Red Bull, Real Bad!

Energy drinks. Catchy names, exaggerated claims. They’re bad news, especially for kids, not to mention teenagers, and now an Australian study claims Red Bull increases stroke-risk—as little as one can! Reuters reports:

One hour after they drank Red Bull, (their blood systems) were no longer normal. They were abnormal like we would expect in a patient with cardiovascular disease," Scott Willoughby, lead researcher from the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, told the Australian newspaper.

Red Bull Australia spokeswoman Linda Rychter said the report would be assessed by the company's head office in Austria.

"The study does not show effects which would go beyond that of drinking a cup of coffee. Therefore, the reported results were to be expected and lie within the normal physiological range," Rychter told Reuters.

Willoughby and his team tested the cardiovascular systems of 30 young adults one hour before and one hour after consuming one 250ml can of sugar-free Red Bull.

The results showed "normal people develop symptoms normally associated with cardiovascular disease" after consuming the drink, created in the 1980s by Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz based on a similar Thai energy drink.

Red Bull is banned in Norway, Uruguay and Denmark because of health risks listed on its cans, but the company last year sold 3.5 billion cans in 143 countries. One can contains 80 mg of caffeine, around the same as a normal cup of brewed coffee.

The only way I’d drink Red Bull is if it ACTUALLY gave you wings. Now, the bad news isn’t over yet. That’sFit passes along some research in General Dentistry, suggesting energy drinks damage teeth and gums. So, you want energy? Eat some fruit!

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ray - August 18, 2008 8:06 PM

does anyone anything about an energy tonic called "Xtra sharp". Iam curious if it has any effects like red bull.Red bull sounds rather questionable.

Steve - August 19, 2008 8:29 AM

I would compare the ingredient lists. Purely as a guess, I would say it is pretty much the same stuff you don't really need.

curious - August 20, 2008 2:07 PM

This news is disturbing. Did you know red bull and vodka was/is popular drink as well? I know someone <25 who had chest pain after consuming it. Talk about risky products! As far as energy, you've got plenty if you eat like a nutritarian http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/healthy-food-eat-for-health-a-nutritarian-is-different-than-a-vegetarian.html

Glen Corbin - October 6, 2010 4:16 PM

This just sounds like a bunch of fear mongering to me. The reality is that everything we consume, voluntarily or involunarily, through personal choice, or external forces has some component, which in abundance is 'bad' for us. When the things we consume are of our own choice, frequent, and accepted then we choose to overlook the ingredients and become absolutely oblivious and ignorant to the fact that it, too, has the same detrimental properties as anything else. Sure you won't consume a Red Bull, but you'll drink 5 cups of coffee a day. Sure you won't drink a Red Bull but you'll suck on smoke 12 times a day. And if it's not either of those, it's some other substitution. ALL things consumed, no matter how good or bad science claims them to be, have an effect on our health and well being. Who is to say that the outcome will be the same either way? All they can do is produce some probability as to what might happen - if i were you, i would be more worried about dying in a car crash. I mean, put life into perspective people. I drink Red Bull quite frequently and I love it. I drink it with alcohol, i drink it straight, hell i'd even sniff it if it came in the form of a nasal spray, but you can't demote me to a lower level for ignoring it's so called 'bad' ingredients because i don't let the fear of what might happen control my life. I do what i want. If you enjoy it - drink it.

Key Wilson - January 22, 2011 3:26 AM

I agree with Glen...

I have never been a fan of red bull, however after alot of reasearch, i found that it seems to be just like coffee... (unless theres a "hidden" element in it lol )

Drink too much, being excessive with these "Energy" drinks, will do damage to you like any other sweet or sweet drink, like coke etc...
Or even Fatty Foods.... And by combining all of the above in one excessively bad individual, you have yourself quite a dangerous chemical cocktail.


Its good for a treat, but not to live on....

nik - April 20, 2011 12:27 PM

there is no proof it hurts you ive been drinking red bull for 4 years and the only thing to me is it taste good it gives me energy without the terrible tase of 5 hour energy which litteraly has an aftertaste that is exactlly the same as vomit and coffe is to bitter and take to long with red bull its a drink that tastes good and gives you energy i drink red bull because it can give me something to drink with 5 hour energy it last two seconds of horrible red bull is 5 minutes of awesome

Tawsha - May 26, 2011 1:18 PM

I agree Glen-
Drink up, It's so many foods and drinks in the world today that is harmful and we still consume just as you said alcohol and cigarettes are bad for you and we still consume those. just as broccoli and other veggies causes gases and bloating we still consume those, Big deal keep drinking, You only live once. When it's your time to go it's your time to go.

FatDog - April 14, 2012 5:49 AM

Redbull is bad for your teeth and gums.
bad for your heart. It caused the little dangly thing in the top of my mouth to get swolen and bleed.

never again...

look after your self drink fruit juice or something natural

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