The truth behind Celsius

I have always been anti-energy drink. I couldn’t be forced or bribed into choking one down for ages. I can’t even explain why. I had created this stigma in my mind that they were bad. Somehow, the chemicals in diet soda were dismissed, but any known energy drink was completely off-limits. 

Josie, my friend, morphed into not only my friend but workout partner over quarantine. A small mini-fridge in the near corner of her workout room was always stocked with the new pre and post-workout drinks. 

Josie pulled out a long white can and offered it to me one day in the middle of our workout. 

She explained that yes, it was an energy drink, but it was healthy. 

Celsius is marketed as being sugar-free, vegan, a mere ten calories, and filled with vitamins. It boosts your metabolism, and in turn, helps burn body fat. 

From my first sip, they had me so hooked. I know that sounds cliche, but seriously, it became my newest obsession. 

Though they have a limited selection of flavors, they release new flavors on occasion. Watermelon is my favorite flavor I have ever tried followed by Peach Vibe. 

I regularly dislike carbonation, but with a Celsius, I can’t be bothered. They offer non-carbonated flavors, but I actually don’t prefer those.

Aiding an impressive workout, my entire soccer team drank one before each game, and though they came with a stomach ache, it was worth it for this added energy.

After a while of drinking a Celsius a few days a week, I began to question this accompanied stomach ache. Because yes, the intense workouts and games were great, but why was this twelve-ounce drink having such an impact?

One can of Celsius has two-hundred milligrams of caffeine.

Caffeine is a stimulant. A stimulant is a drug that speeds up messages between the brain and body. While caffeine can make you feel more aware and awake, it can in turn raise your blood pressure, give insomnia, and affect the heart (“Is Caffeine Bad for You? How to Safely Get Your Fix”).

While caffeine can make you feel more aware and awake, it can in turn raise your blood pressure, give insomnia, and affect the heart.”

Nonetheless, my favorite Starbucks drink has one hundred seventy milligrams of caffeine, which is a similar amount. Putting this aside, however, adults can have about four hundred milligrams of caffeine daily, but teens should limit their intake to less than one hundred milligrams, which Celsius doubles (“How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?”).

My mom has never enjoyed me drinking these energy drinks. When I discussed with her that I would be writing this story, she seemed rather sure I would find many more dangers involved with this drink when, in reality, there doesn’t seem to be many.

I have scoured the internet for any potentially harmful ingredients or effects that Celsius drinks may have on the body, and I have found myself relatively empty-handed. It truly just seems that this drink aids in a more productive and effective workout and pick-me-up. 

While I researched, I found writing this went rather not as planned, but I am more than willing to accept that outcome. Now, I can continue to enjoy my newfound favorite beverage with little worry. With this, I drop my energy drink stereotype—at least for a Celsius.