Caffiend: Ole Energy

With thousands of different "energy drinks" on the market, it's hard to stand apart. Ole Energy, which is distributed by Sudden Impact Partners in Chandler, tries to make itself unique by including a blend of "adaptogenic herbs."

This blend of herbs includes stuff we've never heard of: Eleutherococcus Senticosus root and leaf, Aralia Manshurica, Rhaponticum Carthonoides, Rhodiola Rosea. Whatever they are, the herbs don't really seem to affect the flavor or the energy boost of Ole very much.

Ole Energy, like most late wave energy drinks, tastes like Sweet Tarts dissolved in carbonated water. It's almost overbearingly sweet, thanks to the 39 grams of sugar in the blend.

As for the energy boost, it's a quick sugar rush and not much more. There is caffeine in the formula, but the label doesn't disclose the exact amount. And as usual, this energy drink blend includes a ton of B vitamins, including more than 5000 percent the recommended daily allowance of B12.

Throw in some of the other ingredients in Ole -- Sucrose, Glucose, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, and Yellow 5 and 6 -- and you've got something far from healthy, and not very tasty, either.


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