XS Energy Drinks, Need To Know
Why has the formula of XS Energy Drinks changed recently?
XS Energy Drink is committed to providing you and your clients with a quality range of drinks that are not only refreshing, but taste great! Over the next few months you will notice changes to the vitamin and herbal blend within our XS™ Energy Drinks range. There has been a slight adjustment to the B vitamin and the herbal blend. XS Energy Drinks now contain 2 key essential herbs in higher doses than before. These two herbs known as Panax Ginseng (Korean ginseng) and Panax Quinquefolium (American ginseng) work together to offer an improved energy drink range, which supports mental performance and energy levels, so you can be at your best all day, every day.

How much sugar is in an XS drink?
There is less than 1/2 calorie (2 kilojoules) of sugar in an XS Energy Drink. Up to 8 calories in XS Energy Drinks are from amino acids and are protein calories that are used in your body’s natural metabolic process. Most energy drinks in the market today have over 100 calories from 27-30 grams of sugar (approximately 7 teaspoons of sugar), which is a simple carbohydrate. Most 375 mL non-diet soft drinks have 170 calories from 40 grams of sugar (approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar). Most 160 mL juice drinks have 80 calories from 20 grams of sugar (approximately 5 teaspoons of sugar).

What sweeteners do you use?
Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K) is a non-caloric and non-nutritive sweetener that is approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose. This means that the sweet taste is strong enough to give the flavour its punch without the sweetness lingering. Sucralose is a zero calorie sweetener that is actually made from sugar, so the taste is spot on. It has been approved by the regulatory agencies of more than 50 countries, including the United States (1998), Canada (1991), Australia and New Zealand. Today, sucralose is used to sweeten more than 400 foods and beverages.

What are adaptogenic herbs?
Adaptogenic herbs help to normalise body system functions, thus enhancing human performance. Adaptogenic herbs aid the body in managing stress. When your body stresses it pumps cortisol. Cortisol in the blood stream sends a message to your body that you need foods high in fat and sugar, also known as ‘comfort foods.’ Studies show that adaptogenic herbs suppress the production of cortisol and decrease the cravings some people have for comfort foods. Also, athletes will find that the speed of their recovery times increases after workouts using adaptogenic herbs, such as the blend found in XS Energy Drinks. The blend of herbs in XS Energy Drinks is very similar to the blend used by Russian Olympic Athletes to overcome stress from their workouts and radically reduce recovery times.

What herbs are in XS Energy Drinks?
XS Energy Drink contains the adaptogenic herbs Panax ginseng and Panax quinquefolium.

Why are B Vitamins used?
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 all belong to a group of vitamins known collectively as B Vitamins. These vitamins are essential for the breakdown of carbohydrates in the body to provide energy. They are also essential for the breakdown of fats and proteins, which aids the normal functioning of the nervous system.

Is it possible to overdose on B Vitamins?
No. B Vitamins are part of the group called “water soluble” vitamins. Excessive amounts of “water soluble” vitamins are merely excreted through the urine.

What is Taurine?
Taurine is an amino acid that helps maintain biochemical interactions involved in muscle contraction.

Why are colouring dyes used in the drink?
This is an important question, because there has been a lot of press about some chemicals that are dangerous and have been used in the past to add colour to food. None of those dangerous chemicals are used in XS. It is important not to confuse safe, everyday dyes used in countless food products with entirely different products that were also used to colour food products. This is analogous to believing that all wall paints should be avoided because some wall paints in the past contained the dangerous chemical, lead. XS uses two very popular and frequently used food colourings. The two food colours, both of which are permitted under the Australia/ New Zealand Food Standards Code, are Tartrazine (2mg or 8 parts per million) in the Citrus and Allura Red #40 (2.5mg or 10 parts per million) in the Cranberry. They are used to supplement the natural colours of the drinks. Extensive scientific studies have never discovered any negative side-effects from these dyes at these extremely low amounts. The reason XS contains these dyes is the same reason it contains flavourings. It’s great to take vitamins and adaptogenic herbs for your body and XS Energy has it in a form that appeals to most people in regards to taste, appearance and convenience.

Why does it say I should only drink one can per day?
XS Energy Drinks comply with the standard for formulated caffeinated beverages in the Australian/New Zealand Food Standards Code. This Code describes the type and quantity of ingredients that can be used as part of a recommended daily serving. Under the Code, a daily serving includes up to 10 micrograms of vitamin B12 which is double the level of B12 in competitor brands such as Red Bull or V. As each 250 ml can of Amway’s XS Energy Drink contains 10 micrograms of Vitamin B12, we recommend you drink no more than one can per day.

Can I consume XS Energy Drinks if I have high blood pressure?
If you are caffeine sensitive or your doctor advises you to avoid caffeine, Amway recommends that you should not use this drink as it can lead to hypertension.

Is the drink suitable for people with hypoglycaemia?
We use artificial sweeteners in our XS Energy Drinks instead of sugar. Many diabetics enjoy XS Energy Drinks, but if you have a medical condition, we recommend to consult with your doctor first.

Can I have XS Energy Drinks during pregnancy?
Pregnant women are not encouraged to consume drinks containing herbs as there are many unknowns about their possible long-term effects on a developing foetus. As a precaution, many health professionals recommend staying away from drinks such as XS Energy Drinks while pregnant.

Are XS Energy Drinks suitable for children?
The caffeine level in a can of Amway’s XS Energy Drink is similar to the level of caffeine in a 600ml bottle of Coke. However, the Australian/New Zealand Food Standards Code recommends that children under 13 years old should not drink formulated caffeinated beverages.