What You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks
Bang Energy Drinks, from VPX Sports, advertise themselves as the sexy new product for athletes everywhere. On every can, you’ll find their catchphrase “Potent Brain & Body Fuel”. With claims of clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes, it’s a no-brainer why these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven’t heard of them? Sound too good to be true?…
First off, let me tell you, that I am no stranger to these fantastically flavored cans of crack. When I first came across BANG energy drinks, all I could think after glancing over the label was okay wooah great it has B-C double A’s, CoQ10, SUPER CREATINE? (YAS QUEEN) and a load of caffeine. You bet your ass I immediately grabbed the Pina Colada flavor and chuckled to myself as a drank in this super powered elixir and headed into the gym.
Within minutes a rush of panicked energy swept over me, I was sweating like a priest in a preschool, and feeling so irritate that I was this close👌🏼 to throwing the dumbbell I was holding out the window.
What the heck was going on? Was it the magical pre-workout drink doing this to me? No, cannot be…
I frantically looked up BANG Energy Drinks online, but as far as I could see (at first) there were only rave reviews on the stuff. Many of them them touting health claims and nutrition facts that seemingly stand in stark contrast to other options like Rockstar or Monster energy drinks.
Can BANG Energy Drinks live up to all the Hype?
In this post we’ll take a closer look to see if BANG Energy Drinks are actually as healthy as they say and if they can live up to their nutritional/supplemental claims.
So let’s examine what VPX Sports calls its “potent brain & body-rocking fuel.”
BANG’s are a cocktail of caffeine, CoQ10, Super Creatine (what the company calls its patented creation of Creatyl-L-Leucine) and BCAAs. Aside from the caffeine, you will not locate exactly how much of these ingredients are in each can of BANG. It’s not on the label, and it’s not on the company’s official website… ummm seem a little suspicious?
Yes, BCAAs and CoQ10 can offer some benefit, particularly for those with deficiencies in their diet, but we can’t analyze how they impact the nutritional profile of BANG.
If you’re interested in knowing the breakdown of what’s going on inside each can, I’ve listed the nutrtion facts below:
BANG ENERGY DRINK NUTRITION INFORMATION
A 16 fl.oz can of Bang Energy:
• 0 Calories
• 300mg of Caffeine (making Bang one of the strongest energy drinks)
• 0g Fat
• 0g Carbohydrate
• 0 Protein
• 0mg Cholesterol
• 40g Sodium
• 85mg Potassium
• Vitamin C (50% of the daily recommended dosage)
• Vitamin B6 (25% of the daily recommended dosage)
• Magnesium ( 2% of the daily recommended dosage)
• Niacin ( 25% of the daily recommended dosage)
• Vitamin B12 (25% of the daily recommended dosage)
Also contains traces of:
• Citric acid anhydrous
• Caffeine anhydrous
• Sodium benzoate (Preservative)
• Potassium sorbate (Preservative)
• Sucralose (Artificial sweetener)
• Acesulfame potassium
• Magnesium chloride
• Super Creatine (Creatyl-L-Leucine)- Creatine bonded to L-Leucine
• Calcium Chloride
HOW MUCH CAFFEINE IS TOO MUCH?
Bang’s are one of few energy drinks that have the highest caffeine content on the market. Consuming just one can of Bang puts you nearly at your max daily dosage of caffeine, in a single drink, in a short amount of time.
Consuming over the recommended daily dosage of caffeine can most certainly cause you to have migraines, headaches, and insomnia.
In order to fatally overdose on caffeine, you would have to consume as much as 10g of caffeine, which is equivalent to 33 cans of Bang Energy drink in a day! I highly doubt that anyone would be crazy enough to consume that many Bang’s in a day, nor do I suggest anyone actually try to do so. ☠️
The So-Called “Health Benefits” of BANG Energy Drinks
Jack Owoc, the founder and “Chief Scientific Officer” of Vital Pharmaceuticals aka VPX Sports, claims that Bang Products have the potential to reverse “mental retardation,” which he says is inevitable “as you age” and that the energy drinks help “with all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.”
Okay then Jack, how does it work?
While Bang products do contain vitamins C, B3, B6 and B12, he credits his “super creatine” ingredient, which is supposedly “20x more effective at reaching the brain than any other form of creatine,” for the too-good-to-be-true health benefits…
On their website they state, “Everyone knows creatine is a great muscle builder and can increase athletic performance, but new research suggests that creatine can increase your mental function, as well.”
Hmmm I see what you saying, Jack, but get this one you guys… VPX Sports is currently being SUED based on allegations their “SUPER CREATINE” isn’t actually creatine at all!
Law Suit Against VPX’s Misbranded Products
On October 10, 2018, ThermoLife International, LLC filed suit in Arizona Federal District Court against Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (VPX). As alleged in ThermoLife’s Complaint, “VPX has waged a nationwide advertising and marketing campaign that falsely promotes the health benefits of its BANG energy drink. VPX’s advertising and marketing of BANG is fantastical.”
It seems to me that, seeking to take advantage of creatine’s popularity, VPX falsely claims that Super Creatine “is the world’s only water-stable creatine.”
ThermoLife’s Complaint explains in detail however, Super Creatine is NOT creatine, and contrary to VPX’s false advertising, Super Creatine does NOT form creatine when ingested. The compound that VPX advertises as Super Creatine is actually a covalently bonded creatine dipeptide, NOT a bioavailable form of creatine.
VPX has been deceptively taking advantage of the fact that consumers, hearing the name Super Creatine, are led to believe that Super Creatine has the same function and benefit of creatine in the body.
As ThermoLife’s Complaint alleges, the data included in VPX’s own patent and the results of a study that VPX recently commissioned on Super Creatine in rodents proves that VPX, in fact, KNOWS that Super Creatine is not a source of creatine, and that VPX is fully aware that they are blatantly and intentionally lying to consumers!
There have been several studies that were recently conducted to test the stability and toxicology of the compound that VPX terms as “Super Creatine.” These studies show that the Super Creatine compound does NOT break down to creatine when ingested. Instead, the compound breaks down to creatinine, a compound which is “a useless substance” that can be potentially harmful.
HOLD UP… So this amazing super creatine substance that gives Bang Energy Drinks their glory is actually TOXIC?
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
And, mind you, there’s few, if any studies at all that test the effects of this substance on the body and what symptoms may be caused by it.
CREATINE & CAFFEINE?
According to a lot of reviews, Bang energy drinks certainly give you an effective energy boost. That’s obviously no surprise given the amount of caffeine.
But… it does exactly the opposite. And here’s why (not to keep beating a dead horse):
IF Bang’s actually DID contain creatine as they say they do, THEN their still getting it all wrong.
This folks, is well, because creatine is usually best for high-intensity type workouts.
Studies have shown that there’s a boost in strength and power when consuming creatine during high-intensity workouts. Creatine encourages the shortening of the muscle relaxation time amid brief isometric muscle constrictions without influencing power output. Caffeine, on the other hand has been shown to provide significant improvements in endurance type workouts.
So, what happens when you mix the two together?
You get an absolute mess.
This is because of the opposing effects that caffeine and creatine have on muscle relaxation time.
SO, ARE BANG ENERGY DRINKS BAD FOR YOU?
Okay ya’ll, after all that’s said and done, I wouldn’t go as far to say Bang energy drinks are particularly bad for you, if consumed in moderation. However, Bang Energy Drinks are FAR from the wonder-drink that they claim to be.
With all the controversy surrounding Bang’s, it’s understandable why some people stay away from them altogether.
Bang’s ultimately don’t provide us sufficient nutrition information to know if there is any health benefits to them at all. They’ve also been caught red-handed lying about their “patented” ingredients.
Those reasons alone should be enough to hold up a big RED flag for you 🚩.