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You Asked: Red Bull Ingredients


Hi Fitsugar, I really love energy drinks especially Red Bull, but I have no clue what is really in it or how many calories it has. I was wondering if you could give me the calorie breakdown of Red Bull and Sugar Free Red Bull (yummm) so I will know if I need to kick my habit to the curb! Thanks.
— Red Bull Betty

Well, Red Bull Betty, I do not think you are alone in your Red Bull "addiction."

Let's start with the caloric content: one 8.3 ounce can of
regular Red Bull contains 110 calories and 27 grams of sugar (that is almost 2 tablespoons of sugar). Red Bull Sugar Free contains only 10 calories and is sweetened with aspartame.

Here's a little info from Wired on the key energy producing ingredients of Red Bull.

Taurine was originally isolated from bull bile in 1827 (hence the name of the drink), but fortunately it is now made synthetically. Taurine's actual effects are wide-ranging - it is an inhibitory neurotransmitter (in some cases acting as a mild sedative), an age-defying antioxidant, and has the potential to steady irregular heartbeats.

Glucuronolactone hardly anyone has looked into exactly what this stuff does, and most research on this ingredient was performed 50 years ago - seems a little dated, don't ya think? Rumor has it that this ingredient fights fatigue and increases well-being - but this could be the "bull" that give the drink its name.

Caffeine does increase concentration and reaction speed, as well as improve emotional state and boost metabolism. One can contains 80 mg of caffeine that is more than three times the caffeine that's in the same amount of Coke.

Niacin aka vitamin B-3, increases so-called good cholesterol (HDL) by preventing the formation of triglycerides, making it a terrific cholesterol drug. Unfortunately, there isn't enough niacin in a can of Red Bull to have this benefit. And it's not even pure enough to give you the mild head rush dubbed the "niacin flush."

Essentially, Red Bull is basically sugar water mixed with caffeine. I am not a fan of energy drinks and think we are all better off getting our caffeine from less processed sources like coffee (no more than 3 cups a day!) and tea since they contain antioxidants naturally and taste great without all that sugar!

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Muhammad15251485 Muhammad15251485 2 years
Is there anything related to swine/pork, an ingredient of Red Bull ?
Pamela2474894 Pamela2474894 4 years
To Anonymous who said the following:   ***and red bull has more niacin than most drinks.niacin is nicotinic acid is niacinamide is NICOTINE.***   REALLY???  You think the B vitamin Niacin is the same thing as nicotine???  Wow.  This is a perfect example of a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.  Not to mention a leap of logic that is beyond belief.  You really need to educate yourself.  They are NOT the same thing and the way they affect your body could not be more different.
drFly drFly 4 years
Dear Fitsugar.  Since you obviously have an aversion to Energy Drinks and seem to prefer coffee, I feel several facts need to be presented.  According to the Mayo clinic, a generic cup of coffee contains 95-200 mg of caffeine per cup.  That is an 8 oz cup, which hardly anyone drinks.  A standard coffee mug would hold 12 oz, and with an average of 150 mg / 8 oz, that is actually 225 mg of caffeine per cup of coffee (3 x more than a Red Bull).  Drinking your recommended 3 cups a day would total 675 mg of caffeine, which is more than the max of 500 mg / day that the Mayo clinic recommends.   On to sugar...   The sugar content of a Red Bull is 27 grams as you point out.  I recently measured the amount of sugar I put into my 12 oz coffee at 9.5 - 10g (one full teaspoon of sugar).   At 3 cups of coffee per day (which was my norm), I was ingesting 30g of sugar.   The equivalent of a single Red Bull.  Granted, some people do not use sugar for their coffee.  But being fair, Red Bull comes in Sugar - free.    One last thing I would like to point out is the 80% DRV (daily recommended value) of B12 and 250% DRV of B6 found in Red Bull.  Both implicated in energy.  Personally, a single Red Bull in the late morning or early afternoon provides me with as much, or more, alertness as the 3 cups of coffee I was drinking.  With the same amount of sugar,  8 x less caffeine, and more vitamin B than coffee, it seems this Energy Drink is not as bad as you make it out to be.  Let the readers be fully informed to make their own decisions.        
josephjgomez josephjgomez 6 years
since I try to monitor what i put into my body, i've tended to stay away from the majority of energy drinks. i found one that's all natural called efusjon. it actually tastes great. i used to get that wired feeling when i drank red bull and monster, but not with this one.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
What about if you drink it with abinsthe and vodka in a bullrush?? =D
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 8 years
My boyfriend kept insisting Taurine was from bull semen (ew!!). I told him that either way it was now synthetically produced so it doesn't matter.
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 8 years
"Sedative"...that may be why Red Bull and every other energy drink I have tried makes me sleepy. So does coffee. Good thing all of those are nasty to me. I really hate caffeine. It's a nasty drug.
améliore améliore 8 years
Wow, it really makes you cringe to see people downing those 24 oz Rock Stars of doom. That's gotta exceed the three cups of coffee recommendation...
ddene5713 ddene5713 8 years
AGE DEFYING!? ahhh. that is friggin amazing! :) even tho i'm only 21 i still worry about the aging process so woot. and i def knew the bull bile already... my coworker tried to convince me ages ago that it was bull urine. gross.
ddene5713 ddene5713 8 years
AGE DEFYING!? ahhh. that is friggin amazing! :) even tho i'm only 21 i still worry about the aging process so woot. and i def knew the bull bile already... my coworker tried to convince me ages ago that it was bull urine. gross.
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 8 years
Ugh.. I can't even stand the smell of Red Bull
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