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I will admit that I do have a slight addiction to energy drinks and will have one most days. This is mainly due to the fact that I do not drink tea and coffee so find it hard to get through a day without a little help from some caffeine. Over time I have tried various different brands of energy drinks and have found some of the cheaper ones to be just as nice and effect as the more expensive branded ones. One that I have tried recently is the Boost energy drink.
The Boost energy drinks can be purchased from most convenient stores and are available to buy in cans or larger sharing bottles. I purchased a 250ml can from my local booze buster store for 55p which I thought was very good value at less than half the price of some brands.
This drink is described as a mixed fruit flavoured drink with taurine, caffeine and B vitamins. As stated I purchased this drink in a can which is Blue and Black in colour and has a ring pull opening. You can find all the product information that you need on the back of the can including nutritional information, ingredients listings, storage instructions and things to be aware of before drinking. It also states that the can is made from aluminium and is suitable for recycling.
These types of energy drinks are very high in caffeine with this one containing 30mg per 100ml, therefore they are not recommended for children, pregnant women or anyone who is sensitive to caffeine. These drinks also contain a high amount of sugar with there being 26.5g in a single 250ml can so not very good for the waistline or the oral health.
Energy drinks like Boost claim to reduce tiredness and fatigue. I always tend to drink one of these in the afternoon at work when I reach the mid afternoon slump. This drink is carbonated and a pale yellow colour, I find that although it claims to be a mixed fruit drink it like other energy drinks have quite a unique taste and are slightly fruity but it is more of an artificial taste and slightly tangy but strangely pleasant. In fact I quite enjoy the taste of these energy drinks although I know that they are not as appealing to some people who really do not like the taste especially as they are quite sweet and I will personally try and purchase these types of drinks in the sugar free form if possible due to this. But the main reason I choose to purchase this drink is to help me feel more awake and alert and I did find that it really helps. Within around 30 minutes of drinking I did feel much more awake and able to concentrate better rather than having sleepy eyes. I think the only issue is that the effect of the drink is a little short lived and the tiredness soon creeps back after around a couple of hours but it is effective in giving me a little boost when it is most needed.
Overall I know these type of drinks are a little controversial due to the high amount of caffeine contained in them but for me it is the only caffeine that I consume. I did find this Boost drink to be pleasant is taste although a little sweet but it did improve my energy levels and alertness for a while which was the effect I was hoping for. I would purchase this drink again as I think it is much better value than some other makes of energy drinks for what is effectively the same drink but I would look out for the sugar free version.
Recently I have been in need of an extra dose of energy, what with sitting at a desk for 7 hours a day, being very time consuming and then going home to a 3year old I like to take all the help I can get lol. In the corner shop near my workplace they had a can of this Boost energy drink for 55p - which for me is a bargain! So I purchased it and have been sipping it at my desk!
It comes in a black can (mine was 250ml) and has this logo and label across, which simply says Boost Energy with a plain and dark effect to it. It is not extremely colourful but I don't need frills and thrills just an energy drink that works!
Taste wise, it is similar to red bull and of course has a rather high content for taurine and caffeine as stimulants to help me concentrate. It is a fizzy, carbonated drink which tastes much nicer chilled and is still refreshing. One thing I did notice is that Boost is a lot more sugary and sweeter tasting than Red Bull is, and almost felt like I was drinking a carbonated fruit drink with caffeine rather than an energy drink. Nevertheless, it does taste nice and is not awful and cheap like some of the other budget brands of energy drinks out there!
In terms of stimulating my mind, I think I drank this at about 3pm yesterday after lunch and began to feel a bit more rejuvenated and ready to focus on work again. However, by 4pm I was dozing again and losing interest and went for another wander off out the building and ended up in Burger King lol. I feel I have sincerely lost my mojo in terms of my attention/concentration span on work and had hoped this would help, and I must say it did but the effects were short lived, and my brain just switched off and went back to it's daydream like states lol.
Overall, I think for 55p this isn't bad. Taste wise it's ok and it does have some effect at being a stimulant and stretching my mental capacity capability it's just the effects are really short term. I have better luck with red bull and lucozade which of course are more expensive, so I definitely think that with this you pay for what you get, and the more expensive energy drinks are more effective.
Boost Energy Drink
Recently there has been a massive increase in the amount of energy drinks on the market. They all share similar names, names that characterise them as stimulants, for example: Emerge, Monster, Red Bull, Relentless, Kick, Red Alert and Boost. They all claim to rapidly increase energy levels, but how well does Boost do against the competition? How well does it compete with Red Bull? The Boost website says, "Our mission is... To give you great tasting energy drinks for a fraction of what you'd expect... Why pay more when Boost gives you the same energy and taste?" In my opinion there are three categories to judge the drink on - the taste, the effect and the price.
First thing I'll say is that its best served cold. Take a nice, chilled can from the fridge - when its warm it's not at all pleasant to drink. Open the ring tab to reveal the 250ml of Boost inside; the smell is not as strong as that of the market leader - Red Bull, though it still has a distinct aroma, its not off putting either. Boost is a carbonated drink and once opened it produces a satisfying fizz. The drink doesn't go flat right away, it will still go for an hour or two but it won't last as long as the likes of Coca-Cola. I could quite happily put it in the fridge and return later, regardless if there is life in the can or not I would still be happy to finish it if chilled. Although Boost's 'mixed fruit' flavour is evident, it's far closer to artificial fruit than the freshly squeezed juice. The taste is very familiar, it's similar to that of Red Bull but slightly less intense, it's a little sharper and slightly less sweet. It has been compared to the taste of Appletiser. It is definitely an enjoyable experience, more so than the majority of energy drinks.
The effects the drink has on the body and mind are quite apparent; it really does give you a boost. Twenty minutes after drinking three quarters of the can I began to feel energised, the muscles in my body felt as though they had a bit more power. Before drinking it I felt quite tired and after drinking I felt awake and charged. The combination of caffeine, taurine and sugar didn't do so well on my mind, the drink seemed to speed up the rate of the thought process. I found it hard to focus sometimes, but with a bit of extra concentration I managed well and could feel and improvement. The effects on the consumer last for an hour or two and after I didn't really experience a 'comedown', there wasn't a clear transition, which is a good thing. Some people have complained that energy drinks give them the shakes a couple of hours after consuming, but as long as you don't drink too much and eat sensibly then I have found it's not a problem.
I would say this is a middle range priced product; Red Bull is obviously the highest priced energy drink sometimes selling for over £1.50. The cheaper varieties include supermarket's own brands and Emerge sell for as low as 25p. Boost is sold in most stores for 49p, which in my opinion is good value for money. It is widely available to buy, although the Co-Operative Food stores don't seem to sell it, which is probably only a minor inconvenience for a few.
In my honest opinion, Red Bull is my preferred choice, but due to the high price I have been working my way through energy drink portfolio for a substitute. I have to say that Boost is definitely the best alternative. It is enjoyable to drink, thirst quenching and delivers the right effects.
You can take your pick of energy drinks in bottles or cans as there are so many varieties on the supermarket shelves and it is a really vibrant market with lots of choice. I have tried several of the own label branded energy drinks from Asda and Tesco for example and obviously the market leader is probably Red Bull and although it is is a good product it is expensive.
Energy drinks are popular because life is fast paced and people want to stay awake to get everything done that they need to,I personally have used energy drinks when I have worked a night shift for an agency or I am working late in to the evening at my regular job. As you can imagine purchasing cans of Red Bull potentially turns out to be very expensive and so I usually opt for a cheaper brand, Boost being one of the ones they sell in the petrol station I work at on a part time basis.
I may be wrong but I honestly can not really tell any kind of difference between the less expensive brands and the market leaders, they taste like energy drinks which is not to everone's liking but you buy and consume them to help you stay alert and not generally because you love the flavour.
I am glad the can informed me that this is a carbonated mixed fruit drink because it is hard to dinstinguish the flavour and as I said before it just has that classic energy drink taste. This contains taurine and caffeine, an extremely high caffeine content in fact with 30mg in 100ml.
I think energy drinks must help you to stay alert and keep going in whatever you are doing because of the caffeine and taurine and also probably subconsciously they help as well because you have drunk some and so you think it should help and therefore does almost like a placebo.
So this brand is a good alternative to Red Bull as although the latter is great it can work out very pricey if you buy and consume a lot of it and Boost for example is only 49 pence for a 250ml can.
Boost Energy drinks are a mixed fruit flavour carbonated juice drink. I love using these when I am really tired or feel weak, plus they work wonders when you are ill. They are sold in 250ml cans and 500ml bottles. Well, they have a very high caffeine content which can be bad for you if used in excess.
I recently bought a multi pack in a local wholesalers. These particular drinks are almost an economy version of Red bull. When it comes to advantages these drinks have many, first of all they do what they say they are going to do, give you a boost. The effects usually last around 3 hours until you start to feel tired again. They are just an aid to sleeping.
I personally use these drinks on my way to college to wake myself up at 7 in the morning. They start to kick in around ten minutes after you have drunk it, and wear off a few hours after. The disadvantages of this product is that they can make you feel quite hyper and full of energy while quickly converting you back to being tired again. Also, another disadvantage is that if you drink it too close to going to bed, you will not be able to sleep (Just a personal encounter of mine). Other than the fact that they keep you awake they are pretty much a recent version of energy drinks, just without the hefty price tag.
Boost energy drinks are sold in most major stores and off licences all over Great Britain. They sell for around £70p per bottle, although I have seen them sold for £99p. Overall, I feel that the price is good for a large sized bottle and the quality is very high. The cans are not individually sold, but they are sold in a multi pack in wholesalers for £5.
Nutritional Information- Per 500ml
Overall, I would recommend this product to all people who are looking for a 'boost' not someone with energy looking for a hype!
Boost is an energy drink, sold in 1 litre bottles. It describes itself as a "carbonated mixed fruit flavour drink with taurine and caffeine". It's caffeine content is 30mg/100ml per bottle.
It states that it is unsuitable for children or those sensitive to caffeine, so it would be important to make sure that this product was kept in a high cupboard and not one that could be accessed by children.
When I tried this drink, I found it to be very effective in keeping me energised and motivated (I first used it at my wedding to keep me awake and fresh for photos throughout the long day!). On another occasion I drank some of this at about 7pm in the evening however the drink worked a little too well and I ended up unable to sleep until about 3am in the morning!
The flavour of Boost is very similar to red bull (although it does have an ever so slightly more bitter taste - perhaps less sugar?). The price difference is where you will see the biggest difference though. This drink is far far cheaper, made cheaper still by the fact that it is sold in larger bottles rather than small cans. This makes it ideal for parties/making cocktails or other occasions where you may need a lot of energy drink.
It is definitely worth buying, it tastes decent and it does the job! In a cocktail or if used as a mixer, I really don't think that you'd be able to tell the difference.
I do enjoy energy drinks, and I get bored of the regular same old ones - but I really enjoy Boost!
It comes in a grey bottle with a black and blue label which tends to stand out on the shelf. I can purchase it for 90p for 500ml or £1.30 for 1litre, which I think is very good value for an energy drink.
It's good when you need a little 'boost' of energy, or it's just enjoyable as a drink. However, I must admit that I find it a little addictive after a while and have to stop drinking it - it does contain a lot of caffeine!
It is vegetarian, free from nuts, gluten and diary ingredients, but unfortunately isn't organic just yet. However, they're also not suitable for people sensitive to caffeine or diabetics.
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Citric Acid, Taurine (0.4%), Flavourings (Including Caffeine (0.03%)), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Colours (Ammonia Caramel), Inositol, Preservative (Sodium Benzoate), Vitamins (Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B12).
Energy 200kJ/47 Kcal
It contains vitamin B12 - which is nice to know, especially as vegetarian when this vitamin is harder to be found in food, so it does have it's health benefits too! One of their 60ml shots contains 75mg of caffeine, so I dread to think how much is in a whole bottle!
I do like my energy drinks from time to time when I need a bit of a pick me up or something to keep you going. Now there is the more commonly known energy drinks like Red Bull, Relentless, Lucozade, Monster and many more but I am always on the lookout for new kinds of energy drinks that may give me that lift that the others cannot so when I saw this Boost Energy Drink in my local Costcutters where the energy drinks are kept I was curious to see what this was all about and decided to purchase it and see if it was as good as the other energy drinks I had tried in the past.
As the display picture shows it comes in a plastic grey bottle with a black and blue lable amd Boost Energy written down the side of the bottle and has a black screw top where you open the bottle. Like most bottles you buy it is simple enough to open and you get that fizz sound when you first open it and then you get familiar whiff that you get when you buy the majority of energy drinks and so I thought that this could be like the others or not but I would take my first gulp and wait and see what I thought.
I was happy to find that it had different type of taste to some of the other drinks and tasted a bit more carbonated but not so much that you felt bloated and enough so that it would taste flat and tasteless after it had been opened for some time. I think that with every mouthful you take that you do get an invigoration that makes you want to get up and go and do something which is the basic aim of energy drinks.
I have bought this quite a few times and it is not always in stock at Costcutters so when it is not there I tend to buy another energy drink but I am always pleased to see it on the shelf as I have grown accustomed to it but will not drink it by the gallon as then I would get addicted as some people can with energy drinks and then they sadly have the opposite effect of why you bought it in the first place and why it was manufactured.
This bottle costs me 65p from my local Costcutter for the 500ml bottle displayed but as I have researched a bit further there are some offers such as from concordextra.com where you can get 12 bottles for £8.28 if you want to stock up on them but for me personally even though I like this energy drink I would stick to single bottles.
They have their own website which there is a link to below I would think that this range would be more in supermatkets as they have cans of Boost too and a sugar free range, active couple of bottles, sports couple of bottles and even smoothies that makes this look quite good so it will be something I will look out for in the future check it out for yourselves :-
If you like your energy drinks or you have never tried this or just want something to give you a bit of get up and go try this and I am sure you will like the taste and the feeling it gives you.
I hope this review may encourage you and be of some use to you and do enough to make you want to buy Boost Energy Drink and as always thanks so much for reading.