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I am not nor have I ever been very big into energy drinks but as I get older in years and heavier in weight I seem to rely on them more and more to get me through my hour of five aside football every week. I loathe paying the price for things like red bull and the other leading brands so I often resort to Asda`s own and things like that but the new kid on the block for me is one called Emerge.
Emerge is a typical energy drink both in appearance as well as taste, it comes in a long thin can like most other energy drinks and if it were served ice cold in a glass to me I would swear blind it was red bull as there is little or no difference when cold, but if it is not ice cold then there is a bit of a bitterness about the taste in my opinion and I have never noticed this with red bull.
Energy drinks are basically soft drinks with added caffeine and other active ingredients to give your body a sugar rush and a recharge of energy, this makes then fairly unhealthy drinks as a high sugar, glucose and caffeine level is never a good thing but Emerge does at least counter this somewhat with the addition of vitamins B5, B6, B2 and B12.
The other things that go into this drink are nowhere near as positive as the added vitamins however, the drink also contains, sugar, Glusose-frutose syrup and Citric acid (all at high levels) and lengthy list of colourings and additives. The taste as I mentioned is similar to red bull which for those of you that have not tried red bull is a taste somewhere between kids cough medicine and bubblegum and whilst that does not sound particularly pleasant it is actually ok and the drink is more designed to give an energy boost that to be delicious.
The main question then would be does this Emerge energy drink actually give you the desired energy boost and the answer would be yes it does and although it is not going to turn you into superman (or woman) it is going to perk you up a bit after exercise and it certainly does as much for you as the much more expensive brand s do.
Red bull sells at around £1.35 per tin or 4 tins for £5; whereas you can grab yourself a tin of Emerge from some places for as low as 39p. I would never suggest anyone drinks a lot of this stuff because the health issues are obvious and at the very least you will pile on the pounds, but if you need an energy drink every now and then, then this one makes sense at less than half the price of red bull and tasting almost identical and doing an identical job.
This energy drink has a lot more fizz than a red bull, that might be a good thing or a bad thing depending on personal taste. To me it makes no difference as I enjoy both equally but if you prefer less fizz then red bull may be your choice even though it is much more expensive.
I personally quite enjoy a tin of Emerge after my football and I have just recently put it to the test in my vodka after a long night out. I went back to a party at a friend’s house and when I asked if he had any red bull for the vodka, his reply was “no I am on the cheap stuff” and he produced a tin of Emerge from his fridge. This suited me just fine and I have to say that in vodka it is every bit as good as red bull also so there you have it, get all the benefits and the taste of red bull at a fraction of the price in the shape of the new kid in town “Emerge”!!