XS energy drink is manufactured by Logic Nutrition, a company based in California, but is distributed and sold by Quixtar/Amway. According to Quixtar/Amway IBOs (independent business owners), XS energy drink is the number 1 produced energy drink in the United States and number 2 in sales volume worldwide, just behind Red Bull. These are impressive numbers but I think they are misleading.
Most XS energy drinks are sold to and consumed by Quixtar/Amway IBOs, which are the sellers of XS. According to my research and from talking with IBOs, I could tell that only a small percentage of XS products are sold to customers. Therefore, their claims above are misleading.
XS currently has 11 different flavors plus 3 caffeine-free versions, which adds up to 14 different types. All its energy drinks are low in carbs and sugar, and loaded with B-vitamins. Too bad its B-vitamins are synthetic, making them less effective. Some of its energy drinks have no carbs, no sugar, and no caffeine. One thing that concerned me about XS energy drinks is their high levels of synthetic vitamin B12. Most of them have 4,900 percent of the percent daily value. XS Gold has 8,000 percent.
All of the XS energy drink flavors contain sucralose, an artificial sweetener known by independent researchers as a neurotoxin. Sucralose was accidentally discovered by a scientist who was trying to create a new insecticide, which is why sucralose has similar insecticide properties.
As described at MedicineNet.com.
The most misunderstood fact about sucralose is that it is nothing like sugar even though the marketing implies that it is. Sucralose was actually discovered while trying to create a new insecticide. It may have started out as sugar, but the final product is anything but sugar. According to the book Sweet Deception, sucralose is made when sugar is treated with trityl chloride, acetic anhydride, hydrogen chlorine, thionyl chloride, and methanol in the presence of dimethylformamide, 4-methylmorpholine, toluene, methyl isobutyl ketone, acetic acid, benzyltriethlyammonium chloride, and sodium methoxide, making it unlike anything found in nature. If you read the fine print on the Splenda web site, it states that “although sucralose has a structure like sugar and a sugar-like taste, it is not natural.”
Sucralose is used to replace sugar because it is many times sweeter than sugar and has very little calories. To be on the safe side, you should limit one XS per day or less. If you are health conscious stay away from XS, drink GURU energy drink instead.
Reflecting back to my reviews, most of XS energy drinks had good energy boost. Their energy was not as strong as Bawls, Rockstar, and Snake Eyes, but had no major bad side effects. Some of the minor side effects I experienced were light headaches and stomachaches.
Thank you everyone for all your comments
This article has generated a good amount of comments relating to the health benefits of XS energy drinks; therefore, I decided to add more information on this topic. If you do not care about your health and are drinking XS because you like it, this information is probably not for you. If you are drinking XS because you think it is healthy or someone told you it was healthy, you may want to pay really close attention to the following information.
XS energy drink, like most energy drinks on the market, contains artificial sweetener (sugar-free versions) and synthetic vitamins. Some of these ingredients are created through the use of genetically modified organisms, such as genetically modified bacteria. If you are interested in how genetically modified food affects your health, please read this article.
Some of the people who commented below believe that synthetic vitamins and natural vitamins are the same, and there is no health hazard of consuming synthetic vitamins. This type of belief is based on misguided information and a lack of knowledge, because there is an abundance of information showing that synthetic vitamins are not the same as natural vitamins. Below is an excellent quote from Robert J Thiel, Ph.D., N.D. about the differences between natural and synthetic vitamins.
United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) synthetic vitamin B isolates are not food, even though they are often called “natural” and are sometimes added to foods—they are synthesized, standardized chemical isolates. In nature, vitamins are never isolated: they are always present in the form of food vitamin-complexes.
Vitamin B1, Thiamin The free vitamin B1 (called thiamin) is a base. When it is synthesized it becomes a solid salt such as thiamin hydrochloride or thiamin mononitrate. Synthetically thiamin is usually marketed as thiamin hydrochloride or thiamin mononitrate and is a made from Grewe diamine (a coal tar derivative) processed with ammonia and other chemicals. No thiamin hydrochloride (often listed as thiamin HCL) or thiamin mononitrate is naturally found in food or the body (thiamin pyrophosphate is the predominant form in the body. Yeast and legumes are excellent food sources of natural thiamin.
People who believe natural and synthetic vitamins are the same and that they have the same health benefits, lack the knowledge of how vitamins and nature work. Vitamins found in nature are always accompanied by other vitamins, minerals, co-vitamin helpers, and other synergistic components. These extra components are needed to assist the body in utilizing the vitamins and prevent them from breaking down into toxic chemicals. This is why refined sugar is not good for you and natural sugar found in fruits is good for you.
Most energy drink causes your blood to become acidic. Acidic blood reduces the functions of your cells and creates an environment for harmful microorganisms and cancer to thrive in. It also drains your body of energy and nutrients and weakens your bones.
The people who work in the top levels of energy drink companies know about the hidden dangers in energy drinks, but they decided not tell their consumers because of greed and ignorance. In other words, they care more about money than your life and think you are too dumb to know. How sad is that? When you see an energy drink or any drink with the advertisements zero carbs, zero sugar, sugar-free, low calories, do not fall for their marketing tricks.
Click on the links below to read the full review of each XS flavor. Note: listed from best to worst in flavor.
- XS Cranberry Grape Blast (available without caffeine)
- XS Tropical Blast (available without caffeine)
- XS Cherry Blast
- XS Peach Tea Blast
- XS Tea Berry Blast
- XS Citrus Blast
- XS Rootbeer Blast (available without caffeine)
- XS Cola Blast
- XS Gold Energy Plus
- XS Electric Lemon Blast
- XS Black Cherry Cola Blast
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