The short answer to that is ‘NO’.
Wait! Are these energy drinks safe? Are you going to drink one? If yes, then stop and make time to read this article till the end.
Red Bull is an energy drink created and sold in 1987 by Austrian company Red Bull GmbH, when Austrian entrepreneur was inspired by an existing energy drink which was first sold in Thailand. Red Bull is the highest-selling energy drink in the world.
What Is Really in Red Bull? What is it made out of?
Red Bull Ingredients and Side Effects
  • One canister of energy drink contains 110 calories.
  • High sodium content (105 mg per one).
  • Carbonated water which may cause indigestion. And one of the biggest concerns about soda water is its effect on teeth enamel.
  • Caffeine (80 mg per one canister). Five canisters of Red Bull meet your daily requirement of caffeine.
  • High levels of glucose and sucrose (27 grams of sugar, which is about 108 calories).
  • Aspartame and sucralose, found in sugar free red bull. High consumption of those artificial sweeteners may cause neurotic diseases, diabetes, fetal abnormalities, intestinal disorders, and brain cancer.
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • Citric acid (E330) which gives the energy drink its sour taste, but it is bad for tooth enamel and for your stomach, if taken immoderately.
  • Artificial flavors and colors, including caramel dye.
  • Sodium Bicarbonate E500 (ii) may cause allergies, nausea and flatulence. - Magnesium Carbonate may cause side effects in some people, if used as a supplement or medicine, such as nausea, diarrhea and flatulence. - B Vitamins.
    * B3 Niacinamide: High intake of vitamin B3 may lead to some health problems to those who have allergies, gout, kidney and heart disease. It may also increase the risk of gastric ulcer disease.
    * B5 Calcium Pantothenate: It does not cause major problems, but calcium could prevent the absorption of vitamin B12.
    * B6 Pyridoxine (HCL) is safe.
    Note: When it is taken immoderately, it may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, headache, drowsiness and other side effects.
    * Vitamin B12 is safe.

    So does Red Bull energy drink really contain bull semen? Where does the urban myth come from? If you are a fan of energy drinks, you may have noticed before an ingredient by the name of taurine. What is it?
    Taurine is an amino acid that is widely distributed in animal tissues. It can be found in human tissue, our large intestine, and human breast milk. Taurine was first isolated from ox bile in 1827 by two German scientists, and thus its name is derived from the Latin ‘taurus,’ meaning ‘ox’ or ‘bull’.
    Taurine is also found in many medications and dietary supplement. A significant amount of taurine can help your skeletal muscles, cardiovascular function, the retina, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It has many other health benefits.
    On the other hand, high intake of taurine may have some negative side effects on your hydrogen balance, metabolism, and kidneys. It may also increase the risk of atrophy in children.
    The myth that taurine is derived from bull sperm is false and illogical. Bull sperm is not the source of taurine in your beverages. Taurine, like many other additives in today's foods, is synthesized and manufactured in a lab.
    Note: Red Bull energy drinks are banned in Norway, Denmark, Lithuania and India due to their negative side effects, as mentioned above, while France and Canada put 15-year ban on energy drink Red Bull and Monster.
    Bayan Tayeh
    Bayan works as a content writer and graphic designer. She is highly interested in the field of healthcare and health education. Her goal is to change the way people think about sticking to some dietary habits, and to encourage them consume real food, as possible, so we can build a healthier world.