Review: No Fear Sugar Free

After reviewing the regular version of No Fear energy drink, we set our eyes on the sugar free variant, suitably named No Fear Sugar Free. Like the original flavor, this is a drink that is distributed by Pepsi.

No Fear Sugar Free

Featuring a back 16 oz. can, No Fear Sugar Free is highlighted by a blue color to denote its “diet” status. You’ll find the No Fear logo towards the top of the can along with the “skull with wings” logo. The phrase “Super Energy” can be found on a blue-colored banner above the blue letters marking this product as “Sugar Free”. Like the original flavor, a callout of typical energy drink supplements is found towards on the bottom: taurine, L-carnitine, and arginine.

The smell of the drink is pretty similar to No Fear Regular, somewhat tropical in nature. This beverage is also yellow/green in color.

The taste is where this drink differs with its Regular brethren. Enter the world of artificial sweeteners! In the case of No Fear Sugar Free, those would be both sucralose and acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), a common combination of sweeteners. And you know what? You can definitely take the fake! The flavor follows along the lines of the officially described “berry-passion fruit flavor,” but with the added “benefit” of a artificial sweetener aftertaste that is pretty pronounced. As longtime readers know, I’m not a huge fan of diet drinks, so I readily admit my bias in flavor. Those of you who are more open or used to diet beverages will probably find this drink right at home.

No Fear Sugar Free contains 154 mg. of caffeine, which breaks down to 9.6 mg/oz., slightly under the 10.9 mg/oz. found in No Fear Regular. This puts Sugar Free on par with Red Bull (9.64 mg/oz.) and under Monster (10.00 mg/oz.). Pepsi’s Amp Energy features 8.875 mg/oz., while Coke’s Full Throttle has 9.0 mg/oz.

The big savings with this drink is in calories. If you drink the entire can, it’s just 20 calories vs. the 260 you’d get with the regular version of No Fear. There’s also 200 mg of sodium and obviously 0 g of sugars (it does say “Sugar Free” on the label, remember?) When you take a look at the inclusion of nutritional supplements, this 16 oz. can contains 100 mg of guarana extract, 2000 mg of taurine, 200 mg of inositol, 100 mg of ginseng extract, 50 mg of L-carnitine, and 20 mg of arginine.

A full ingredient list is as follows:

No Fear Sugar Free
Carbonated water, citric acid, taurine, grape juice concentrate (color), sodium citrate, natural flavor, inositol, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), caramel color, fruit extract (color), sucralose, caffeine, monopotassium phosphate, acesulfame potassium, L-carnitine, grape seed extract, panax ginseng root extract, L-arginine hydrochloride, guarana seed extract, pyridoxine hydrochloride, soy protein isolate and rice flour, selenium complexed with amino acids and polypeptides, folic acid, cyanocobalamin

If you are watching your caloric consumption, No Fear Sugar Free is a strong contender, though it has a bitter aftertaste produced by the artificial sweeteners. Far more syrupy in flavor than No Fear Regular, the sour berry/grape taste tends to be a little different, which is nice. Still, if sugar free isn’t a concern, then go for the Regular version.

Full Disclosure: This beverage was provided compliments of No Fear