So, if what you are drinking is caffeine, petroleum by product and a big ol' placebo why not cut out the chemicals and placebo and go for some natural caffeine? Brew a huge jar of green tea or Yerba Mate at the beginning of the week and take it with you to work. Add a little honey and grey sea salt for minerals if you are concerned about that. You don't have to spend any time during the week messing with it, once it's brewed you can just take what you need for the day. Even a few ounces every hour or so should give you a nice, even energy. I also get a good energy rush from infusions of nettles and dandelions, which you can find in health food stores. Your product contains artificial flavors which are linked to allergies, indigestion, headaches and irritation of gastrointestinal tract among other things. Artificial flavors are made from petroleum. As for the sucrolose, the following text is taken from a WAPF sweeteners guide:
Of the few human studies which have been conducted, one focusing on diabetics using sucralose showed “a statistically significant increase in glycosylated hemoglobin (Hba1C), which is a marker of long-term blood glucose levels and is used to assess glycemic control in diabetic patients.”
The FDA itself has stated that “increases in glycosolation in hemoglobin imply lessening of control in diabetes.”74 Research conducted with rats, mice and rabbits has shown that sucralose consumption can cause shrinking of the thymus gland (up to 40 percent shrinkage), enlargement of the liver and kidneys, atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus, increased cecal weight, reduced bodily growth rate, decreased red blood cell count, hyperplasia of the pelvis, extension of gestational periods in pregnancy, decreased fetal body weights and placental weights, and diarrhea. According to the FDA’s “Final Rule” report on sucralose, it was considered to be “weakly mutagenic in a mouse lymphoma mutation assay.”7
The reason for this host of side effects is not fully understood. Many detractors have raised concerns due to the fact that sucralose is a chlorinated molecule. Chlorinated molecules, which are used as the basis for pesticides such as DDT, tend to accumulate in body tissues. Johnson & Johnson maintains that sucralose passes through the digestive system without any absorption or metabolization, but the FDA’s own research has shown that 11 to 27 percent of sucralose is absorbed in humans, while the rest is excreted unchanged in the feces. Tests performed by the Japanese Food Sanitation Council have found that as much as 40 percent of ingested sucralose is absorbed. To further dispute the manufacturer’s claims, research indicates that about 20 to 30 percent of the absorbed sucralose is metabolized. Both the metabolites and unchanged absorbed sucralose are excreted in urine, but some absorbed sucralose has been found to concentrate in the liver, kidney and gastrointestinal tract.76
*Just say no man!!! Don't give companies that sell this junk your hard earned money!