What You Should Know Before You Drink Celsius

Popular energy drink contains controversial drug

Madelynn Sturman, Photography Editor

What is Celsius? According to their company website, the Celsius drink is different from all other energy beverages out there: “CELSIUS stands out against other brands because it’s made with healthier ingredients….Our drinks contain no sugar, no aspartame, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.” Therefore, because of this lack of damaging ingredients, it can boost your metabolism, burn calories and body fat, as well as provide essential energy. Although the reduction of additives and increase in energy sound positive, how does eliminating just those ingredients solve issues that people already struggle with on a daily basis? And, how do we know when people are consuming too much? 

Most energy drinks contain large amounts of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavoring. Celsius, however, does not contain any of these ingredients. So what does the drink consist of? According to the manufacturers, they are made with a METAPLUS blend that is composed of  “ginger root, guarana seed extract, chromium, vitamins, and green tea extract with a specific ratio of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate).” Most of these ingredients are recognizable or are at least found in many healthy beverages besides one: guarana seed extract. In a recent study done by the NCAA, it was revealed that Celsius contains an illegal performance stimulant called guarana, which would make drug tests come back positive for Olympians, alongside those taken for other competitive athletes or any place that drug tests.

The moral of the story is that next time you try something new, you should check the nutrition label to have more insight into what substances you are putting into your body. Since many ingredients used in processed, mass-produced products can have a negative effect on you, researching ingredients can only help in a positive way. As many teenagers enjoy the addictive taste and energy boost of Celsius, many agree that their ignorance of the ingredients keeps them from understanding what they are actually ingesting, which is extremely concerning when controversial drugs are involved.