Earlier today, I saw the above image shared on facebook, and I had to
read the full text. After that, I decided to write this blogpost,
explaining why the text is wrong. Here's the main points of the text,
and I will tell why each of them is false. :-)
Claim: France & Denmark have banned it from the country...
Fact: Nope, most danish stores sell Red Bull. I don't know if they
sell it in France tho.
Claim: RED BULL was created to stimulate the brains in people who
are subjected to great physical force and in stress coma and never to be
consumed like an innocent drink or soda pop.
And: It was created by Dietrich Mateschitz, an industrialist of
Austrian origin who discovered the drink by chance. It happened during a
business trip to Hong Kong , when he was working at a factory that
Fact: Actually, Dietrich Mateschitz and Chaleo Yoovidhya started a
company together, called Red Bull GmbH. Chaleo Yoovidhya already owned
other companies, like one in Thailand that manufactured a drink called
Krating Daeng, which was introduced in Thailand the 1970's. Daeng means
red, and Krating is a bovien called a gaur. Dietrich was to adapt the
taste of Krating Daeng to suit westeners, and he did.
Claim: FRANCE and DENMARK have just prohibited it as a cocktail of
death, due to its vitamin components mixed with GLUCURONOLACTONE...
Fact: Actually, Red Bull used to be illegal in Denmark, but it had
NOTHING to do with clucuronolactone. However, taurine and added vitamins
in food products was illegal until 2009, which was the reason that Red
Bull was illegal to sell.
Claim: ... a highly-dangerous chemical, which was developed by the
United States Department of Defense during the sixties to stimulate the
moral of the troops based in VIETNAM, which acted like a hallucinogenic
drug that calmed the stress of the war. But their effects in the
organism were so devastating, that it was discontinued, because of the
high index of cases of migraines, cerebral tumors and diseases of the
liver that was evident in the soldiers who consumed it.
Fact: Glucuronolactone is naturally occurring in the human body, and
there is no research that supports the theory that glucuronolactone is
dangerous to humans. Apparently, when this myth started, it was rumored
that The British Medical Journal had an article about how
glucuronolactone caused brain tumors and damaged the liver. There was
never published an article about that.
Claim: 1. It is dangerous to take it if you do not engage in
physical exercise afterwards, since its energizing function accelerates
the heart rate and can cause a sudden attack.
Fact: The only time to be worried about higher than usual heart
rate, is when there is no cause for it or if the pulse is over 200 beats
per minute. When you drink Red Bull, you consume caffeine, which raises
your heart rate, but there is no need to exercise after consuming
Claim: 2. You run the risk of undergoing a cerebral hemorrhage,
because RED BULL contains components that dilute the blood so that the
heart utilizes less energy to pump the blood, and thus be able to
deliver physical force with less effort being exerted.
Fact: As far as the information online tells, there is no
"components that dilute the blood".
Claim: 3. It is prohibited to mix RED BULL with alcohol, because the
mixture turns the drink into a " Deadly Bomb " that attacks the liver
directly, causing the affected area never to regenerate anymore.
Fact: There is no evidence of that being true. Having said that,
pretty much anything you mix with alcohol and drink, is a potential
Claim: 4. One of the main components of RED BULL is the B12 vitamin,
used in medicine to recover patients who are in a coma ; from here the
hypertension and the state of excitement which is experienced after
taking it, as if you were in a drunken state.
Fact: A can of Red Bull contains 4.5 MICROGRAMS, that is 0.0045
milligrams, vitamin B12. Quoting wikipedia: "Vitamin B12 has extremely
low toxicity and even taking it in enormous doses appears not to be
harmful to healthy individuals."
Claim: 5. The regular consumption of RED BULL triggers off symptoms
in the form of a series of irreversible nervous and neuronal diseases.
Fact: Partly true! Yes, what a shocker, something they told you is
actually "true"... Daily intake of more than 300milligrams of caffeine,
over a long period of time, MIGHT produce these kinds of symptoms, due
to overstimulation of the nervous system.
FALSE CONCLUSION: It is a drink that should be prohibited in the entire
world as when it is mixed with alcohol it creates a TIME BOMB for the
human body, mainly between innocent adolescents and adults with little
experience. Forward this mail to Everyone and Let them know about this..
My conclusion: If you want to drink red bull, do that, but keep in mind
that the drink contains relatively high amounts of taurine and caffeine.
There is no real proof on what extreme doses of taurine does to the
body, but tests indicate that there might be a link between extreme
taurine intake (2 grams/day) and the introduction of psoriasis. I could
not find any reliable sources, telling me how much taurine is in a Red
As for caffeine, well, too much caffeine is bad for you, no doubt about
it. Caffeine could potentially kill you, but the estimated dose at which
50 percent of healthy people would die of caffeine poisoning, is 150 to
200 milligrams per kilogram of bodymass. Meaning that I would have to
drink between 44 and 59 cans of Red Bull to die. Not likely at all!
Now, share THIS post, so people might get a bit more educated. And you
will have to excuse me, while I go get myself a Red Bull! :-P