Buzzing in the Bay

An exploration of healthy caffeine alternatives

From partying to studying: An all natural energy drink to the rescue?

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In an attempt to find another natural source of energy, I came across an energy drink that does not have caffeine or high fructose corn syrup. I was thinking to myself, “okay, this can either be a misleading advertisement or a drink that actually gives me energy.”

I have come across numerous energy drinks that claim they are sugar free, natural and low in calorie; when in fact, it is just low in calories and sugar free because of an artificial sweetener that is actually worse than consuming actual sugar.


In addition, energy drinks contain Guarana, Carnitine and Taurine, all of which are not the best ingredients for consumption.

I was amazed and skeptical when I came across the energy drinks, GolferAid and PartyAid, that did not have any of these ingredients and was only 45 calories. I tried to keep an open mind when I was drinking GolferAid, but it didn’t help my case.

Although it didn’t have the taste or as much carbonation as a common energy drink, such as Red Bull or Rockstar, I didn’t really enjoy the taste. It wasn’t excessively sweet and I was able to chug it extremely quick, but I wouldn’t buy it again. It didn’t give me the wakeup jolt I was looking for and even as I was drinking it, I was already thinking about the cup of coffee I was desperate to have.

Despite the fail of GolferAid, I wanted to give the product a second chance, so I tried PartyAid. I was attracted to this product in particular because the suggested idea to drink it before and after partying. I figured I may as well try it the way it was suggested.

After a long night and having to have an early start, I decided to try PartyAid. I was incredibly surprised that it actually woke me up a bit; not to the same extent as a cup of coffee but just enough to be awake and attentive in class. I even had a friend try it to get a second opinion:

Having a higher tolerance for caffeine than I do, it didn’t affect him nearly as much, but he said he felt a bit of a rush but still needed a cup of coffee to get his day started.

With this said, I will not be purchasing this drink anytime soon for taste nor energy purposes.


In regards to an immediate jolt and on a scale of 1-10, I would rate PartyAid and GolfAid a two.


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