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jed
08-20-2005, 08:03 PM
Hey, i've heard alot of different things about energy drinks like Red Bull (the kind i've had before.) Are they in any way bad for you? I have one about once a week just cause I feel like it. Do they have the same affect that Pop does, like make you run out of breath faster when you run, cus im in football and if it does then I wont drink them anymore. Just want to know some facts, thanks all.

userName-pLump
08-20-2005, 08:12 PM
I don't know the facts off hand, but I know that stuff like that IS bad, I wouldn't advise using that sh*t

BG5150
08-20-2005, 08:34 PM
I don't know the facts off hand, but I know that stuff like that IS bad, I wouldn't advise using that sh*t
What's bad in it?

http://www.redbull.com/extras/ingredients.jsp

Some sugar in there, but otherwise nothing really that bad...

userName-pLump
08-20-2005, 08:53 PM
Like I said, I don't know the facts off hand, but I learned from my coach/health teacher to stay away from it.

If I remember correctly it raises your heart rate to give you energy

Griffin98
08-20-2005, 09:59 PM
They're about the equivalent of a Mars bar with added caffeine for energy. There's better ways to increase your energy.

jed
08-20-2005, 10:09 PM
They're about the equivalent of a Mars bar with added caffeine for energy. There's better ways to increase your energy.

like what? thanks for all the replies guys.

sharkall2003
08-20-2005, 10:42 PM
I was told they will dehydrate you, but if that's the case then just drink a little bit more water than usual and you will be just fine.

Sensei
08-20-2005, 10:50 PM
Sugar and caffeine with some aminos and vitamins thrown in to make it look like it's actually good for you.

Incidentally, Japan has had these kinds of drinks for decades...

Griffin98
08-20-2005, 11:11 PM
I didn't realize there was a sugar-free version. My biggest problem with them was the sugar content. Obviously, you should be trying to consume as little sugar as possible... with the exception of the post-workout meal. The caffeine is fine, even though there's only about a half cup of coffee in it. Don't drink them in place of water. Like Shark said, they'll dehydrate you.

Honestly, there's nothing great about them but one a week isn't going to kill you. I'd suggest you try the sugar-free version though to save your insulin levels from spiking.

jed
08-20-2005, 11:13 PM
i didnt realize there was a sugar free version, i wonder if it still tastes oh-so excellent. mmm crushed sweet tarts... but i am perfectly healthy, i dont have any problems with my heart or anything, so it probably wudnt do anything negative to me from what im hearing, but ill try the sugar free 1... is it cheaper? :)

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
08-21-2005, 12:05 AM
The sugar-free version contains aspartame...

Praetorian
08-21-2005, 02:40 AM
red bull is what keeps me alive during exam periods.

BG5150
08-21-2005, 10:00 AM
why not just use ephedra?

Griffin98
08-21-2005, 11:35 AM
A little bit of aspartame won't hurt you. Just don't live on the damn things.

Sensei
08-22-2005, 04:58 PM
why not just use ephedra?

...or drink (Diet) Mt. Dew?