Since childhood, we have been drinking a number of energy drinks and I remember that I would particularly pester my dad to buy that bottle of energy drink after a new advertisement telecasted. Despite trying out a number of health drinks throughout my growing years, I remember that my early childhood health drink was largely milked with two scoops of Complan daily which later shuffled between Horlicks and Bournvita; although I also remember trying out other drinks like Boost or Maltova. It still seems to be a problem these days owing to numerous brands coming up with their own health drinks and everyone claims to be the best for growth, development, and energy. It is a rat race among health drinks and we, the general consumers are in a fix. We don’t know which one to choose. All the brands claim to boost better health, high energy, optimum development, more strength, and fitness. At times they also claim that with all the fortified vitamins and minerals in them, they act as a meal replacement.
Below we have listed down some popular health drinks available in the Indian market and compared their carbohydrate, fat and sugar value. We have picked up the top four health drinks Complan, Horlicks, Bournvita and Protinex.
Milk protein – 18 g
Fat – 11 g
Carbohydrate – 62 g of which sucrose is 27 g.
Protein – 7 g
Fat – 2 g;
Carbohydrate - 84 g of which sugar is 70.3 g
Fat – 2 g
Carbohydrate - 79.2 g of which sugar is 13.5 g.
Protein – 32 g
Fat – 0.5 g
Carbohydrate - 54.5 g of which sugar is 32 g.
All these health drinks are majorly composed of carbohydrates that break down very easily and provide energy to our body. Of all the above-mentioned drinks compared, Bournvita has the highest sugar content along with carbohydrates.
Horlicks contains the least sugar if compared with other health drinks and also has the fiber of grain that is stomach-friendly.
However, these energy drinks are mostly mixed with milk and consumed. They have sufficient amount of fortified nutrition in them that compensates for the nutrition deficiency, not completely though. All health drinks are usually filled with a lot of carbohydrates in them which convert themselves into glucose. Excess sugar will increase blood sugar levels creating long-term hazards like diabetes. It also contributes to heart problems, weight gain, and other life-threatening situations.
After a research on some of the top health drinks consumed by Indians, Horlicks seems to be the healthiest by its nutritional value and low sugar content.