- Provides healthy, sugar free energy for up to 5 hours with no jitters
- Backed by multiple published University studies and shown to burn up to 93% more bodyfat when exercising
- Clinically proven to burn 100 or more calories per can
- All Good Stuff- No preservatives, No Artificial Colors or Flavors, No High Fructose Corn Syrup, Low Sodium and Gluten Free
- Comes in 5 great tasting flavors (3 carbonated, 2 Non-Carbonated)
Know What You’re Drinking and Use with CAUTION
Unlike many other reviewers, I actually liked the taste – I thought that it was a smooth blend of green tea and berry flavor. However, there is just enough of that artificial tang at the end to tip you off that it’s sweetened with Splenda. But the absence of any fizz or overly harsh flavors made it easy to drink – which is good because it comes in full-size cans and leaves you feeling pretty full (i.e. just shy of bloated) afterward.
So is it any energy drink or a diet aid? It’s a little of both. Most of the crucial ingredients are lumped together into a single line item (i.e. their secret, proprietary mix), but taurine is listed and the caffeine content is obvious. I found that while Celsius could beat back an afternoon energy swoon, it didn’t really make me any more alert or focused – just instantly awake, albeit in semi-zombie form. This effect came on quickly and did last for a couple of hours at least.
Now for the bad news – the “crash” effect that a lot of these drinks try to pin on their competitors was overwhelming with Celsius. As a little bit of background, I’m a grown adult in good health and am very caffeine-tolerant. However, during my testing of this product, I made the mistake of drinking two cans about three hours apart and ended up unable avoid my first all-nighter since college. I was completely awake and pretty functional throughout, although I wouldn’t have operated any heavy machinery at the time. But by the morning, I was suffering headaches, muscle twitches and even a flutter in my chest. I’m completely sure that this was all temporary side effects of the outrageous amount of stimulants and not permanently harmful, but it was still enough to make me wary from that point on.
So, the bottom line is this – if you’re looking to occasionally avoid getting sleepy mid-afternoon at the office, or if you need to stay up late once in a while, Celsius may be an option for you to try. As a prolonged weight-loss regimen, I wouldn’t take on the potential health risks in order to grab at some too-good-to-be-true advertising come-on. There’s still only one way to lost weight and keep it off, and it ain’t fun and it ain’t quick, but it works: eat better, eat less and exercise more!
My Taste Buds Say NO MORE!
In regards to boosting your energy level, I could see a difference. I only drank half of a can, and after a couple hours I felt very fidgety, energetic and wide awake. However, my mouth keep watering like I was going to “up-chuck” and I kept burping up the flavor of the drink.
Even if I was guaranteed I would loose one pound a day by consuming one can daily, I would still not be able to force myself to drink it. Maybe the other flavors might be more appealing to my taste buds, but this flavor was not for me.
Doesn’t work if you don’t drink it…
The description boasts a blend of raspberry and acai that is “bittersweet”… Seems to me they left out the tartness of raspberry altogether and bitter is an appropriate word- unfortunately the combination of bitter and sweet equals a taste that is like a nibble of unripe fruit and a packet of sweet n’ low/saccharine. The taste is that foul and bitter. The other flavors of Celcius seem to have better reviews here on Amazon and those may be worth a try, but raspberry acai is just unfortunate. My first thought was that that they left the “ai” out of the “acai” (sorry to be crude, but really yucko tasting stuff)…
I would like to try the other flavors as they seem more promising but I think I will taste them in one can experiments from a local convenient store and make sure I like them before being left with 23 cans of doorstop.
The premise- 100 calories burned per can is quite appealing. This product is marketed as a supplement. It does contain caffeine, guarana, and taurine, and a few other ingredients in their special blend, MetaPlus.
Fingers crossed that one of the other flavors tastes better, as I could also use the 3-hour extended energy boost that the cans claim.
One sip was enough
But I was in for a surprise – it tasted awful. Imagine a can of carbonated soda that was opened and then sat out on a table for a day and you get a pretty good idea of what this tastes like. Very flat and simply not good. Both my husband and I tossed it after just one sip. Even if it burned double the calories it claims to burn, I highly doubt I could down the entire 12 oz or even just a third of it. Maybe if it were carbonated that would help but honestly: Save yourself the money, this is NOT good.
More an energy drink than a calorie burner IMO
Do the Hokey Pokey
It seems to work but weak on taste.
Celsius Raspberry Acai
Tastes like cough syrup from 1979.
As for the claim on the can “burn up to 100 calories and more” – how does one prove that? I certainly can’t tell you if it will help me burn 100 calories. There’s no way for me to prove or disprove that statement. By the same token – shouldn’t we slap that on black coffee as well? Certainly coffee ups your metabolism as well, right?
The can is really trying to sell itself; “NO Sugar” “No Aspartame” “NO Artificial Colors or Flavors”. Yah but that doesn’t mean it TASTES any good. It’s really like a light watered version of old corn syrup.
I would drink this over a period of a week or so to see if there is any difference in my weight, but wow, I can’t – I can’t get past that flavor…
Provides a nice energy boost
Taste-wise it is so-so. I have been drinking v8 vFusion Raspberry Acai flavor and have enjoyed the taste a lot. I was hoping that this would taste somewhat similar, but was a bit disappointed. I wasn’t able to differentiate between the tastes of raspberry, acai, but was able to identify the green tea. The taste which were decent. However, I wasn’t all that fond of the after-taste, which I was able to taste after each sip. I don’t like the taste of ginger, but could not taste it in this drink.
Energy-wise, I did find that I felt a bit more energized, and was able to make it through the rest of the day without feeling sleepy. I didn’t experience any crashes.
As this drink supposedly increases the metabolism rate, I weighed myself before drinking it and after. I switched off between this Peach Mango flavor and the Raspberry Acai every day. Without significantly changing my diet or exercise pattern, I did not notice any changes in weight.
For the energy-boost alone, I would consider this drink a decent performer. I would not purchase this for the taste or the claims of increase in metabolism rate.
LOTSA Caffeine, Easy to drink
Now as some others posted here on if it’s good for you. Well in reality, no it’s probably not good for you. It’s not a pure nutrient drink. It’s caffeine with a marketing added benefit of burning some calories. But keep in mind most of what we eat and drink is not good for you. Especially stuff with caffeine. Drink a few cans of this and expect a crash and or some shaking or your heart beating fast (palpitations).
However if you don’t like coffee, want a change or whatever if you drink this in the morning or need to be awake then a can or so of this (depending on how much caffeine you can handle) will keep you going fine. Abuse it (as with anything) and it’s not good.
OK product….not so sure of the ‘calorie burning’ claims, though
PROS – taste is ok, similar to other canned/bottled ice teas like Lipton (but not Snapple). The tea seems to almost be some kind of energy drink (without it explicitly saying it’s an energy drink – there is a warning about high caffeine sensitivity/content on the can). On the other hand, it does NOT contain so much caffeine (like a Red Bull) that your heart will race. Everyone that tried it said they felt more alert, but without the jittery/edgy feeling of so-called energy drinks, and without the crash a couple of hours later. Each can only has 10 calories and the ingredients seem relatively innocuous/not a lot of chemicals. Price per can works out similar to other energy-type drinks (though way more than soda). Non-Carbonated.
CONS–if you don’t like Acai berries’ taste, you will probably not like this tea – Acai has a somewhat tart aftertaste – the tea itself is also not terribly remarkable (compared to brands like Snapple and Arizona). The calorie burning claims are pretty hard to verify – maybe the drink is intended to boost your energy before a workout, so you can work out more effectively? Cans didn’t seem too sturdy – one got punctured in transit, and several got dented (probably more of an issue if you have it shipped; not sure if this is available in stores?).
Overall, an ok product, so you’ll have to weigh the pro’s and con’s I mentioned. If you like Acai taste, you might enjoy this more than most.
Forget about the calorie burning claims…
Eh… it’s ok. It isn’t the best energy drink flavor I’ve ever had, but it isn’t the worst by any stretch. The flavor I had was raspberry acai green tea. While raspberry isn’t one of my favorite flavors, I do love the taste of acai. Unfortunately this is a tart drink, so if you don’t like sour-ish things then you probably won’t like this. I know that the first time I tasted this I wasn’t that enamored of the flavor. Over time it grew on me, though.
Weight loss claims:
I can’t verify this as far as the calorie burning goes. So forget the calorie & metabolism claims. Obviously most people won’t drink this expecting it to cause them to lose weight without effort, but since I can’t prove that any calories burnt would be because of this drink (& not because of diet or exercise) I’m not going to believe the claims.
Energy wise though, this drink is a winner. I’ve drank quite a few cans of this & its given me a great supply of energy. I drank a can yesterday because I was going to be pulling a VERY late day (up for close to 24 hours) & I felt fantastic 10-20 minutes after I’d finished the drink. I’ve had NO jitters or heart flutters from this at all, which is a biggie for me when it comes to energy drinks. If it causes me to be jittery or have any sort of abnormal heart stuff, I won’t drink it on principle. (Seriously, why would I want to continue drinking something that made me feel like that?)
Overall, this is a decent product if you are looking at it from an energy drink perspective. It only has 10 calories for the entire can, plus it has a nice load of vitamins thrown into it. The only warning I’d give a perspective drinker (other than to not put a lot of weight on the metabolism claims) is that you should eat something before drinking this. Normally I don’t get an upset tum from drinking energy drinks on an empty stomach, but this one gave me a bit of an upset stomach until I ate something to settle it.
As long as you are looking at this from an energy drink perspective, you should be fine & be happy with the product. I don’t know that I’ll be buying this in bulk like I do some of my favorite tea drinks or my chocolate soy milk, but it is something that I plan on purchasing every once in a while in single cans.
Tastes Gingery – I like it!
It’s also low in calories – 10 per serving, and one can is one serving (I hate those drinks that have xx calories per serving, but a can is 1 1/2 or 2 servings!)
Disappointing taste and in general…just brew some green tea instead
Raspberry Acai flavor is not bad
I’m hooked…Love this stuff!!!
I would consider celsius a healthier and better tasting version of red bull or monster, etc. It was designed to be a healthy alternative to energy drinks loaded with sugar, with a twist of using a formula designed to help raise your metabolism and sustain energy for a few hours. It works!
Not the worst tasting in the bunch!
Now onto the flavor… once you open the can you are hit with a raspberry “cleaner” scent. That isn’t necessarily bad, just a bit off. It is a pleasant aroma, but not very appetizing to actually drink. I personally did not like it, but can drink it for it’s “supposed” claims. My husband on the other hand enjoyed the flavor; rather LOVED it. He drinks Gatorade, Vitamin Water etc etc… all the things that I detest flavor-wise. Instead of taking someone else’s review to heart, I think it would be a better idea for a prospective buyer to purchase one can in each of the available flavors and come to their own conclusion. It all boils down to personal preference and taste buds! For me it tasted a bit like a diet raspberry iced tea with a fake sweet aftertaste and fizzy feeling. After reading the label and ingredients, I discovered that it contained sucralose (zero-calorie sugar substitute artificial sweetener) and ginger extract (fizzy ginger ale taste/feeling).
I stopped after 1 big gulp because I noteiced that Celcius is not recommended for people that are caffeine sensitive, children under 12 or womem pregnant and nursing. I personally need to avoid all caffeine for health reasons. My husband felt very energetic throughout the day and didn’t crash. He was questioning whether it was a “placebo effect”; regardless he continues to drink Celcius because he likes the flavor and felt very energetic.
Highly recommend to those that have sampled the product line before making the hefty purchase.
Here is the break down of ingredient list:
1 serving per container
12 fl oz
Total Carbs 1g
Vitamin C 60mg
Niacin 20 mg
Vitamin B12 6 mcg
Biotin 300 mcg
Panthothenic Acid 10mg
Calcium 50 mg
Chromium 50 mcg
Sodium 6 mg
MetaPlus Proprietary Blend 1810 mg
Green Teal Leaf extract
Other Ingredients: Premium Brewed Green Tea Using Filtered Water, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Sucralose. Contains: 200 mg total caffeine per serving.
A Beverage That Burns Calories? Is it Too Good to be True?
The key difference between this and your average green tea beverage is the calorie- burning claim. The manufacturer claims that this beverage helps you burn about one- hundred calories per can and when you consider that there are only about ten calories in each serving, it would therefore mean that consuming this beverage will actually result in negative calories. This almost sounds too good to be true, but a quick examination of the ingredients makes it easier to understand why this is possible. This product contains added stimulants in the form of caffeine and taurine. These stimulants will give your metabolism a boost, and this extra metabolism will likely lead to added caloric loss. The manufacturer is cautious when it makes this claim, pointing out that results are best when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. I can see how this drink could contribute to some extra caloric expenditure, due to the added boost of energy, but like the manufacturer claims, it takes more than ingesting stimulants to lose weight. You still need to control your eating habits and exercise for maximum effect.
The added stimulants could discourage some people from trying this beverage, but another potential turn- off is the price. Purchasing a couple of cases of this product would be almost as expensive as buying an inexpensive piece of exercise equipment. Unless I was seriously into losing weight and wanted any little bit of help I could get, I am not so sure this product would be worth the money.
Still, when all things are considered, Celsius Raspberry Acai Green Tea is a good beverage that is worth trying. The nutrition is much better than that found in most beverages and the taste, while it does have an artificial sweetener finish, is pleasant nonetheless. I’m a little cautious about consuming anything that contains multiple stimulants and increases my heart rate, but this is still a good product; better than the vast majority of beverages on the market and certainly worth trying if you’re looking for a liquid fitness companion.
Relatively healthy caffeine delivery system
It contains some vitamins and minerals. A test at a university found that volunteers saw some improvements in body composition. It claims to burn 100 calories per can, and who can say it doesn’t?
It assures us that it works best (in its claims to increase muscle and lessen fat) with diet and exercise, and I’m sure that’s true. None of the guinea pigs in my house noticed any effects, positive or negative, though we drank it before exercise as instructed.
Here’s what it does for sure: it gives you a kick of caffeine. If you prefer a sweet, cold drink to coffee or tea, then this is probably better for you than colas. If you start or end your day with a doughnut and coffee to get the caffeine/sweets combo, then this could be a more wholesome choice. And if you believe in it enough, it could encourage you to work out harder or longer, because faith can do wonders, and there are benefits to increasing exercise.
It helps but you should know the facts.
It is ment to ASSIST you in losing weight while doing a healthy diet and exercise program, NOT make you lose weight.
I personally love the product, I found it helped me get through a good 1-2 hours of exercise easier and it makes my work days go by smoother.
Good tasting but nothing special
As for the other effects from the caffeine and caffeine-like additives (like taurine), I never got it. I do drink coffee and soda on a daily basis. A huge cup of coffee has a definite effect whereas this just gave me a little tiny bump. I found myself reading and re-reading the contents, trying to figure out what was going on, or not going on.
If you are a person who avoids coffee or other stimulants, this may do it for you. I’m thinking that the additives (which all source out as healthy) would be what attracts you and the taste is what would keep you. The middle part about losing weight or giving yourself a late afternoon buzz I can not attest to. The price is reasonable for energy drinks in this category. These are easily $2 a piece at the corner grocery. Buying them in bulk with subscribe and safe gives you a good bit of savings.
Weaning yourself off coffee and taking up Celsius is a strategic bargain. I do believe that bump is there, although I did not experience it. The other stuff makes it a wiser choice than roasted beans run through hot water, although roasted beans sure are fine 🙂
Not very good
At the end of the day about 90% of the people that tried it didn’t much care for it, for a variety of reasons.
Some didn’t like the taste and prefered regular green tea.
Some experienced a ‘crash’ effect after drinking it
Some had doubts about all the health claims surrounding it
I think those were the main three complaints with this drink. As I said before I was not impressed in the least. Maybe for someone out there this is the right product for him, but there seems to be so many other (better) options out there.
This one just wasn’t for me.
Effective Energy Drink, But The Cola Flavor Is Better!
While I can’t really confirm that this actually burns 100 Calories just by drinking a whole can, it certainly would not surprise me since this does pack a serious kick. I drink a can of Celsius about a half hour before my workouts and it does seem to give me more energy throughout the whole hour and half or so. On occasions where I don’t have time to grab a cup of my morning coffee, one of these does the job of waking me up just fine.
A note of caution: I do have a high caffeine tolerance (cultivated through years of drinking “too much” coffee) so while this is fine for me, my teenage son tried one before his workout and got “jittery”. Also, while not an issue about the drink, the can is made of very thin aluminum and is prone to ripping if you crush it, causing sharp edges that can (and did) cut fingers.
Overall, this is an effect energy drink but it isn’t as good tasting as the Cola flavor (which I even put it on automatic reorder). The Orange flavor is also better tasting.
While good tasting, leaves my tummy feeling sickly
Good, but Needs Improvement…
However, the sweetener used is disappointing (Stevia would be a healthier choice); and the use of Calcium Carbonate (“chalk”) is no good for the body either. But with improvement, this drink would be near perfect.
Although not referenced on the product page, here are the Supplement Facts:
Serving Size ………………… 12fl oz
Servings per Container ……….. 1
Calories ……………………. 10
Total Carbohydrates ………….. 1g
Sugar ………………………. 0g
Vitamin C …………………… 60mg
Riboflavin ………………….. 1.7mg
Niacin ……………………… 20mg
Vitamin B6 ………………….. 2mg
Vitamin B12 …………………. 6mcg
Biotin ……………………… 300mcg
Pantothenic Acid (as calcium d…) 10mg
Calcium (as calcium carbonate) … 50mg
Chromium (chelate) …………… 50mcg
Sodium ……………………… 6mg
MetaPlus Proprietary Blend ……. 1,810mg
Guarana extract (seed)
Green Tea Leaf Extract (standardized to 10% EGCG)
Caffeine (as caffeine anhyclrous
Ginger Extract (root)
Premium Brewed Green Tea (using filtered water), Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Sucralose
Contains 200mg of Caffeine per Serving.
Burn Baby Burn!
As a drink, I found Celsius to be decent. Not the best thing I’ve ever tasted but not bad. The tea flavor is there, but the raspberry acai flavor predominates. Even that isn’t overdone though. I wouldn’t say it is watery but it is a lighter beverage than say pure fruit juice. One thing I didn’t care for was the fact that it contains sucralose (Splenda). While I have not noticed any ill effects from consuming sucralose, others have. I’d rather not have artificially proceed sweeteners in my drinks if possible. That said, it doesn’t effect the taste in a negative manner, as you can see from the photos of my co-worker in the user submitted images above.
Celsius could be a good part of a diet/exercise program. It certainly is a stimulant. I felt it’s effect more strongly than with 5 Hour Energy, which I also like. At only 10 calories, it isn’t going to hurt in any event. It’s a little expensive but it is more than just a tea or soft drink so it that’s understandable. If you don’t mind consuming Splenda and can tolerate the stimulant ingredients, I would give it my qualified recommendation.