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    Jan 2006
    Orlando, Florida

    Vital 4U® - Liquid Energy®

    Manufacturer: Precise Nutrition International, Inc., Box 344, Rancho Mirage, California 92270

    Size: ½ fluid oz.

    Flavors: Columbian Coffee, Tropical Orange, Chocolate Cherry

    Available in Sugar Free: No

    Date of Review: April 13, 2007

    Price: $1.69

    Flavor Reviewed: Columbian Coffee

    Where Purchased: 7-11

    Website: http://www.vital4u.com/

    Serving Size –0.5 oz.
    Bottle Size – 0.5 oz
    Caffeine – UNKNOWN
    Calories – 27
    Proprietary Blend – None
    Other Supplements – 2000mg
    • Korean Ginseng
    • Taurine
    • Inositol
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin E
    • Vitamin B1
    • Vitamin B2
    • Vitamin B3 (niacin)
    • Vitamin B6
    • Vitamin B12

    Carbohydrates – 7 g
    (Sugar, 7 g)

    Taste Rating Scale is 1 (absolute shite) through 10 (tastes like happy)

    Taste: 4 – Awful. Tastes like a shot of espresso. Although, with there only being 0.5oz to drink you don’t really have to worry about how bad it tastes.

    After Taste: 7 – Yup, just like a shot of espresso; no milk, no cream, no sweetener, no Birkenstock tree hugger steaming milk over it for you…just cold, black, espresso.

    Effects Rating Scale is 1 (water) through 10 (check in to rehab NOW!)

    Energy Boost: 8 – Good boost for such a small serving. Going on 2 hours post shot and the buzz is still evident. The first half-hour had a noticeable boost in energy. However, the packaging is a bit deceptive. The thin tea-bag like package reads that the liquid is a “2000mg GINSENG Drink” and that it is “America’s Original Ginseng Drink”. However, a quick look at the ingredients shows that “Ginseng” comes after “Caffeine.” This means that there is actually more caffeine than Ginseng in the drink. Thus, at first glance the packaging identifies the liquid as containing 2000mg of Ginseng which, if true, would mean that there is MORE THAN 2000mg of caffeine in the 0.5oz shot. Ingesting 2000mg of caffeine in one 0.5oz shot would probably kill some people (no sarcasm here, someone who is even just a little bit intolerant to caffeine and/or just a tad bit caffeine sensitive could die by ingesting 2000mg of caffeine in one shot). Thus, the drink OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT contain that much caffeine. What we have here is another sample of clever marketing on the part of Precise Nutrition. The drink appears to be an “all natural, herbal energy drink” with 2000mg of Ginseng. When actually the drink likely contains a TOTAL OF 2000mg of “other ingredients”, which ingredients include Ginseng. However, the vast majority of energy boost comes from good 'ole caffeine NOT Korean Ginseng.

    Your Lesson For Today Is…..READ YOUR DAMN LABELS!!!!!!

    Side Effects/Crash: 2 – None.
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    Last edited by GoldenJonas; 4/13/2007 1:56pm at .


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