How Bad Is Red Bull For Your Health?

You might be surprised to learn that energy drinks have been trending. With Bang, Monster, Red Bull, Four Loco, and C4 on the market, the options are plentiful. You can find nearly 1.8 million Instagram posts with #energydrink in the caption as of this writing. This number is alarming considering the many safety concerns surrounding energy drinks, as per the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Most energy drinks, according to EatingWell, include ingredients such as ginseng, B vitamins, taurine, and the heavy hitter, caffeine. These drinks also offer a variety of flavors. Red Bull is no stranger to targeting the taste buds, as there is an assortment of flavors to choose from, including coconut, watermelon, and kiwi apple.

However, Red Bull was not the first energy drink on the market. The New York Times Magazine reported that in 1962, Japan introduced the first energy drink called Lipovitan D. Today, Red Bull is certainly one of the most popular choices, controlling nearly 25% of the energy drink market (via Statista). Healthline reports that the drink might give you an energy boost, at least for a short period of time, but it may come at a price.

Drinking Red Bull can lead to chronic health conditions

Studies suggest that Red Bull can cause various unwanted and uncomfortable symptoms, as well as chronic medical conditions. Healthline reports that there have been multiple studies of healthy adults that suggest consuming just one 12-ounce can of Red Bull may result in raised blood pressure and elevated heart rate levels within 90 minutes. These effects can last up to 24 hours.

Drinking the occasional Red Bull is not likely to increase the risk of heart disease or serious heart issues in healthy adults. However, studies do show that when young people drink Red Bull excessively, they may develop an abnormal heart rhythm or heart attack, and in some cases, the consumption can be fatal (via Healthline).

Livestrong reports that drinking too many Red Bulls might also lead to weight gain, as the beverage typically contains 117 calories and 27 grams of sugar. You can also find glucose and sucrose in Red Bull drinks. According to WebMD, excessive sugar intake can increase the risk of developing chronic inflammation, hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic medical conditions. Furthermore, consuming too many sugary drinks puts you at risk for tooth decay. Whether you choose to drink Red Bull in moderation or more often, contact your doctor if you find yourself feeling "off" or unwell.