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Different flavors of Celsius energy drink

Celsius Energy Drink is a brand of energy drink made by Celsius Holdings in the United States. Celsius drinks are available in 12 fl.oz cans or powder sachets, with the cans containing 200-300mg of caffeine each and the powder sachets containing 200mg of caffeine per serve. 

Celsius originals energy drink flavors
Some of the Celsius "Originals" range of energy drinks

Celsius drink products

Celsius drinks come in both ready-to-drink cans and also in powder form, sold in sachets. 

The company further breaks down their ready-to-drink range into the following 3 categories:

• "Originals" (200mg caffeine per can)

• "Naturals" (200mg caffeine per can)

• "Celsius Heat" (300mg caffeine per can)

All of these categories come in 12 fl.oz cans and several different flavors. 

Celsius on-the-go (powders) come in 4 different flavors and each sachet contains 5.9g of powder and 200mg of caffeine. 

Celsius drinks ingredients

Each 12 fl.oz can of Celsius "Originals" energy drinks contain:

• 10 calories per can

• 60mg of Vitamin C

• 1.7mg of Riboflavin (artificial vitamin B2)

• 20mg of Niacinamide

• 2mg of Pyridoxine hydrochloride (artificial vitamin B6)

• 6mcg of Cyanocobalamin (artificial vitamin B12)

• 300mcg of Biotin

• 10mg of D-pantothenate (artificial)

• 50mcg of Chromium

• 1.81g of "Metaplus Proprietary Blend" (which includes 200mg of caffeine and 1.61g of other ingredients)

The nutrition label on a can of Celsius drink
Celsius "Originals" energy drink nutrition information.

Other ingredients included in Celsius "Originals" energy drinks:

• Carbonated filtered water

• Citric acid

• Fruit and vegetable juice (for color)

• Sucralose (artificial sweetener)

• Natural flavor

For a comprehensive breakdown of all of the Celsius drink ingredients, check out my other post where I compare Celsius "Originals", "Naturals", "On-The-Go" and "Heat" all in one place. 

Celsius energy drink caffeine

All of the Celsius "Originals" and "Naturals" cans and "on-the-go" powder sachets contain 200mg of caffeine per serve, which is a lot. 

Celsius "Heat" contains a hefty 300mg of caffeine per can.

That's about as much as having 3 cups of Joe, so be forewarned. 

If you're sensitive to caffeine you might find that it blows your head off. 

Celsius drink flavors

Celsius Originals Flavors

• Orange

• Grape rush

• Watermelon

• Wild berry

• Kiwi guava

• Cola

• Peach mango green tea

• Raspberry acai green tea

Celsius wild berry is part of their "originals" range of drinks
Celsius Wild berry from the "Originals" range.

Celsius Naturals Flavors

• Grapefruit

• Cucumber lime

• Orange pomegranate

• Watermelon berry

• Pineapple coconut

• Strawberries & cream

Celsius On-The-Go flavors

• Orange

• Berry

• Coconut

• Cranberry lemon

Celsius Burn Flavors

• Blueberry pomegranate

• Cherry lime

• Inferno punch

• Strawberry dragonfruit

• Tangerine grapefruit

• Apple jack'd

• Orangesicle

Is Celsius drink healthy?

Celsius drinks are certainly positioning themselves as healthy. Furthermore, they also definitely positioning the "Naturals" range as... natural. 

However, Celsius energy drink (including the "Naturals" range) do contain a bunch of artificial ingredients

The fact that Celsius is sugar-free is great, but there are many other great energy drinks out there that are also sugar-free.

Indeed, the ingredients of Celsius energy drink are typical of most energy drinks. 

While Celsius drinks are likely no "worse" for you than any other energy drink, it's also not clear that it is actually any healthier than any other sugar-free energy drink. 

The Celsius drink expiry date is printed on the bottom of the can.
The bottom of the Celsius can shows the expiry date of the drink.

Celsius drinks "metaplus" proprietary blend

Like many energy drinks, Celsius drinks have their own special "proprietary blend" of ingredients. 

Many brands trademark a proprietary blend so that they are the only ones that can say that they contain that particular blend. In truth, all of the ingredients within the blend already exist and are available to anyone to use. 

The energy drink brands (in this case Celsius) haven't invented anything new other than a fancy sounding name that they can use for marketing. 

However, the Celsius "MetaPlus" blend contains:

• 1.81 grams in total

• 200mg of caffeine

• Taurine (amount not specified)

• Guarana extract (amount not specified)

• Glucuronolactone (amount not specified)

• Ginger extract (amount not specified)

• Green tea leaf extract (amount not specified, but "standardized to 15% EGCG)

Celsius energy drinks contain MetaPlus blend.
Celsius really got some Mileage out of the university studies that "proved" all of their health claims. Just look at all of those claims... and asterisks!

Celsius drinks marketing

The Celsius drink cans are plastered with pictures and phrases associated with health, wellness and fitness. 

Celsius are definitely going after the health conscious demographic with their highly caffeinated beverages. 

They seem to be targeting everyone in the category from overweight women who want to get back into shape to muscle-bound gym freaks looking for that extra burst of energy to pump out another rep in the gym. 

It seems to be working. 

Celsius Holdings is listed on the Nasdaq (CELH), with reported revenue for 2017 of $36 million, more than double from the same period two years prior. 

Business is booming and it looks like their marketing of the drink as healthy is doing the trick.

A can of Celsius sparkling cola helps to generate large profits for Celsius holdings.
Celsius drinks produce healthy... profits for the shareholders.

University studies on Celsius Drinks

Celsius drinks commissioned 6 studies to "prove" the effectiveness of their products.

In actual fact, all they proved is that caffeine is a great ingredient to include in an energy drink.

Study #1

The first study compared the effect of drinking Diet Coke vs Celsius in a group of healthy people to measure the increase on metabolic rate after drinking the two drinks.

Celsius contains a lot more caffeine than Diet Coke.  

The study itself mentions that previous studies had already shown that caffeine increases metabolic rate in accordance with the dose.

In other words, the more caffeine you consume, the more your metabolic rate increases.


Celsius (and virtually every other energy drink) contain caffeine. If caffeine increases metabolic rate, then Celsius increases metabolic rate. 

...along with most other energy drinks. 

The study continues "these findings are not surprising considering that Celsius contains 4.4 times more caffeine than Diet Coke".

The study concludes "the effects of repeated, chronic ingestion of Celsius on body composition are unknown".

Did this study prove anything that we didn't already know?


We already knew that caffeine increases metabolic rate and the more caffeine that you have, the more your metabolic rate increases.

Study #2

The second study looked at the effect of drinking Celsius on resting energy expenditure (REE), specifically to argue that drinking Celsius helps you to lose weight without doing anything else.

The study found that consuming Celsius did increase the resting energy expenditure and the amount of calories burned in the 3 hours following consumption. 


Because Celsius contains caffeine. 

Just like almost all energy drinks.

The study continues, "further, single 100mg doses of caffeine have been shown to increase metabolic rate 3-4%". 

And, "Celsius Holdings provided funding for this project".

Study #3

A third study compared Celsius to a placebo over a 28 day period to measure the uplift in resting energy expenditure (REE), just like the 2nd study. 

I won't bore you with the details, but surprise, surprise, the study found that drinking Celsius does increase your resting energy expenditure.

...because it contains caffeine

These guys have been drinking the kool-aid. They mention the university studies as "evidence" of Celsius drink's fat-burning wonders. They also incorrectly mention that there isn't anything artificial in the ingredients, but seem a little unsure about whether it actually tastes good. 

Study #4

A fourth study looked at drinking Celsius before a gym workout on workout performance and compared Celsius with a non-caffeinated placebo. 

You guessed it, the caffeine drinkers performed better

Study #5

The fifth study looked at weight loss effects in overweight women over a 10 week period. 

Yep, the caffeine drinkers lost more weight than those that didn't drink caffeine. 

Study #6

The final study looked at endurance amongst inactive men, comparing Celsius to a placebo. 

Once again, the caffeine drinkers did better

The interesting thing in this last study was that if someone drank Celsius but didn't do any exercise there was no effect on their body composition after 10 weeks. This means that drinking Celsius and sitting on the couch won't help you to lose weight. 

Celsius drinks do not cause weight loss
Celsius even print "Celsius along does not produce weight loss" on their cans. Notice also that the FDA has not evaluated any of Celsius health claims. All of the "proof" about how great Celsius is comes from the university studies that Celsius themselves funded.

To lose weight you need to actually do exercise. It also appears that combining exercise with caffeine consumption can be beneficial for weight loss. 

All of these studies were commissioned and paid for by Celsius and all of these studies are now over 10 years old.

But that hasn't stopped Celsius from banging that drum ever since the studies were completed and getting maximum mileage from their health claims.

In the end, I think that all they proved is that caffeine is fantastic. 

However, Celsius is definitely not the only energy drink that contains caffeine

Does Celsius energy drink burn fat?

Caffeine helps to increase your resting energy expenditure. 

Celsius contains caffeine, so yes, Celsius does help to increase the rate at which you burn fat. 

Just like most energy drinks.

Does celsius energy drink accelerate metabolism?

Caffeine increases metabolic rate in proportion to the dose. 

Celsius contains caffeine, so yes, drinking Celsius does increase your metabolic rate. 

The same is also true for most other energy drinks too. 

I was a fan of Thomas DeLauer until I saw this video. I wonder if he bothered to read the university studies before agreeing to make this video for Celsius. 

Where to buy Celsius drinks

You can buy Celsius energy drink in lots of different retail outlets, including:

• Target

• 7-eleven


• The Vitamin Shoppe, and 

• Hi-health

Just taking a look at the places where you can buy Celsius energy drink shows the effectiveness of their marketing, branding and positioning as a healthy product.

Health stores (and health store customers) are snapping them up. I assume they also didn't read the university studies for themselves.

You can also buy Celsius drinks online and in these places:

• Amazon

• Ebay

• Supplements Geeks

• Nutra Health Supply

Including shipping you should expect to pay somewhere around $2 - $2.25 per can to get Celsius shipped to your door. 

Celsius energy drink price

I paid $26.99 for a mixed 12-pack of Celsius energy drink on Amazon.

That works out to be $2.25 per drink, which isn't the cheapest option in the wide world of energy drinks, but isn't the most expensive option either. 

I would say that Celsius Energy Drink is reasonably priced and is about the middle of the road in terms of price when compared to alternative products. 

However, even at $2.25 per drink it's still more than double the price of REIZE Energy Drink.

A can of Celsius drinks costs about $2.
A can of Celsius drink will run you about $2.

Other Celsius energy drink reviews

Generally speaking, people seem to have swallowed the marketing message about being healthy and helping you to burn fat hook, line and sinker. 

There are plenty of Youtube reviews online with people blindly referencing the studies as "evidence" of how great Celsius is. 

...But there are also a fair amount of unhappy customers too. 

To be fair, if you filter to show only 5-star reviews on Amazon you'll find a long list of good reviews. 

Alternatives to Celsius energy drink

Alternatives to Celsius energy drink
There's a whole world of great energy drinks out there. 

While Celsius energy drink come in a wide range of flavors, there is an entire world of amazing energy drink goodness out there just waiting to be explored. 

Why limit yourself to just one energy drink, even if they did pay for 6 university studies?

Wink, wink... (ahem)

Here are some other great brands and flavors that are similar to Celsius drinks:

• Red Bull energy drink

• Rockstar energy drink

• Monster Import energy drink

• XS energy drinks

Or, if you prefer the lightweight, versatile and lower cost energy drink powders, here are some brands that you might want to investigate:

• Zipfizz   (also checkout this review)

• Advocare Spark    (I reviewed this drink too)

• Gfuel

• REIZE Energy Drink (my all-time favorite)

All of the above products contain caffeine, thus, all of them will boost your metabolic rate and help you to burn more fat if you exercise. 

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

The final word on Celsius energy drink 

When I set out to create this Celsius drinks article I wanted to make it as objective and matter-of-fact as possible. 

But after reading the research papers for all six of the university studies and then seeing how Celsius and seemingly everyone on the internet have latched on to the idea that Celsius drinks are some kind of miracle fat-burning innovation really bothers me. 

All things considered, I like the drink and I think it tastes fine. Celsius also boasts a huge range of products and flavors which means that you're very likely to find something that you like. 

But let's be clear, the reason that Celsius helps to increase metabolism and burn fat is because it contains caffeine.

Just as many other energy drinks do.

I really dislike the way that Celsius have engineered things to try to appear to be some kind of miracle health drink, because I know that lots of unsuspecting people will blindly buy into it without actually reading the research papers themselves.

The Celsius health claims are based on the fact that Celsius drink contains caffeine
All of Celsius health claims are based on the proven health benefits of caffeine, not their special miracle "MetaPlus" blend.

Is Celsius just like any other energy drink?


Everyone wants an easy fix, so if a product comes along that promises to help you burn fat just by drinking it, then lots of people will buy a can in the hope of shedding a few pounds. 

The truth is that Celsius drinks are very similar to most other energy drinks on the market. The main difference between Celsius and other energy drinks is that Celsius contains a lot more caffeine than most energy drinks.

Indeed, Celsius is marketing and positioning is somewhere in between energy drink and pre-workout. 

Overall, I would say that Celsius is a pretty good drink, is reasonably priced and I like the fact that it's sugar-free. 

Negatives about Celsius drinks in my opinion are the super-high caffeine levels (I prefer a more gentle dose because it's easier to control) and the misleading marketing about how healthy they are.

The taste is also a little too subtle for my liking.

Celsius contains very similar ingredients to most energy drinks
Celsius drink contains ingredients typical of most energy drinks.

Better than Celsius drinks

If you are looking for a great energy drink that is also sugar-free, contains about the same number of calories as Celsius drink, but ships right to your door for less than half the price of Celsius, then you might want to take a look at REIZE Energy Drink. 

REIZE ships right to your door for about $1 per drink.

REIZE is the smarter choice if you're looking for a great alternative to Celsius drinks and you might even find that you prefer it to Celsius drinks. 


This post first appeared on REIZE, please read the originial post: here

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