Many energy drinks out there are equivalent to soda, and we all know how harmful a Coca-Cola can is.
However, Bang energy drinks have been gaining popularity recently and are standing out among the others, mainly because it’s marketed as having super creatine.
After my clients asked me what my stance is on this energy drink, I've been doing thorough research on the drink, its ingredients, and whether it is healthy.
Here’s a Quick Summary of Our Key Findings:
- VPX, the company that produces Bang energy drink, doesn’t disclose how much creatine there’s in the drink.
- Bang contains super creatine, which is the world’s only water-stable creatine.
- Super creatine isn’t FDA verified.
- The drink has probably about 4 to 32.5mg of creatine, which is unlikely to have significant effects.
Does Bang Have Creatine in It?
I’ve checked both Bang label and their website, but I couldn’t find exactly how much creatine is in the drink.
However, based on the ingredients list, its creatine content, including other amino acids, might range from 4 - 30 mg.
Most energy drinks contain small amounts of creatine — 0.84 to 1.21 mg (other amino acids not included).
This amount isn’t harmful but can help enhance training and workouts.
But, VPX, the company behind Bang energy drinks, hasn’t disclosed how much creatine the drink contains, which was a red flag.
While it is safe to consume up to 5 mg of creatine per day, too much of it can have side effects, such as weight gain, diarrhea, kidney problems, and more. (1)
Bang Energy Drink Ingredients
Before I go into depth on all of these, especially creatine and super creatine, let’s check what Bang energy drink contains.
Bang drink nutrition facts for 16 ounces:
- 0 calories
- 0 total fat
- 0 saturated fat
- 0 trans fat
- 0 cholesterol
- 40 mg sodium
- 85 mg potassium
- 0 carbohydrate
- 0 dietary fiber
- 0 sugar
- 0 protein
The daily value (DV) recommended amount of vitamins:
- Vitamin C: 50%
- Vitamin B12: 25%
- Vitamin B6: 25%
- Magnesium: 2%
- Niacin: 25%
Bang energy drinks also contain traces of these (in undisclosed amounts):
- Super creatine
- Vitamin C
- Potassium phosphate dibasic
- Magnesium chloride
- Acesulfame potassium
- Natural flavors
- Sodium benzoate
Let’s break down the nutrition facts of this artificially-sweetened zero-calorie energy drink:
- No protein
- No fiber
- Some vitamins
If you’re wondering how Bang energy drinks taste so good if they don’t have any sugar, the answer is sucralose. Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is 320 to 1,000 times sweeter than table sugar.
As for the other components, don’t expect Bang to fill you up. Yes, it has a good amount of vitamins, but unless you’re on a special diet, you probably aren’t lacking Vitamins B and C, which means there’s little benefit to them in Bang drinks.
Chances are, unless you’ve got some previous chemical knowledge, most of these ingredients won’t mean much to you.
That’s why I’m breaking down the essential ingredients, starting with super creatine.
Before we talk about super creatine, let’s see what creatine is. Muscle cells naturally produce creatine to help with energy when doing a high-intensity workout.
It’s one of the most popular supplements with athletes and bodybuilders because it can:
- Speed muscle growth
- Lower blood sugar levels
- Improve brain function
- Increase energy production
A study has shown that creatine supplementation improves workout performance by 10% to 15%. (2)
VPX claims that super creatine is a form of creatine bonded to L-Leucine, a kind of amino acid that builds proteins in the body.
VPX promotes super creatine as the “only world’s water-stable creatine.” This means that super creatine can easily cross the blood-brain barrier and help with mental focus.
However, this ingredient hasn’t been FDA verified, nor could I find any scientific articles done on the topic, so I’m taking super creatine benefits with a grain of salt.
VPX isn’t forthcoming with how much creatine the energy drinks contain, but judging by other ingredient quantities, chances are there’s about 4 to 32.5mg of creatine and other amino acids.
The safe dose is around 5g a day, which means the amount of creatine in Bang is unlikely to have any significant effects.
Super Creatine Benefits
Super Creatine does have benefits if you consume it both before and after exercise, such as:
- Speeds up muscles recovery both during and after working out
- Helps with mental focus during exercising
- Boots gym performance
Note: These benefits are mainly expressed when creatine and super creatine are used together.
As VPX says, super creatine is water-soluble, which is another important benefit, as it means the body can absorb super creatine much faster than regular creatine.
It is also much faster absorbed by the brain, which helps with mental concentration.
Keep in mind, none of these benefits have been checked by the FDA, so if it works for you, then great. If not, switch to something else.
The drink contains 300 mg of caffeine per 16 oz. This amounts to 3 cups of coffee in only one can of energy drink.
A review of 700 studies on caffeine consumption found that 400mg is the safe daily dose for healthy adults. (3)
Drinking more than 400mg of caffeine likely won’t cause an overdose, but having 300 mg in a matter of minutes can cause jitters and anxiety.
Regarding creatine and caffeine, it’s been proven that caffeine reduces the effectiveness of creatine.
Considering how much caffeine Bang beverages have has left me questioning its creatine benefits.
BCAAs are branched-chain amino acids, and it’s a very popular supplement with athletes.
There are three kinds of BCAAs found in energy drinks:
BCAA benefits include:
- Prevent muscle wasting
- Reduce fatigue
- Help muscles grow
However, same with creatine, the levels of BCAAs aren’t stated. In all likelihood, they’re minimal and will have minimal beneficial effects.
Read More: BCAA vs Creatine - What's The Difference?
Bang Energy Drinks Super Creatine Lawsuit
In 2018, VPX Sports was sued by ThermoLife International, LLC, a sports nutrition and supplements manufacturer. ThermoLife claimed that VPX is deceiving the world and its users by false advertising.
“Super Creatine is NOT creatine, nor is it a source of creatine, and despite their intentional false advertising, VPX and Owoc know this.” - Ron Kramer, ThermoLife founder
Their complaint is mainly about super creatine, and they claim that:
- Super creatine is not creatine
- Super creatine doesn’t form creatine when ingested
The complaint also states that this isn’t a bioavailable form of creatine and that VPX takes advantage of its users who believe that super creatine has the same function in the body as creatine does.
Are There Benefits To Bang Energy Drinks?
es, there are benefits to Bang energy drinks if consumed in moderation.
Because it has 300mg of caffeine, it’s one of the strongest energy drinks on the market, so if your body has a high caffeine tolerance, it could be a good choice for you.
What Are Alternatives To Bang Energy Drinks?
Some of the most popular Bang alternative products are:
- Red Bull
- Mountain dew
… and more
Most of these products have different flavors and contain caffeine and sugar, apart from Reize, which is sugar-free. It’s a good idea to check other fan reviews and experiences with these products before trying them yourself.
Are Bang Drinks Healthy?
No one can say for sure if band drinks are healthy. Yes, they contain supplements such as BCAA or caffeine. However, there are too many unanswered claims, such as the amount of creatine they have, so this drink can’t be proclaimed as safe for everybody’s health.
Bang Energy Drinks Creatine Verdict
While we don’t know the exact amount of creatine, I hope you have a clearer answer to this question.
My advice for the consumption of Bang is — everything in moderation. Once in a while won't have any adverse effects on your health.
Don’t stick to the liquid supplement only, but try other forms, such as powder form.
Let me know your experience with Bang or any other recommendations or questions about other energy drinks.