One of the worlds most popular soft drinks that apparently gives you wings. A company that has expanded over the past decade from simply a soft drink manufacturer to owning two formula one teams, hosting air races to owning an american soccer team. Many I’m sure use Red Bull or even its cheap ‘tesco’ alternative as a pick me up in the morning, afternoon or even pre workout. What I would like to break down are the chemicals and additives in Red Bull. Potentially look at their effects and if its worth it!
Taurine – An organic acid found predominately in the large intestine. Essential in cardiovascular function and development of skeletal muscle. May increase anxiety, nervousness and high sensitivities to noise. Banned in Norway, Denmark, Uruguay and France.
Caffeine – Acts as a central nervous stimulant. It is the worlds most widely used psychoactive drug with 90% of adults in America consuming caffeine daily. Consuming more than 250mg per day can lead to caffeinism which combines caffeine dependency’s with unpleasant physical and mental difficulties.
Glucoronolactone – Naturally occurring chemical found in nearly all connective tissue. Claimed to detoxify of the body.
Sucrose and Glucose – Each can contains nearly 27g. A total of 120g of sugar is the UK GDA for sugar. By consuming one can you are taking about 25% of your daily allowance.
Many rely on energy drinks to ‘perk’ them up when tired. As we can see from above Red Bull contains ingredients that can (in over consumption) produce some unpleasant side effects. Steer clear of such beverages and aim for these simple energy amplifiers:
- Consume protein for breakfast
- Avoid unnecessary sugar
- Drink at least 2ltrs of water per day
- Get adequate sleep, if hard take a 30 minute nap