4 Toxic Ingredients in Energy Drinks That I Avoid

Have you looked at the ingredients in energy drinks like Monster & Prime recently? Acesulfame potassium, Sucralose, Artificial Flavors, the list goes on. Many of these ingredients have been linked to serious health concerns including cancer. Once I found this out a few years ago, I started completly avoiding energy drinks until I found Nooma.

When it comes to staying hydrated and energized, especially while skateboarding, I have a few go-to beverages and some key ingredients I always avoid. Here’s a rundown of what I steer clear of and why:

Ingredients to Avoid

1. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Why I Avoid It: HFCS is a cheap sweetener found in many processed foods and drinks. It’s linked to various health issues, including obesity and diabetes. I prefer drinks with regular sugar, which, while still a sweetener, doesn’t carry the same health risks as HFCS.

2. Artificial Colors (e.g., Red 40, Yellow 5)

Why I Avoid Them: These colors are derived from petroleum and are often found in brightly colored beverages and snacks. They’ve been linked to hyperactivity in children and other health concerns. I avoid them to keep my body free from these unnecessary chemicals.

3. Artificial Sweeteners (e.g., Sucralose)

Why I Avoid Them: Sucralose and other artificial sweeteners have been connected to various health problems, including cancer. Despite being marketed as healthier alternatives to sugar, they can have detrimental effects on the body.

4. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

Why I Avoid It: Found mainly in citrus-flavored sodas, BVO has been linked to serious health issues like cancer and neurological problems. It’s on the verge of being outlawed, which is a positive step toward healthier food regulations. I avoid sodas in general, especially those containing BVO, to stay safe.

My Go-To Clean Drinks

Nooma Performance Energy Drinks

I recently found this brand and so glad that I did. They taste great, no BS ingredients and I love that they contain Lions Mane Mushroom Extract, which is great for brain health and focus. Nooma has a variety of great flavors too. My favorites are the Pineapple and Dragonfruit flavors. If you want to see more options for clean energy drinks, check out my video “4 Energy Drinks With Clean Ingredients“.


This fermented tea is not only refreshing but also packed with probiotics that are great for gut health. My goto brand is Kombucha 221BC but there are other good brands out there too.

POV of man holding a bottle of kombucha from the brand Kombucha 221BC.

Water: The best for hydration!

Of course, I can’t forget the OG of hydration…water!

POV of a man sitting at a table outside with Boxed Water cartoon on table.


In conclusion, making informed choices about what we put into our bodies can have a significant impact on our overall health and performance, especially when engaging in activities like skating. By opting for beverages free of harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, and brominated vegetable oil, we can enjoy our favorite activities without compromising our well-being.

I hope this guide helps you make better choices for your hydration needs. Remember, the best drinks are those that fuel your body with the right nutrients and keep you feeling great. Stay healthy, stay active, and most importantly, enjoy the ride!