Spring Valley Smart Energy drinks are fairly new in the energy drink market with three flavours so far. Citrus, blueberry and blood orange with chili.
I’ve decided to give all of them a try, from their names, citrus doesn’t seem too unusual, blueberry is a bit of an unusual one, but blood orange with chili is the really unusual one here. Note that I haven’t tried them yet, just going off names here. I look forward to trying them out though, Spring Valley juice is some of the nicest with some of the most unusual combinations, so I have high expectations.
Each can of Citrus Smart Energy is the average size of 250ml and as you can see from the photo, the colour is much brighter than that of the usual energy drink and is a very strong orange. I was expecting this since it is of course meant to be citrus flavoured. It is very similar in colour to Rockstar’s Juiced energy drink.
Taste wise, it is definitely a very strong citrus flavour. It is definitely one of the nicest energy drink’s I’ve had, and I think I have to attribute this to the fact that it does actually taste a lot like fruit juice. It has that very clear energy drink sort of flavour, but it is over powered by the citrus. According to the ingredients there is 2.5% mandarin juice and 2.5% grapefruit juice, which makes for a very nice energy drink flavour.
They are currently $2.39 a can at Coles.
Citrus Smart Energy Nutritional Information
The label indicates the following per 100ml:
It is recommended on the can not to drink more than 2 per day which is a pretty standard warning.
Unlike a lot of other energy drinks, Citrus Smart Energy seems to have a lot less in artificial sugars, I assume the fruit juice makes up for this and so it is probably a little bit healthier than others – though I am not an expert on that, it is just my observation based on the levels of artificial sugars. Caffeine is at the usual 32mg per 100ml.
Citrus Smart Ingredients
The ingredients according to the can are as follows:
Carbonated water, sugar, reconstituted fruit juices [mandarin (2.5%) & grapefruit (2.5%)], food acid (330), natural flavours, guarana extract (0.1%), natural colours (161B, 120), caffeine, preservative (211), maltodextrine, vitamins (niacin, pantothenic acid, B6, B12), glucuronolactone, ginseng extract (0.004%), ginkgo extract (0.004%), yerba mate extract (0.004%), inositol.
There is an unusual one in there, yerba mate extract. According to Wikipedia, yerba mate extract has a similar stimulating effect as caffeine. It looks like it has some positives and negatives, just like caffeine. It seems that it is in some ways healthier. However, some studies seem to indicate it has been linked with proliferation of oral cancer at certain concentrations, while others indicate it has reduced the chances of oral cancer at other concentrations.
It all seems very iffy to me. I guess like anything along these lines, drink at your own risk. Overall though, Spring Valley’s Citrus Smart Energy does seem to be one of the healthiest energy drinks I’ve looked at, including drinks like V Sugar Free, but with a far better taste
Citrus Smart Energy Ratings
Quantity – 250ml
Price – $2.39