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Energy drinks: Is there a healthy choice?

By Rachel Leigh

People never seem to get enough sleep causing them to find different ways to feel energized; there's coffee, soft drinks, caffeine pills. Then, there's the ever popular energy drink. But do you ever look at the label to see what you're really consuming?

Being a super woman was leaving Janice Haley drained. "Before I had the baby, I didn't drink any caffeine, and then afterwards, I was so exhausted that I started drinking coffee and that just didn't do it for me."

That's when she and husband, Steve, decided to come up with an alternative. "We saw this trend in society. One concern about obesity, the second one, people looking for healthier for you beverages, and this tremendous need for energy. So we decided if we could come up with a great tasting beverage that burned calories and tasted great and gave you energy, than it would be something that people wanted."

International headquartered in Delray Beach, Celsius is an energy drink that offers something Rockstar, Red Bull and Full Throttle lack. "It has things like green tea with EGCG, ginger, guarana, B vitamins and vitamin C, calcium and chromium."

And it leaves a full things out. "It has no sugar, no carbs, no chemical preservatives and no high fructose corn."

The natural ingredients combine give you a sustain increase in energy versus a spike and crash. And clinical studies show it raises your metabolism 12 to 14 precent over a three to four hour period meaning you can burn more than 100 additional calories by drinking one bottle.

We interrupted a few shoppers and asked them to try a sample.

Elaine says, "It has a zing to it."

Buddy Spahn says, "It's refreshing."

Michele Jordan asks, "I run. Is it ok to drink before I run in the morning?"

Janice replies, "A lot of people will drink it before they run. Just remember to drink extra water because when it accelerates your metabolism, you'll be burning more calories than normal so drink a little bit extra water, and it'll be great before a run."

To find out more information on those clinical studies performed, log onto Celsius.com.

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