Energy Drink Ingredients That You Should Avoid at All Costs - Kill Cliff

Energy Drink Ingredients That You Should Avoid at All Costs

Energy Drink Ingredients that you should avoid at all costs

The right energy drink gets us going. It keeps us going. It helps us recover.

The right energy drink helps us maintain our health and wellness.

But how do we make sure that we have the right energy drink?

An easy place to start is to avoid harmful ingredients. Below you will find information regarding common but damaging energy drink components so that you will know exactly what ingredients to avoid at all costs. Be sure to click on each dangerous ingredient to learn more about its associated risks and read to the end to learn how KILL CLIFF energy drinks prioritize both your health and getting you back to full speed.


The American Heart Association recommends no more than 36 grams of sugar consumption for men and 25 grams for women per day. Sugar is linked to obesity, heart failure, strokes, and overall poor health. It is critical to monitor your sugar intake; however, below we list shortcut ingredients used by many traditional energy drink companies that may be more harmful than sugar itself.


From altering the body’s hormone balance to increasing the risk of weight gain, stroke, and kidney disease, the potential risks of consuming artificial sugar cannot be overstated. Be sure to read more about how artificial sugars could be harming your health and keep reading for examples of specific destructive sugar substitutes. Don’t fall victim to energy drinks that brag about “zero calories” while they simultaneously sacrifice your health to artificial sweeteners like those listed below.


Sucralose is a chemical compound that was first discovered through the development of insecticides. While the chemical was never intended to be consumed, sucralose is now the most used artificial sweetener in the world.


Aspartame has been linked to the following concerns: birth defects, cancer, diabetes, emotional disorders, epilepsy, and seizures. Such severe trade off to avoid calories!

ACE-K (or Acesulfame potassium):

Ace-K has a bitter after taste, so it is often paired with other artificial sugars to hide just how gross it makes products taste. The chemical has also been shown to potentially cause birth defects when consumed by pregnant women.


Consuming caffeine helps boost your immune system, but only if ingested in appropriate amounts. In contrast, drinking too much caffeine can suppress the immune system, increase cortisol levels (a stress hormone in the body), and even worsen disorders including panic attacks, irritability, insomnia, and addiction. Many energy drinks contain an entire day’s dose of caffeine in only one drink. As a result, you should be extremely careful to moderate how much caffeine you consume each day, especially if you like to enjoy more than one energy drink within 24 hour periods. Synthetic caffeine produced in Chinese manufacturing plants also subjects consumers to significantly more risks than natural caffeine sources. Be sure you seek out natural caffeine options and companies who refuse to settle for synthetic caffeine!

Too much taurine:

Consuming too much taurine can cause severely low blood pressure. Scarily, this amino acid is used in many energy drinks to regulate water and mineral content of the blood, so it is up to you to be sure the energy drinks you use don’t contain unhealthy levels of taurine.

Product comparison:

As you have learned through this article, is vital to understand what ingredients are in your energy drinks. And you’re in luck! We have done the work for you—just click here for more information about how these harmful ingredients are used in some of the most common energy drinks.

What energy drink uses natural sugar and the perfect caffeine content?

Here at KILL CLIFF, we love a good energy drink, but we're aware of the possible dangers of the many unnatural ingredients that many popular energy drinks contain. We wanted an energy drink with a strong caffeine buzz coming from a natural source, with no artificial we made one. 

KILL CLIFF Ignite is a sugar-free, naturally sweetened energy drink that delivers the jolt you crave with 150 mg of naturally-sourced green tea caffeine (about a cup and a half of coffee). Additionally, KILL CLIFF Ignite includes only FDA-regulated ingredients in its specialized blend of B-vitamins and electrolytes. It provides you with 10% of your daily values of magnesium and potassium, which helps regulate hydration and blood flow. Best of all, NO TOXIC INGREDIENTS!

So, whether you want sustained clean energy to help you through your day, or you want a natural alternative pre-workout drink...or you want to get fired up for a long night of playing Call of Duty and Red Dead Redemption, KILL CLIFF Ignite is your go-to option! Check it out!