I was at a convenience store recently and noticed there is a new kind of 5 Hour Energy out there. It's called 5 Hour Energy With Protein! Besides the protein, I also noticed the bottle is bigger too. It's been a while since I looked at 5 Hour Energy so in this review, I'll look at the ingredients in 5 Hour Energy With Protein, compare it to the original version and along the way, try to help you decide if it is right for you. Also see my review of the original 5 Hour Energy for more information.
5 Hour Energy With Protein Ingredients
Here is the Nutrition Facts label for 5 Hour Energy With Protein. A serving is 6 oz and that is what is contained in each bottle:
|Nutrient||Amount Per Serving (6 oz)||Percent Daily Value|
|Total carbohydrate||3 grams||<1% DV|
|Sugars||< 1 gram||N/A|
|Niacin (Niacinamide)||30 milligrams||150%|
|Folic acid||400 micrograms||100% DV|
|Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||40 milligrams||2000% DV|
|Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)||500 micrograms||8333% DV|
|Phosphorous||335 mg||34% DV|
|Sodium||15 milligrams||<1% DV|
|Potassium||10 milligrams||<1% DV|
|Energy (Blend Consisting of the following)||1870 milligrams||N/A|
|Taurine||amount not given||N/A|
|Choline bitartrate||amount not given||N/A|
|Malic acid||amount not given||N/A|
|N-acetyl-L tyrosine||amount not given||N/A|
|L-Phenylalanine||amount not given||N/A|
|Cicitoline||amount not given||N/A|
The label on the bottle also tells us that 5 Hour Energy With Protein also has these other ingredients too:
- NPRO, (a combination of whey protein isolate and potato protein isolate)
- Natural and artificial flavors
- Phosphoric acid
- Sodium bicarbonate
What Is NPRO?
The label indicates that “NPRO” is the name given to a proprietary blend of whey protein isolate and potato protein isolate. The NPRO ingredient a product of another company called Socius Ingredients LLC. Their website is SociusIngredients.com.
Since I've never heard of NPRO before, I reached out to the company and discovered that “NPRO” is short for “Energy-Protein.”
I was curious why potato protein was part of the product. I was told that they picked potato for a number of reasons including it's stability, satiety, amino acid profile and taste.
In my review the supplement called, IdealShape, I mentioned that this product also had a potato extract called “Slendesta” which is touted for weight loss. The potato protein in 5 Hour Energy is not the Slendesta potato extract. See my Ideal Shape review for more information.
What Are The Sweeteners?
According to the bottle I have, the sweeteners in the product are provided by natural and artificial flavors and sucralose (Splenda). I'm not sure what natural and artificial flavors are in the product. Most supplements – and foods – I see don't disclose information on artificial and natural flavors.
How Does It Compare to 5 Hour Energy?
Here is how 5 Hour Energy With Protein compares to regular and extra strength 5 Hour Energy. I tried to make this table as easy to understand as I could. I used berry flavor for the comparisons.
|5 Hour Energy With Protein||5 Hour Energy (Regular Strength)||Extra Strength 5 Hour Energy|
|Serving Size6 oz||Serving Size 1.93 oz||Serving Size 1.93 oz|
|Total carbohydrate 3 g (<1% DV)|
|Sugars < 1 g|
|Protein 21 grams|
|Niacinamide 30 mg (150% DV)||Niacinamide 30 mg (150% DV)||Niacinamide 40mg (200% DV)|
|Folic acid 400 mcg (100% DV)||Vitamin B6 40 mg (2000% DV)||Vitamin B6 40 mg (2000% DV)|
|Vitamin B6 40 mg (2000% DV)||Folic acid 400 mcg (100% DV)||Folic acid 400 mcg (100% DV)|
|Vitamin B12 500mcg (8333% DV)||Vitamin B12 500mcg (8333% DV)||Vitamin B12 500mcg (8333% DV)|
|Phosphorous 335 mg (34% DV)||Sodium 18 mg (<1% DV)||Sodium 18 mg (<1% DV)|
|Sodium 15 mg (<1% DV)||Energy Blend 1870 mg consisting of the following:||Energy Blend 2000 mg consisting of the following:|
|Potassium 10 mg (<1% DV)||1. Taurine||1. Taurine|
|Energy Blend 1870 mg consisting of the following:||2. Glucuronic acid||2. Glucuronic acid|
|1. Taurine||3. Malic acid||3. Malic acid|
|2. Glucuronic acid||4. N-acetyl-tyrosine||4. N-acetyl-tyrosine|
|3. Malic acid||5. L-phenylalanine||5. L-phenylalanine|
|4. N-acetyl-tyrosine||6. Caffeine 200 mg||6. Caffeine 230 mg|
|5. L-phenylalanine||7. Citicoline||7. Citicoline|
|6. Caffeine 200 mg||Other Ingredients found in product:||Other Ingredients found in product:|
|7. Citicoline||1. Purified water||1. Purified water|
|Other Ingredients found in product:||2. Natural and artificial flavors||2. Natural and artificial flavors|
|Water||3. Sucralose||3. Sucralose|
|NPRO (see above for more on NPRO)||4. Potassium sorbate||4. Potassium sorbate|
|Natural and artificial flavors||5. Sodium benzoate||5. Sodium benzoate|
|3. Phosphoric acid||EDTA||EDTA|
Looking over this table, a few things worth noting:
- 5 Hour Energy With Protein has 100 calories. The other versions are calorie free.
- The serving size is different. Remember, 5 Hour Energy With Protein is a bigger bottle.
- The protein version has the same amount of caffeine (200 mg) as regular 5 Hour Energy.
- The “Energy Blend” in the protein version is the same as regular 5 Hour Energy.
- The protein version has some phosphorous.
- Extra Strength 5 Hour Energy has 230 mg of caffeine.
How Much Protein Does It Have?
Each 6 oz bottle of 5 Hour Energy with Protein provides 21 grams of protein. The protein is provided by a combination of whey and potato isolates. This is the NPRO ingredient I mentioned above. Because it contains whey, it's quite possible 5 Hr Energy might
also have some branch chain amino acids (BCAAs). How much I do not know.
How Much Protein Do You Need?
For people who work out, it's all about the protein. That's likely why companies are starting to tout how much protein they have (and likely why 5 Hour Energy started adding protein too).
The amount of protein someone should be eating varies according to many things such as:
- Exercise status (beginner vs. non-beginner)
- Exercise intensity
- Exercise type (cardio vs. strength training)
- Body weight
So, to say to everybody “you should eat this much protein” just isn't possible.
That said, I don't believe most people who work out regularly are lacking in protein. I think they already get enough. While the RDA for protein is about 0.4 grams per pound, most studies show people who work out regularly need a little bit more than this. The range of protein that is often recommended is usually taken to be between 0.5 and 0.9 grams per pound. If you prefer the metric system, this is about 1.2-1.9 grams per kilogram.
For example, if we were conservative and used the low end of this range, then a 180 pound person then the math would look like this: 180 X 0.5= 90 grams of protein. Spread this amount out over the course of your day.
You may have heard people should eat “1 gram per pound” of protein. But this a cookie-cutter amount and doesn't take into consideration many factors such as those mentioned above. I also think it was “invented” to make the math easier. In other words, if your 180 pounds, eat 180 grams of protein. Again, this is an over-simplification of the complexities between exercise, health and protein needs.
All that said, I'd bet that most people reading this who did the math like we just did above and added up all the other things they were eating, would soon realize they are probably already getting enough protein.
How Many Calories?
The 5 Hour Energy With Protein provides 100 calories per 6 oz bottle. This is contrasted by zero calories in both regular and extra strength 5 Hour energy shots.
Who Makes 5 Hour Energy?
The company is called Living Essentials LLC and it is located at 38955 Hills Tech Drive. Farmington Hills, MI 48331. If you google this address, you will see a large building that says “Living Essentials,” so that is good.
Googling the address also reveals another company called Innovation Ventures, LLC. According to this Bloomberg article, this is the another name for the company.
The Better Business Bureau gives Living Essentials a rating of “A.” Do see the BBB file for updates and more information.
Does B12 Give You Energy?
Many energy drinks I see provide a lot of vitamin B12. As can be seen from the comparison table above, all versions of 5 Hr Energy are proving over 8000% of what nutrition experts say we need.
Why do energy drinks do this?
As I pointed out in my review of vitamin B12 and weight loss, there is a myth out there that vitamin B12 gives us energy. That's why it's in energy drinks. Truth be told, it will give us energy – if we are deficient in this nutrient. But, if we are not deficient, it doesn't do this. In fact, most people already have a couple of years worth of B12 stored in their body. While there are always exceptions, I don't think most healthy people are lacking in B12.
So, if vitamin B12 is not what gives people energy, what then is the active ingredient in 5 Hour Energy?
See the next section…
What's The Active Ingredient?
I have always maintained that 5 Hour Energy was just a caffeine supplement. As proof of this, notice in the table above that the Extra Strength version has 230 mg of caffeine while the regular 5 Hour Energy and Protein version have 200 mg. The extra caffeine is basically the only difference between the 3 versions of this energy shot.
When I wrote my original review of 5 Hour Energy, caffeine content was not mentioned on the bottles. Back then I had to estimate its content based on what reporters were saying it had.They now list caffeine content and I wonder if it had anything to do with the negative publicity sounding Monster Energy drink and how they switched to listing caffeine content? Either way, I'm glad the company now list the amount of caffeine.
For more a more in-depth review of caffeine labeling see this report from the Journal of Caffeine Research.
5 Hour Energy vs. Frog Fuel
Frog Fuel is another protein-infused energy supplement I looked at. Frog Fuel contains 10 grams of protein and 80 mg of caffeine per gel pack. See the Frog Fuel review for more on that supplement.
5 Hour Energy Side Effects
Energy drinks in general are not without controversy. There have been several deaths linked to their use. For more on this I will point you to these articles which go into greater depth on this topic:
- Voluntary and Mandatory Reports on 5 Hour Energy,. Monster Energy And Rock Star (FDA.gov PDF document)
Side effects are not just limited to 5 Hour Energy. For example, the FDA has a document on Red Bull side effects too.
Different people respond to caffeine differently so what doesn't effect one person might effect another. For those sensitive to caffeine, I don't feel energy drinks are appropriate.
Those with health issues including but not limited to heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney problems, diabetes, insomnia or psychological issues should avoid energy drinks. Likewise pregnant woman and those breastfeeding should also avoid energy drinks.
My original 5 Hour Energy review has additional information on side effects.
Do You Need It?
If we stick a pin in the whole debate of energy drinks and whether you need them, for now, I believe that the vast majority of people reading these words don't need the extra 21 grams of protein provided by 5 Hour Energy. If you are into healthy living and working out, the odds are pretty darn good you are already getting enough – if not more – protein than you need.Here is 5 Hour Energy With Protein on Amazon
What Do You Think?