Monster Rehab

We've tried dozens and dozens of energy drinks, and the regular Monster (green label) is still our favorite. But we can't always handle the mass amounts of sugar and carbonation in the regular Monster, so when we saw a newer, non-carbonated drink called Monster Rehab, we figured we'd give it a try.

We weren't sorry. The can says there's only ten calories per serving, so we were concerned the Monster Rehab would have some sort of strange, artificial sweetener taste. Luckily, there was no such funky flavor. In fact, the Rehab just tasted like delicious lemonade, with a hint of black tea -- not quite an Arnold Palmer, but maybe better.

There are three grams of sugar per serving in the Monster Rehab (and two servings per 16 ounce can), so by the time we got to the bottom of the can, we had a nice sugar buzz going on. Rehab also contains electrolytes, so this was the perfect beverage for refueling after our weekend yard work.

Like carbonated energy drinks, the Monster Rehab contains lots of Taurine (1,000 mg per servings) and 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of all B vitamins. The caffeine content isn't clear from the label -- it's included in the "Rehab Energy Blend," which also includes the amino acid L-Carnitine, natural caffeine called guarana, and something called mangosteen extract (supposedly used as a natural, anti-inflammatory agent). There's also 14 mg of calcium and 110 mg of sodium per serving.

Overall, the Monster Rehab left us feeling refueled, rehydrated, and regretting that we didn't try it sooner.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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