There are two kinds of people when it comes to this topic. People that love energy drinks, that just can’t live without it. and the people that hate it. That seriously dislike the taste, the smell and the look of every energy drink on the market…
Let’s start with whats actually in a basic can of Red bull. Red Bull contains taurine (from which it gets its name), glucuronolactone, sucrose, and glucose. Lets break it down and look at what these products exactly are…
Taurine, or 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid, is an organic acid widely distributed in animal tissues. It is a major constituent of bile and can be found in the large intestine and accounts for approximately 0.1% of total human body weight. Taurine has many fundamental biological roles such as conjugation of bile acids, antioxidation, osmoregulation, membrane stabilizationand modulation of calcium signaling. It is essential for cardiovascular function, and development and function of skeletal muscle, the retina and the central nervous system. Taurine is unusual among biological molecules in being a sulfonic acid, while the vast majority of biologically occurring acids contain the more weakly acidic carboxyl group. While taurine is sometimes called an amino acid, and indeed is an acid containing an amino group, it is not anamino acid in the usual biochemical meaning of the term, which refers to compounds containing both an amino and a carboxyl group.
A little too complicated? It means that Taurine is something in the intestines that you need to digest…
Glucuronolactone is a naturally occurring chemical that is an importantstructural component of nearly all connective tissues. Glucuronolactone is also found in many plant gums.
Sucrose is the organic compound commonly known as table sugar and sometimes called saccharose. A white, odorless, crystalline powder with a sweet taste, it is best known for its nutritional role. The molecule is a disaccharide composed of glucose and fructose with the molecular formula C12H22O11. About 150,000,000 tonnes are produced annually.
And to finish this…:
Glucose C6H12O6, also known as D-glucose, dextrose, or grape sugar is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) and an important carbohydrate in biology. Cells use it as the primary source of energy and a metabolic intermediate. Glucose is one of the main products of photosynthesis and starts cellular respiration.
Glucose exists in several different structures, but all of these structures can be divided into two families of mirror-images (stereoisomers). Only one set of these isomers exists in nature, those derived from the “right-handed form” of glucose, denoted D-glucose. D-glucose is often referred to as dextrose. The term dextrose is derived from dextrorotatory glucose. Solutions of dextrose rotate polarized light to the right. Starch and cellulose are polymers derived from the dehydration of D-glucose. The other stereoisomer, called L-glucose, is hardly ever found in nature.
What this all means? Red bull is very very very unhealthy and is mainly made from biological things.
And don’t think I don’t drink Red bull… Because I drink loads of it to stay on top of my game. But even though I drink it, I won’t say it’s healthy. Because it just isn’t.
Now, I’m not saying we should all stop drinking it. But please do limit yourself. Be like me. I drink two to three cans a day, and i refuse to drink more. Simply because after you’ve had more then three, your heart is gonna get trouble to keep in rhythm, and your stomach is going to hurt like hell.
So lets do that. Lets put ourself’s a limit. And don’t forget. We still have water and tea too.
And whatever you do, do not give children these drinks… A person under the age of 16 shouldn’t be drinking these drinks. Because it’s been proven that their bodies can’t take the ingredients in these drinks, and that it can lead to serious problems of the heart, and liver. So please, whatever you do, keep these drinks away from kids. They shouldn’t even know these drinks exist.