A single can of Red Bull can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke, whether you’re young or old. It is loaded with caffeine and makes the blood sticky, which can be a pre-cursor to stroke and other cardiovascular problems. In just one hour after consuming a can of Red Bull, your blood can become as abnormal as someone’s with cardiovascular disease.
Norway, Uruguay, and Denmark have already banned this energy drink, and it was also banned in France from 1996 to 2008. The Ministry of Commerce in Kuwait banned the consumption of Red Bull for children under 16 years of age after it caused a heart attack in a 16-year old and a 21-year old.
Summary of Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
In the last few years, energy drinks have become more popular than ever, and this product has been popping up in every supermarket and store. Energy drinks have overtaken bottled water brands, and they are the fastest-growing category of products in the beverage business.
Last year, about 3.5 billion cans of Red Bull were sold in 143 countries. People keep asking questions on the safety of Red Bull and other energy drinks.
The primary ingredients in energy drinks are caffeine and sugar, found as glucuronolactone, sucrose, and glucose. Energy drinks do provide a quick burst of energy. But this effect does not last for long, so drinking several cans in a row will certainly not turn you into a superhero, regardless of the marketing geniuses who try to convince you otherwise.
The primary ingredients in energy drinks are caffeine and sugar, found as glucuronolactone, sucrose, and glucose. Energy drinks do provide a quick burst of energy.
But this effect does not last for long, so drinking several cans in a row will certainly not turn you into a superhero, regardless of the marketing geniuses who try to convince you otherwise.
According to their official website, Red Bull provides the following benefits:
- -Improved performance
- -Increased concentration and reaction speed
- -Increased endurance
- -Increased metabolism
Energy drinks have the same effect as a cup of coffee or soda. But when the effect disappears, you will feel lethargic and soon crave another cup or can, in order to boost your energy again. As you can see, this can easily turn into a vicious cycle.
The company that has created Red Bull warns its consumers that they should not drink more than two cans of their product, but on Red Bull’s website there are no references to this fact.
There is just a statement saying that you should compare your consumption to the consumption of coffee, taking into consideration that a can of Red Bull equals a cup of brewed java.
But the problem with this recommendation is that no one actually knows the net effects of Red Bull. It’s true that coffee contains caffeine, but it does not contain artificial energy-boosting ingredients, including the two artificial sweeteners and other sugars that are in Red Bull.
Aspartame has multiple neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, fetal, and carcinogenic effects. It is most certainly not safe and in the book Sweet Deception you can read more about it.
Do energy drinks have health benefits?
With regards to nutrition, if you compare energy drinks to carbonated drinks like soda, soda most certainly doesn’t have any nutrients. Red Bull contains traces of B vitamins and taurine, an amino acid, but this doesn’t make up for the caffeine and sugar contained in Red Bull.
Caffeine can increase short term reaction speed, but no one can actually say how the combination of ingredients in Red Bull will affect the body.
People should be especially concerned about this, as these companies market their drinks toward young people under the age of 30. In addition to this, energy drinks are largely consumed by students who often drink a few cans at a time.
Who should avoid energy drinks?
As mentioned, children should not consume energy drinks. If you take into consideration their content, it would be wise to avoid these drinks if you are:
- Pregnant or lactating
- Sensitive to caffeine
- Have prolonged periods of anxiety or stress
- Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Have high blood pressure
- Have a predisposition to cardiovascular disease
- Have any blood clotting disorder