Is boost good for you?

Have you ever wondered if that boost energy drink is actually good for you or not? Are all those claims on the can true, or just marketing jargon to help sell more cans of sugar water with some caffeine mixed in? Fear not! In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what goes into those cute little cans and whether they’re actually worth consuming.

The Origins of Boost

Let’s start at the beginning. What exactly is Boost anyway? Well, it turns out that Boost was created by Novartis Nutrition Corporation back in 1994. Originally designed as a supplement for people who were having trouble maintaining weight due to various health issues, such as cancer treatment or HIV/AIDS complications. In fact, many hospitals used it alongside their feeding tubes to provide extra nutrition and calories to patients.

Ingredients Galore!

Now let’s check out what goes into these things since they are marketed as an energy drink now. A typical 8 oz serving of Boost contains:

  • Water
  • Corn Syrup
  • Sugar (3 types)
  • Milk Protein Concentrate
  • Vegetable Oil (Canola High Oleic Sunflower Corn)
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Less than 0.5% – Vitamins & Minerals

It looks pretty harmless so far except when we see three entries appear one after another screaming ‘SUGAR’. Looks like someone loves sweetening their beverage…ehhem…health supplement a little too much.

Nutritional Value in Boost?

Okay okay, enough judging based on appearance only! So how nutritious is our dear ol’ friend; BOOST?
A standard serving provides:

Value Percentage (%)
Calories 240
Fat 9g
Carbohydrates 41g
Protein 10g
Sodium 170mg

The calories are pretty high, and that’s not even considering the added carbs/sugar. However, protein content is relatively good and can help increase satiety making sure you stay full for a while but does not outweigh such amounts of sugar in any way possible.
Imagine having to deal with hyperactivity during crunch time because of that energy drink.

Added Nutrition

Let’s zone in on the “less than 0.5% – Vitamins & Minerals” part listed on Boost label.
They advertise nutritional benefits include Vitamin D, Calcium Citrate Malate, Chromium Chloride among other vitamins commonly found in fortified cereals which beguiles true nutritionists out there. But guess what? The minimal amount they add emphasises their actual contribution towards a human’s diet-inadequate.
It’s essentially negligible given the volume entertained by one serving.

Let’s Talk about Sugar

Like we said earlier…sugar!
Boost provides plenty of carbohydrates from corn syrup (yup!), sugar AND glucose which cater to almost zero nutritive value albeit it contributes to extra fat storage over time if consumed regularly without accountability.

So unless you’re like me an elderly alien who came down to earth itching for some cavities and has no qualms whatsoever giving up humans years before getting his fill or much less dying waddling around at astronomical weights– or perhaps have Adonis DNA inherited genetically as Charlie Sheen once boasted(probably still does), I’d suggest pass up this brand altogether.

But hold your horseys…that doesn’t mean our adventure ends here!
There are times when boost could be useful…

What Boost is Actually Good For?

Well…if used effectively solely for its original purpose i.e its use as a supplement beverage post-surgery or when ill people can’t meet their daily nutritional demands is more than effective. That’s exactly what it was created for and tailored towards people who are unable to digest other types of food or just in need of a simple nutrient infusion without so much hassle.

However, if you’re looking for an energy boost that won’t leave your body feeling the wrath of artificial sweeteners and modified glucose we suggest having a cuppa tea!

Down with Energy Drinks!

Sometimes, coffee(sans the sugar overload) can be better at providing insane amounts of caffeine minus additives and extra calories; basically everything Boost boasts as beneficial to its consumers.
The downsides come majorly from artificial properties essence present within these beverages and not even vaguely measurable natural goodness/properties abound inducing health benefits.

Therefore, down with cans that promise incomprehensible potency among other impossible feats in hours they oughtn’t (when there hasn’t been any proof yet), let’s stick to good ol’ solution- water being often best pick one can make.

So next time you feel like reaching for that canned monstrosity boasting medicinal qualities(in your dreams!) , think twice about all those adverse long term effects…or yes why not…just go get some ice cold water instead! Stay hydrated my friends.


In conclusion folks this drink’s got such low-quality input trapped inside you might mistake it for Scott Rudin productions’ defamation lawsuit file . Trust me wouldn’t want chugging one before going on stage either or worse….a job interview.
Whether or not Boost is actually “good” for you honestly depends on how it is used/if used according to original purpose-but definitely avoid them altogether during day-to-day situations because consequences could arise–glucose fire anybody? Not pretty!
For an emergency refreshment though – sure thing but then again too much sugar.(cough)x3!Raining cavities in one part only kinda condition
So let’s all agree to stick with water or caffeine sans countless boosts of energy drink flames and stay healthy!
Peace out.

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