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Do those energy drinks really work (Boost)?

Asked by Jude (32112points) January 30th, 2012

I’m chugging some vanilla flavored Boost.

Just wondering if they truly work.

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auhsojsa's avatar

If it’s loaded with like 4 different B Vitamins and Guanine , yes you should feel the effects within 5 minutes. Other wise it’s just sustained energy just like getting energy from other foods minus the chewing and high fatty contents. I originally thought you meant energy drinks like Red Bull and stuff so I edited the answer.

marinelife's avatar

“As it turns out, most of that “energy” comes from two main ingredients: sugar and caffeine. A typical energy drink can contain up to 80 milligrams of caffeine (about the same amount as a cup of coffee). By comparison, a 2006 study found that the average 12-ounce soda contains 18 to 48 mg of caffeine.”

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gailcalled's avatar

Boost is really designed for people who cannot eat properly and yet need nutrients and calories.

Best to let your body fight the flu without the sugar and caffeine and then go back to real foods, not too much and mostly plants.

Mariah's avatar

I don’t think of Boost as an energy drink, more of a way to get nutrients and gain weight.

Male's avatar

I’ve never tried Boost, but I’ve tried a majority of the major brands and a few lesser known ones. When I drink a whole 16oz can, I feel nothing. Literally. The only way I even feel the slightest bit of “boost” is when I chug down a can on an empty stomach.

I think this is because I’m desensitized to them. When I first started drinking them, they were awesome. I remember one time I drank one before I took a final exam on an empty stomach, and after the exam I was walking back to my car. I could barely squeeze in my steps. I was so exhausted. I felt like I ran 10 miles. I was out of breath from walking and I felt like fainting. I had to sit down to recover, and I was also starving. I think it’s a terrible mix of the sugar crash, hunger, mental exhaustion, and lack of sleep from the night before. However, I didn’t feel any actual boost during the test (except maybe for some twitching)...but the aftereffects, I felt them like crazy.

Now when I drink them…I just think of them as vitamin B supplements…

whitenoise's avatar

@Male After what you describe, I wouldn’t drink them at all, anymore.

Paradox25's avatar

I’ve never tried Boost but I’ve tried plenty of energy drinks but all of them make me nervous and give me a headache, not energy. If you really want a healthy burst of energy try juicing (if you have a juicer) various types of fruits such as grapes, watermellons, strawberries, kiwis, apricots, peaches, apples, blackberries, blueberries, etc together and drink the juice within a few hours. This will give you a massive energy boost that lasts several hours and elevates your mood. The juiced fruit at least affects me this way when I drink them.

The only down side is the sugar, which is present in higher amounts in the juice than in the individual fruits themselves. Nevertheless, it is still a healthier drink than most sodas, teas and energy drinks.

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