• Wellness
  • March 30, 2021

The Naked Truth: The ingredients in your energy drinks

Frankly, if the contents of your energy drinks are leaving you scratching your head and thinking ‘can this really be good for me?’, the most likely answer is no.


Rule of thumb; don’t drink ingredients you can’t pronounce. When was the last time your mammy ever told you that you needed more Acesulfame K in your diet? Frankly, if the contents of your energy drinks are leaving you scratching your head and thinking ‘can this really be good for me?’, the most likely answer is no.

Our 2021 mantra is “I will eat and drink ingredients I CAN pronounce”, what about yours?

So, for those of you that are intrigued, we thought we would bring you the common mis-pronounced ingredients in some common energy drinks that don’t hold a place in our hearts, or our drinks for that matter.

1. Glycine max glucuronolactone

[GLAI-SINE] [MAX] [GLUE-CUR-ONO-LAC-TONE]

This ingredient can be made in the body, present in foods, or commonly made in a laboratory. It’s use in some energy drinks includes increasing attention and improve athletic performance, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.

In the Mude range, we use ingredients that you CAN pronounce to increase focus and re-energise your body. Our organic cold pressed botanicals – Green Tea and Ashwagandha Plant are sourced from Rutland’s Biodynamic Farm. Good for you, and the planet too.

2. Cyanocobalamin

[SIGN-AN-OH-KOE-BAL-UH-MIN]

Cyanocobalamin is a manufactured form of B12 that is not found in nature. Vitamin B12 is most known for boosting energy levels and healthy nervous system function. However, deficiencies are most common in those that follow a vegan lifestyle. Lucky for us, our Mude SuperLiquid is bursting full of naturally occurring b vitamins and minerals, highest in B2, B12, B9 and Selenium.

3. Acesulfame K

[AH-SI-SUL-FAME] [K]

Also known as Acesulfame potassium, this ingredient joins the rest as an artificial calorie-free sweetener that is up to 200 times sweeter than sugar. But guys, your sweet enough already?

Acesulfame K is not broken down or stored in the body, so after consumption it is quickly absorbed and rapidly excreted. Acesulfame K proposes some threats due to improper testing and lack of long-term studies. It contains carcinogen methylene chloride and with long-term exposure it can cause headaches, depression, liver effects, mental confusion and much more! I think we’ll pass. In comparison, Mude contains only 8g of naturally occurring sugar per can.

4. Sodium Citrate

[SO-DI-UM] [SY-TRATE]

Sodium Citrate (E331) is a sodium salt of citric acid. It is most commonly use in energy drinks as a preservative to give them a longer shelf life. But not ours, Mude contains no additives, no preservatives, and no nasty stuff. Just Plants. Vitamins. Water. That’s it!

Mude, although outrageously coloured in packaging offers consumers much more than a colourful can, it offers the solutions they are seeking. With no vanity inclusions or ingredients, you can’t pronounce. Mude contains natural clean ingredients inside because the naked people made them, and we have nothing to hide!