Ingredient Analysis of NOS Energy Drink

NOS Energy Drink Ingredients:

carbonated water

high fructose corn syrup

citric acid

sodium citrate

  • pH regulator

sodium hexametaphosphate (preservative)

  • Emulsifier
  • Increases risk for pancreatic cancer
  • Active ingredient in toothpaste
  • Production of glass and ceramic products
  • Skin irritant



  • Amino acid produced naturally in large intestine, and also synthesized
  • Reduces caffeine anxiety
  • Drug-like effects in large amounts

natural flavors


  • Gum from acacia tree
  • Medicine: reduces cholesterol and increase weight loss
  • Film-forming agent in face masks
  • Dietary fiber

potassium sorbate (preservative)

  • Prevents growth of mold, bacteria, and fungi
  • Wine stabilizer
  • Skin and eye irritant

glycerol ester of rosin

  • Ingredient stabilizer
  • No evidence of health risks


  • Sweetener
  • Vitamin-like substance
  • Promotes balance of several chemicals in the body
  • Used to treat mental and physical disorders
  • Generally safe; can worsen bipolar disorder


  • Sweetener

yellow 5

  • Pigment
  • Can cause allergic reactions and hyperactivity

calcium disodium edta (preservative)

  • Used to treat lead poisoning, radiation poisoning, and high calcium levels
  • Excessive amounts cause kidney damage, low calcium levels, and death

pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)

yellow 6

  • Pigment
  • Possible carcinogen
  • Can cause allergic reactions and hyperactivity


  • Flavoring ingredient
  • Stimulant (contains caffeine)
  • Possibly improves mental performance
  • Aids with weight loss

yanocobalamin (vitamin B12)



Considering that energy drinks (especially highly-formulated ones like NOS) have such a bad reputation in terms of ingredients and health, I have to say that I was not very surprised to learn what was in this particular drink. As it turns out, the three active ingredients in NOS which give it its desired effects are caffeine, guanine, and taurine. The former two act as stimulants, while the latter balances their effects. Aside from these, though, there is a significant amount of more hazardous substances that are present, such as possible carcinogens and irritants. Although I’m appalled at the presence of these chemicals, I can’t say that I’m surprised considering how many other manufactured foods contain similar ingredients. The most undesirable, in my opinion, was sodium hexametaphosphate, which, based on its uses outside of food and drink, seems like it shouldn’t be in a drink at all. Its health risks, including pancreatic cancer and possibly severe irritation, seem like they outweigh the chemical’s functionality as a preservative.

3 thoughts on “Ingredient Analysis of NOS Energy Drink

  • April 25, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    taurine.: Amino acid produced naturally in large intestine, and also synthesized
    Reduces caffeine anxiety
    Drug-like effects in large amounts — really “drug-like effects??” like what?? This is so suspicious. And why are they putting “drug like” substances in our food?

    I’d be interested to see you dig around and find more about this ingredient if you do this energy drink for your Consider the… Advocacy Essay.

  • February 16, 2020 at 7:44 am

    They forgot to even mention citric acid.
    I don’t think they put very much time into this


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