When you picture a clean energy drink, you might imagine a fruity and fragile beverage that simply doesn’t pack a punch like an aggressive can of Monster or Red Bull. However, Runa Clean Energy Drinks contain 150 mg. of caffeine per 12 oz. can, which is comparable to a similarly sized cup of coffee!
Considering the mere 2 grams of sugar and 30 calories—starkly contrasting the 54 grams of sugar and 210 calories found in a single 16 oz. can of Monster—Runa is clearly the best choice out of its competitors for the health-conscious consumer who wants a little perk in their cup. However, consuming excessive caffeine can have detrimental effects, regardless of how healthy the drink may be otherwise.
Not All Caffeine Is Equal
Deep in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, the Kichwa indigenous people have been brewing guayusa leaves for thousands of years. They call the brewed guayusa “runa,” which means “fully alive.” This is where the energy drink derives its name and its caffeine. Unlike the caffeine in other energy drinks and sodas, this caffeine is 100% natural.
Runa Clean Energy Drinks are USDA-certified organic, non-GMO, and fair-trade, a trio of factors that make this drink a better choice on a global and individual scale.
Every can of Runa contains five ingredients: organic brewed guayusa, cane sugar, natural flavor, citric acid, and vitamin C. Some flavors have other ingredients, such as watermelon juice in the Blood Orange recipe, and a couple of formulas include stevia as a natural sweetener. Currently, Runa comes in Berry Boost, Blood Orange, Watermelon Focus, Wild Black Cherry, Peach Paradise, Tropical Passionfruit, and Lime Twist flavors.
Runa Vs. Popular Energy Drinks From The Mainstream Market
Here’s a quick comparison of how Runa compares with the caffeine levels in other energy drinks:
Caffeine in 10 Popular Energy Drinks per 16 oz. serving
|Runa Clean Energy Drinks*||187 mg|
|Monster Energy||160 mg|
|Bang Energy||300 mg|
|Rockstar Energy||160 mg|
|NOS Energy||160 mg|
|Reign Energy||300 mg|
|Burn Energy||150 mg|
|Mountain Dew Energy Drinks||180 mg|
|Red Bull||150 mg|
|Spike Hardcore Energy||350 mg|
*Note that Runa Clean Energy Drinks come in a 12 oz. can, but the serving size was altered for the purpose of comparison.
Runa vs. Coffee
Coffee is much more subjective than energy drinks because everything from the beans to the brewing method influences how much caffeine is in your cup. Here’s how Runa Clean Energy Drinks compare to some popular coffee beverages.
Caffeine in Runa Clean Energy vs. Common Coffee Drinks
|12 oz. can of Runa Clean Energy Drink||150 mg|
|Starbucks drip coffee||180–415 mg|
|Standard Single Shot of Espresso||63 mg|
|Single Shot of Espresso at Starbucks||75 mg|
|Starbucks DoubleShot Espresso||120 mg per 6.5 fl oz. can|
|Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee||155-360 mg|
|A typical cup of coffee brewed at home||70–140 mg|
How Much Caffeine Can I Have Each Day?
Even though Runa may be a relatively healthy choice compared to some energy drinks, you should still be cautious not to drink too much to avoid the side effects of having too much caffeine. The FDA recommends that the average adult caps their caffeine intake at 400 mg. daily, which is no more than 4–6 cups of coffee at home or about three Runa energy drinks. However, you might still experience caffeine jitters from three cans a day, so just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
Runa Clean Energy drinks are a healthy option to add some spark to your day. However, they should be consumed in moderation to avoid the harmful effects of having too much caffeine. Per ounce, these powerful energy drinks are more caffeinated than Red Bull and comparable to a cup of coffee.