Energy drinks like Red Bull are very popular nowadays, but is Red Bull bad for you? With the hectic lifestyles of the present, most people could use an energy boost from time to time. So continue reading and find out whether Red Bull bad for you.
Red Bull (ingredients). A can of Red Bull contains 27 grams of Ggucose (sugar, about six teaspoons), caffeine (about 80mg), Niacin (another name for vitamin B3) and the amino acid taurine (for athletic performance). Red Bull also contains glucuronolactone, a substance that is said to increase the sense of well being, sodium citrate (to increase athletic performance), B vitamins and inositol (to aid the metabolism). Sugar free Red Bull is also available and contains the artificial sweetner aspartame.
Is Red Bull bad for you? You be the judge. The main ingredient in Red Bull is caffeine which is addictive and when taken in high doses can cause hypertension. The recommended daily dosage of caffeine is 200mg to 400mg per day (a can of Red Bull contains 27 grams of caffeine). Red Bull is considered a carbonated beverage; carbonated beverages may cause damage to the lining of your stomach.
Are there any immediate side effects to drinking Red Bull? Large amounts of Red Bull can cause flushing of the face and/or itching (due to the niacin that it contains). Large amounts of Red Bull will also make it difficult to sleep (due to the caffeine that it contains). Red Bull also contains a large amount of sugar and carbohydrates (empty calories) that will add up and should be avoided by people who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
Note: If you drink Red Bull once in a while without side effects it will most likely cause you no harm, just remember to drink responsibly.