Does Prime Hydration have caffeine? Full list of ingredients in a bottle of KSI and Logan Paul drink

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Prime Energy has an age limit of 18 plus and is not suitable

Prime is one of the most popular drinks brands currently on the market.

Launched by YouTube stars and former boxing rivals Logan Paul and KSI in 2022, the drinks have proved to be hugely popular over the last 12 months. Prime comes in a range of flavours including lemon and lime, ice pop and even limited editions.

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It also comes in two varities in the form of Prime Hydration and Prime Energy. The latter is caffeinated and is not suitable for children - however concerns have been raised that the caffeine warning is not displayed clearly enough.

Dr Prabirendra Chatterjee, a lecturer in marketing at Cardiff University, told BBC that it should feature prominently on the front of the can. He said: "You need to specifically mention that this contains some dose of caffeine and clearly mention that this is not suitable for children, some adults with medical conditions and pregnant women.

"This information must be placed at the front in a very prominent manner. You just don't put this on the back along with other information like calories, nutrition and all that. For any energy drink you need to mention that it contains caffeine, and help the consumer from differentiating one product to another."

Logan Paul and KSI have previously discussed their hopes of making Prime the most popular drink in the world and are aiming to “rival some of the biggest companies on Earth” with their new drink, including “Pepsi, Coke, Gatorade, and Powerade.” The YouTubers revealed that their biggest goals for their drink are taste and hydration.

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But what exactly is in Prime and does it contain caffeine? Here is all you need to know:

What are the ingredients in Prime Hydration?

Coconut water is a key ingredient in the popular energy drink and also contains tree nuts, but is free from cereals. But what else is in Prime?

The popular drink Prime has been flying off the shelvesThe popular drink Prime has been flying off the shelves
The popular drink Prime has been flying off the shelves

On Metro Market, the ingredients list for Prime Orange is as follows:

  • Filtered Water
  • Coconut Water from Concentrate
  • Citric Acid
  • Dipotassium Phosphate
  • Tri Magnesium Citrate
  • Natural Flavor
  • Sucralose
  • Beta Carotene for Color
  • L-Isoleucine
  • L-Leucine
  • L-Valine
  • D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin a)
  • Zinc Aspartate
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)
  • Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B-12)

Prime drinks are all gluten-free, vegan and soy-free. It is not kosher and on its website, the company advises: “While Prime products do not hold a formal Halal Certification; our products do not constitute any ingredients or manufacturing processes that would require such certification.”

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What is in Prime Energy?

According to the ingredients in Prime Energy are as follows:

  • Carbonated Filtered Water
  • Coconut Water From Concentrate
  • Citric Acid, Natural flavour
  • Calcium Lactate
  • Magnesium Citrate
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Caffeine
  • Sucralose
  • Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)
  • Sodium Benzoate (Preservative)
  • L-Theanine
  • Inositol
  • Glucuronolactone
  • Taurine
  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)
  • Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B-12)

Does Prime Hydration contain caffeine?

Energy drinks are often high in caffeine, for example a can of Red Bull contains around 146.7mg. The high caffeine content is one of the reasons that the sale of energy drinks are restricted to people aged 16 and above.

On its website, Prime explains that both the Prime Hydration drinks and the Prime Hydration + sticks are “caffeine-free”. Due to the lack of caffeine there is no age-restriction on the purchase of the popular beverage.

How much caffeine is there in Prime Energy?

A second variant of Prime is available - Prime Energy. It actually does contain caffeine unlike the Hydration version.

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There is an age limit of 18 and it contains 200mg of caffeine per can. Prime has warned on its website that Prime Energy is not suitable for children or pregnant people.

How does Prime Hydration compared to other energy drinks?

Full energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster contain a large amount of caffeine. A single can of Red Bull contains 146.7mg of caffeine, while a can of Monster has 160mg.

Red Bull has a sugar-free version which contains 32mg of caffeine per 100ml, which is similar to the caffeine in a cup of coffee. Monster Energy Zero Ultra and Zero Sugar both contain less than 20mg of caffeine per can.

A bottle of Prime Hydration also contains 20 calories. Monster Ultra has zero calories, while Red Bull sugar-free has 13 calories per can.

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