Red Bull... Evil in a can?

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/04/2011 ( 31 moms have responded )

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The study cited was done in Australia, and says, “Even young healthy people develop symptoms normally associated with cardiovascular disease after drinking the caffeine drink. Researchers tested 30 young adults an hour before and after with sugar-free Red Bull. They say the results were striking.”

“One hour after they consumed the drink, their cardiovascular systems were no longer normal, and their blood became sticky, an indicator of blood clots.”[2]

http://www.racejournalonline.com/index.p...

My boyfriend drinks Monsters religiously. When he doesn't, he gets a headache. I made him tea and it didn't help. So wanting to be healthier and get him away from these drinks, I looked at the label and tried to figure out what was in it. Energy blend: 2500mg. Whoa. But there are two servings in this can so he is intaking 5000mg at a time! No wonder my tea didn't work, even being strong. Whilst I could not find anything horribly negative about Monsters (please post if you have something haha) I did find a shocking study on Red Bull.

I don't think it's fair there's not a warning label on the front of Red Bull due to the huge effects it has on a persons body. Also, now everytime I see someone buying a Red Bull I want to warn them... but the one I saw recently was an 18 year old girl with her friend. Do you think they'd care?
Do you?

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Lacye - posted on 06/04/2011

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Wow. Asking what I actually do care about is extremely rude. I care about life in general but I don't see the sense in worrying over every little thing that is going to kill me otherwise I would never leave the house. I want to enjoy my life rather than trying to figure out how to keep me alive longer.

Mrs. - posted on 06/04/2011

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Why not an espresso with some sugar in it instead? Less caffeine and blot clots. Seriously, cocaine is real pick me up too, but I guess it's not at Texaco ( at least not at the counter).

Nikki - posted on 06/05/2011

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Cigarettes cause blood clots, among other things. They come with warnings and people still smoke.

I do think that there should be warnings, I had no idea about this study and I love redbull, but knowing this I possibly will think twice and maybe choose a mother instead.

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√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/06/2011

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Seriously! :) I've got him down to 1 a day now and he spends quite a few hours drinking it too.. hoping that someday in the next year I can get him off of them completely. I don't think it's healthy but there's not a lot of evidence to support it.

Becky - posted on 06/06/2011

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Farts, I would think that much caffeine could definitely be responsible for causing an irregular heartbeat!

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Thanks Jenn, a great video. That's exactly the scary part of Red Bull is that they do now have evidence that it causes healthy people to get these aweful symptoms

My boyfriend about 6 months before we met had what they thought was a heart attack but couldn't find much traces of anything. The ambulance that arrived on the scene was the only one to pick up anything and it was an irregular heartbeat that is usually associated with heart attacks. Other than that, that was the only evidence and he went through other scans. I keep wondering if it was due to these energy drinks because he is one of them that would drink 2-3 a day. Yikes

I was also concerned about how much of an energy blend is in these drinks. 5000mg! To me, that just seems so unhealthy

Amanda - posted on 06/05/2011

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I wish all energy drinks, energy gums were ban in Canada! These things are disgusting and killing young adults.

Becky - posted on 06/04/2011

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I have never even tried any of those energy drinks and don't intend to. And I would most definitely not give them to my kids! I don't even give my kids gatoraid!

Jenny - posted on 06/04/2011

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I feel they have no redeeming qualities unless in Jagerbomb form. No, they are not suitable for children but my kids don't drink pop either.

Jodi - posted on 06/04/2011

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I think it should be illegal for minors to purchase. If an adult wants to drink it, like smoking and drinking alcohol, that's their choice, as long as there are warnings on the label, if they are stupid enough to ignore the dangers, then that is their problem. But there is no way that it should be legal for a minor.

My husband has kids as young as 5 or 6 coming up to purchase energy drinks. He actually refuses to sell it to them. He tells them to go and get their parents. More often than not, the parent says no way. Occasionally they shrug and say whatever the kid wants. But he outright refuses to sell to any kid directly. Everyone should, but they don't.......

Mel - posted on 06/04/2011

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BTW who are you now that you have changed your name lol? I dont recognise your pic

Mel - posted on 06/04/2011

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yeah but I think thats my bodys reaction to whats in it because I also get that kind of cramping with pulse drinks because of the guarana, or if I have more then 1 coffee per day

Mel - posted on 06/04/2011

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I try not to think too much about those sorts of things since I love my red bull I used to got 2 every saturday morning to help me manage work with a hangover and no sleep, they give me cramping but I put up with that. Did this for pregnancy as well before I found out, now Ive not had one in 2 yrs (pregnancy + breast feeding). I just love the taste of redbull plus it does help you get through the day

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/04/2011

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What do you care about then? I'm not trying to be rude, I'm just curious what you do spend time worrying about

Lacye - posted on 06/04/2011

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Well nobody is going to live forever. I'm not going to sit and worry about every little thing. Besides, it's not like I drink them all the time. So it really doesn't matter.

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Wow.. I guess warning labels would totally be useless for you then. I would never drink something I deliberately knew could give me a stroke and kill me.

Lacye - posted on 06/04/2011

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I don't really like espressos. For one thing, coffee messes with my stomach really badly. For another, I just don't like the taste. Like I said, if I need a pick me up, I'll just get an energy drink and go.

Lacye - posted on 06/04/2011

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I don't think children should have it but if I need a pick me up I will get a Monster or a Red Bull. No, it's not the healthiest thing in the world but it's not meant to be used everyday.

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But no other energy drink on the market has the side effects associated with Red Bulls. So whilst I agree that they contain high amounts of sugar, and other odd blends of obnoxious energy inducing substances........



Red Bull causes blood clots! That's not just a minor problem....... You really don't think that should be on the label?

Mrs. - posted on 06/04/2011

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I don't think it takes a genius to figure out energy drinks are full of obscene amounts of caffeine and sugar. All you have to do is read the label...that's the warning. If you choose to ignore or not educate yourself about what you are consuming then you might blame the people who make it...but if you do and you still drink it - no one to blame but yourself.

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Wow........ I think with such bad side effects there should be an 18 or older required age limit in order to purchase, proof of ID needed. I think the label should read INCREASES CHANCES OF BLOOD CLOTS...... I mean think about what our products would look like if they actually spoke the truth? Lol
Increases Risk For Skin Cancer, Will Give You Heartburn, Makes You Hungry, We Have No Idea Never Been Tested On Humans but here's the list of crap in our product and what each item usually does....... so you can decide.

I feel like we are the first generation to need a medical degree in order to be healthy....... I hate it.

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Never trusted the stuff and certainly don't like the taste. In Ireland Vodka and Red Bull is rather popular - can you imagine what that does to your system?! Once, when I was working in a bar, a father ordered a can for his five-year-old son. People are stupid, so maybe a warning label wouldn't be such a bad idea.

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