Red Bull All Coked Up...

Red Bull might give you wings, but apparently it might also give you the frantic energy you need to build a barn at 2 o’clock in the morning. German authorities report finding trace of amounts of cocaine in Red Bull energy drinks. As a result, Red Bull is now banned in Germany. Official testing revealed 0.4 micrograms of booger sugar per liter of the drink. Experts say the dose was too small to do harm and Red Bulls insists the drink is harmless; the Associated Press reports.

Energy drinks are hardly harmless. They are high in caffeine and caffeine is a stimulant, which allows you to get by with less sleep, but lack of sleep promotes disease and premature aging. And recently, coffee was linked to shrinking breasts and even hallucinations. Eek!

Last year, an Australian study determined drinking Red Bull, as little as one can, can increase your risk of stroke. Even still, Red Bull managed to sell 3.5 billion cans in 143 countries in 2008.

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VitaminWater Gets Sued!

Quite frankly, I think energy drinks are stupid. And apparently so do consumer groups. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola, producers of VitaminWater, for making undeserving claims about their product, such as preventing chronic disease and supporting immune system function. CSPI points out that VitaminWater’s 33 grams of sugar in each bottle promotes obesity, diabetes and other health problems and the advertising is misleading; via Reuters.

Other “health” and energy drinks have also drawn heavy scrutiny. A couple years ago, a whacked out beverage called “cocaine” was pulled from stores and Red Bull, which has been linked to stroke risk, has been bashed for its dangerous caffeine load and marketing to children.

I’ve noticed that some of the unhealthiest looking people are the ones chugging down these drinks.

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