This Is The Riskiest Beverage For Your Health And It’s Not Coke
With 5.612 billion cans of Red Bull sold worldwide, many health concerns have been raised about this energy drink. Hospitalization after consuming Red Bull is on the rise and studies have found that drinking just one, can have severe consequences on your health. Since 1987, Red Bull has been the most popular and highest selling energy drink in the world. Red Bull is marketed as vitalizing body and mind, while improving performance, concentration, speed, metabolism and endurance. With synthetic ingredients, artificial sweeteners, including aspartame, consuming Red Bull has negative effects on the human body.
Red Bull compares itself to a cup of coffee, but better. However, unlike, coffee, Red Bull uses synthetic caffeine. Synthetic caffeine doesn’t come from a plant. It’s created in a lab using the chemical synthesis urea (chemical compound found in urine). It’s more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream than natural caffeine, creating a speedier boost of energy that wears off rapidly. Your body then crashes, leaving you sluggish and craving another boost. Researchers have found that the caffeine in Red Bull stimulates the “fight or flight” hormone, Adrenaline, which increases your heart rate, creates heart palpitation, and a rise in blood pressure. A study by the American Heart Association revealed that energy drinks, including Red Bull, is associated with life-threatening arrhythmias (irregular heart beats) and according to the FDA’s data report, many people have been hospitalized after consuming Red Bull; some with life threatening symptoms.
Red Bull contains taurine, a free-form amino acid. Studies show that the body uses natural taurine during exercise and times of stress. However, the taurine in Red Bull is synthetic. According to scientists in Weill Cornell Medical College, it does not perform the same way. “…our research would suggest that instead of being a pick-me-up, the taurine actually would have more of a sedative effect on the brain.” Scientists went on to say that synthetic taurine seems to be playing a big role in the ‘crash’ people feel after having energy drinks. This may explain why some have reported feeling foggy, disoriented, dizzy, and lethargic, after drinking Red Bull.
Other dangerous ingredients in Red Bull are artificially sweeteners, including aspartame, which act like neurotransmitters in the brain. After “worrisome” findings, a FDA statistician stated that upon reviewing brain tumor data with aspartame usage he couldn’t recommend the approval of NutraSweet™. During a U.S. Congressional hearing a toxicologist for the FDA stated that aspartame was capable of producing brain tumors and questioned why it was still being sold. Artificial sweeteners are linked to cancer, seizures, depression, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis. Complaints have been reported to the FDA after consuming aspartame, some included headaches, vomiting, sleep problems, change in heart rate, and memory loss.
The promise of a quick boost may be tempting, but the health ramifications of drinking Red Bull are too risky. Use natural and healthy ways of increasing your energy instead. Your body will thank you for it.