade’s smarter, healthier cousin. The 7-in-1 on the label refers to B-vitamins, essential minerals, electrolytes, antioxidants, l-glutamine for muscle repair / recovery, reverse osmosis water, and a “tri-carb blend” for “time-released energy.” Bottom line, this was a nice addition to my day, resulting in a smooth energy with no high or low. Don’t expect to feel a big power boost though. If you are hitting the weights today, this would be the perfect drink to bring along.

Be sure to drink this one cold. That said, we didn’t know what to expect from an energy drink / sports drink – in a peach tea flavor.  It’s really good. It’s a little like those gummy peach ring candies, and it has a heavy, full taste. You can tell it’s flavored with sucralose, there’s no bitterness. It’s impressive to note all that’s included in this drink while enjoying the sweet tea flavor.

A standout. Krank’d Body Fuel is sweetened with sucralose (ie Splenda) instead of high fructose corn syrup or aspartame. There are 6g of sugar and 37 calories per bottle. There’s niacin and caffeine included, but not more than you’d want. I can drink this one guilt-free any time.

Krank’d Body Fuel is highly recommended for the highly athletic, as a regular addition to your diet. The Peach Tea flavor was the EDB team’s favorite. If you’re more interested in occasional power in a can, look elsewhere for a bigger boost or better taste.

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KRANK’D PEACH TEA
Nutrition Facts:
Serving size: 16.9 fl oz
Servings per Container: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 37
Total Fat: 0g
Sodium: 25mg
Total Carbohydrate: 9g
Sugars: 6g
Cholesterol: 0g
Potassium: 49mg
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Protein: 0g
Blend of Dextrose, Maltodextrin, and Dextro-pentose: 9g
Blend of Pyridoxine HCL, Niacin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Cyanocobalamin, and D-Calcium Pantothenate: 77mg
Blend of L-Glutamine, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Chromium Picolinate, Vitamin E Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Beta Carotene, Grape Seed Extract, Tyrosine, Glycine: 2.5g
RO (REVERSE OSMOSIS) WATER, WHITE TEA PRE-MIX, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CAFFEINE, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, SUCRALOSE.

We received this drink from the vendor as a sample to review.




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