Whether you’re in for a long night at work or simply need to cram for the next batch of exams, chances are you have resorted to energy drinks to get you through the night. As it turns out, the benefits of temporary energy are outweighed by other negative aspects of energy drinks. Red Bull has proven to be one such drink mired in controversy.
Controversial Red Bull Facts:
1 Red Bull was the common link between three deaths in Sweden; it was officially discovered that three young people who’d all been drinking Red Bull later died of massive kidney failure that same night.
2 Red Bull is known to affect the calcium content of bones due to caffeine, leading to slight increased risk for osteoporosis.
3 Many argue Red Bull should carry warning labels for caffeine content. Caffeine intoxication is a growing problem among college students and can lead to death in rare cases.
4 Countries like France, Norway, and Denmark all initially banned the sale of Red Bull.
5 While a popular element in mixed drinks, studies say the caffeine inhibits awareness of inebriation and even makes drinkers feel more impulsive.
6 In 2009, German officials banned the sale of Red Bull in six German states after discovering traces of cocaine in the drink.
7 Red Bull’s ad team once again landed in hot water after a commercial aired suggesting members of the Titanic would have survived if they’d drunk Red Bull and grown wings.
8 In 2014, Austrians sued the Red Bull company over false advertising, saying the drink was ineffective in giving people energy.
9 One of Red Bull’s ingredients, taurine, is an amino acid exclusively found in animal protein primarily used for cat food.
10 It’s believed that Red Bull caused a fatal heart attack for 21-year-old Chloe Leach after drinking four cans and several vodka drinks also containing caffeine.
11 A 2007 survey showed that, out of 496 college students who were questioned, over half of them answered that they’d consumed at least one energy drink over the course of the past month. The study further analyzed, determining that 29% of those students also reported weekly caffeine crash episodes.
What’s Inside: Red Bull Energy Drinks
In this excellent educational video from Wired Magazine, they take us inside the can to discuss the ingredients and how they affect you. The part about Taurine was quite interesting!
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