Celsius: Worth the Hype?

With 200mg of caffeine and a claim of many promising benefits, Celsius has taken the world by storm. But does Celsius really reach up to its claims? Let’s talk about what this product promises to its buyers. 

Standing apart from other competitors, such as Red Bull, Celsius provides healthy energy from vitamins and mineral, while also being free of sugar and preservatives. Celsius claims that its new, natural energy drink boosts metabolism, increases energy, burns fat and boosts endurance. 

Katharine Bales ’22 agrees with these claims and said, “I tried one yesterday and it changed my life.” 

Celsius’ ingredients include green tea, guarana, ginger root, chromium, taurine and caffeine. These ingredients are the backbone to Celsius’ claims. Green tea has been proven to be beneficial for weight loss by increasing the levels of hormones that signal fat cells to break down fat. Guarana and ginger root have been proven to increase the metabolic rate. Chromium is minerals found in supplements and foods. Taurine is a sulfur-containing amino acid which helps metabolize fats. Lastly, Celsius contains 200mg of caffeine—which is more than a cup of coffee, a 16oz monster energy drinks, a 8.3oz Red Bull or any generic soda. These ingredients confirm Celsius’ claims of high energy boosts and weight loss. 

Jenna Gidcomb ’22 explains that she first had a Celsius before her cycle class and had a good experience.  

“It definitely gave me energy,” she said. “I drink them before my volleyball games and before I work out.” 

  Not only does Celsius market well with the brand’s appealing can designs, but it also offers many different flavors and variants. The most popular flavors, which you might see in the hands of Ursuline students, are Sparkling Wild Berry, Sparking Kiwi Guava, Sparkling Strawberry Guava, Peach Vibe, Peach Mango, Sparkling Watermelon, Grapefruit Melon, Sparkling Orange, Sparking Fiji Apple Pear, Cola and Sparkling Grape. Grace Lamont, Emma Kenchel and Tess Bowers, all seniors at Ursuline, agree that watermelon is the best flavor. 

      Although Celsius receives mostly positive feedback on its flavors, some people are not fans of the taste. 

      “It tastes too sweet,” Lily Moayedi ’22 said. 

      Apart from the original flavors, Celsius has also come out different varieties. This includes Celsius Heat, which provides 100mg more of caffeine; Celsius BCAA, which helps rebuild and replenish after workout; Celsius Stevia, which is sweetened with Stevia and naturally caffeinated with green coffee bean extract and Celsius On-the-Go, which includes powder stick packets that are both compact and easy for traveling.   

      Breanne Tehan, proud supporter of Celsius and a senior at Ursuline, claims that Celsius makes her workouts better and doesn’t taste artificial like other energy drinks. Comparing Celsius On-the-Go to a “money bargain,” she explains that “it is cheaper because you can get 14 packets for $14.”  

     She also prefers the Celsius packets because “you can alter the taste by adding more water, it’s easy on the go and you don’t waste cans.”  

      Not only is Celsius a trend among Gen Z, but it also appeals to a different ranges of age groups. For example, even Gerald Louviere, father of Emma Louviere ’22, believes in the magic of Celsius.  

      “He drinks one before his daily walks and believes drinking it will burn his fat,” Emma said. 

      Even my own dad came up to me one day and said, “I really like those Celsius drink things! I got a lot of energy from them.”  

      According to an article in Med Alert help, caffeine consumptions statistics show that 85 percent of people in the U.S. consume at least one caffeinated drink a day. If more than half of Americans run on caffeine, why not switch to a healthier energy drink like Celsius? 

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