Red Bull energy drink has quickly risen through the ranks of the tired and impatient. If you’re looking for a quick shot of energy (or, as the website repeatedly states “concentration”) and you’ve got at least one half of one hour for it to take effect, then Red Bull may be just the drink for you. But what is the truth about Red Bull? What is fact and what is fiction? As a supplement that many can not live without, there seems to be the beating drum of question surrounding this magical drink and it’s mysterious ingredients.
FACT FROM FICTION: INGREDIENTS
To begin, Red Bull is a synthetically produced drink; in other words, what you’re drinking is not produced naturally. Most of the ingredients in a Red Bull are produced by pharmaceutical companies, allowing uniformity.
However the ingredients also pass a number of the typical bars set from our society’s perception of standards. For example Red Bull is suitable for Vegetarians; the drink does not contain any animal products or substances derived from animals. Second, Red Bull has been certified Kosher by the appropriate organizations. Also Red Bull is certified Halal.
TRUTH BEFORE BEAUTY: HOW MUCH CAN YOU DRINK
Honestly, we all drink too much caffeine. Or many of us do. If you fall into that category, what I’m about to say does not allow you free reign to drink as you see fit. If I said the same to a coffee drinker, it would be no less true. Fact of the matter is, Red Bull has about as much caffeine as a cup of filtered coffee (“cup” being the relative word) So, for some, it may be fine to down a few pots of coffee each day; for others it would spell disaster. You really should know your own limits, resist temptation, and keep a lid on it; too much of even a good thing is never a good thing.
LIVE OFF BULL: DO I STILL NEED FLUID
Yes! Yes, Yes, Yes! There is no excuse for not drinking your 8-10 8oz glasses of water each day simply from the high you’ve gotten from your Red Bull. And Red Bull doesn’t pretend to be the answer for all your thirsty questions. In fact, they say point blank, “(Red Bull) has not been formulated to deliver re-hydration. Adequate fluid intake is critical during…physical performance.” Physical performance includes – Living Life. Don’t think for a second that just because you’re high off the spirits of a Red Bull, been given wings, that your obligations to your body and your hydration are lost. Don’t believe that for one second!
Red Bull cites the use of banned substances in sports and their participation with a group known as the NSF to help set benchmarks for dietary substances. Red Bull is “the first company to successfully complete all requirements of the NSF Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program.” Red Bull goes on to say that their landmark participation establishes new benchmarks in the industry. However, even though they’ve “completed” the program, it doesn’t say anything about Red Bull being certified by anyone in the United States. Just so everyone’s clear.
RED BULL SUGARFREE IS THE WAY TO BE:
Sugar Free Red Bull has only 10 calories; so, if you’re trying to lose some weight, I bet the 113 calories in a regular Red Bull times the 12 cans you may be prone to have on any “down day” (1356 calories) is a bit of a stretch. If you’re working out though or you only have one or two cans per day, then you’re probably alright. Apparently the Sugar Free variety is a bit of a downer though as it’s half-heartedly endorsed by Red Bull as merely “functional.”
Red Bull is for everyone (who can handle, sugar, caffeine, and isn’t prone to addiction) and is certified everywhere (or, passed certification, though is currently endorsed by no American sports franchise) and doesn’t have any adverse effects on anyone (except everyone just mentioned who cringe from the thought of either sugar addiction, overdose, or illegal substances in sports; egad!)
So drink up! Or don’t. Red Bull has got to be a legitimate product. Right? It’s produced in the homeland of the bodybuilder, turned actor, turned politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger; Austria. You know they never put any funny stuff in the water of the Governator…Right?