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This is a reasonable concern, given that many energy drink products have some questionable ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut does Red Bull contain ingredients that are shown to be harmful to human health in clinical studies? What’s actually in a Red Bull? Are the sugar free versions healthier? And is it even possible to have a healthy energy drink?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review every ingredient in Red Bull’s original formulation and Red Bull Sugarfree. We’ll highlight some questionable additive ingredients, explain which of the two formulations we consider to be healthier and give our take on whether healthy energy drinks are possible.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eRed Bull Original Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Red_Bull_Original_Ingredients_Optimized_19883495-c42b-447d-b896-bbf96516ae0b.png?v=1670118115\" alt=\"Red Bull ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCaffeine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the core active ingredient in Red Bull, as would be expected for an energy drink. There is 80 milligrams (mg) of caffeine in a regular-sized Red Bull, which is a safe and effective dose. This is slightly less caffeine than in one cup of coffee.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSucrose\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eglucose\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are the two types of sugar in Red Bull, and are the main reasons we consider this energy drink to be unhealthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2019 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31246081\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that excess added sugar consumption is associated with increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and more. The vast majority of Americans already consume too much added sugar from their diet, which is why we recommend avoiding added sugar entirely in energy drinks.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIsolated, processed sugar ingredients tend to have a more unfavorable impact on blood sugar levels than whole foods which are high in sugar. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/2394949\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that sucrose causes higher blood sugar readings than honey.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCitric acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a preservative and flavor enhancer that’s typically derived from a fungus called Aspergillus niger and which appears to cause whole-body inflammatory reactions in a small subset of individuals as well documented in our review of another energy drink brand called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-celsius-good-for-you\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCelsius\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eNatural and artificial flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are what give Red Bull its taste, and artificial flavoring agents were shown in a 2018 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28832835\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to be toxic to animals.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eColors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is also listed as an ingredient, but it’s not described whether the colors are naturally-derived or synthetic. We urge Red Bull to clarify this, because artificial food coloring agents have \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23026007\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003edocumented\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e toxicity concerns. We have never seen this ingredient described this way in any of our hundreds of Illuminate Health reviews.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, in our opinion, Red Bull is bad for you. The drink contains a wide range of questionable additive ingredients that are shown in clinical trials to have a negative health effect. Red Bull also contains a significant amount of added sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAn animated video published by Wired is under two minutes long and explains the effects of some Red Bull ingredients on the body in a visually engaging way:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/hIMR5HFs21U\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Red Bull Sugarfree Healthier?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Red_Bull_Sugarfree_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1670118141\" alt=\"Red Bull Sugarfree ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRed Bull Sugarfree contains some of the same questionable ingredients that we highlighted in the previous section and recommend avoiding: citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, colors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe main difference is that this energy drink has no sugar and is instead sweetened with two artificial sweeteners.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAcesulfame K\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e has been shown \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5464538\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ein animal studies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to cause negative changes to gut health and to cause weight gain.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAspartame\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is broken down during digestion into a compound called formaldehyde which may damage DNA, as we documented in our recent article on “\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-diet-coke-bad-for-you\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIs Diet Coke bad for you\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e?”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile we don’t recommend either drink, we do consider Red Bull Sugarfree to be a healthier option than Red Bull, especially for overweight and obese individuals, because processed added sugar is arguably the single ingredient associated with the most negative health effects in medical literature.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCan Energy Drinks Send You To The ER?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube video published by Dartmouth Health claims that energy drinks are sending “so many” consumers to the ER, and documents the potential risk of some of the ingredients:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/u704u8nKYIE\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eRed Bull’s Failure to Publish Full Ingredient Info on Website\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of writing this article, the product pages on Red Bull’s website do not include the full list of ingredients. The full ingredient lists we shared in the previous sections were from product listings on the HEB (a national grocery brand) website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Red Bull website only lists some of the ingredients as seen above. Notably, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003enatural and artificial flavors, colors and citric acid are missing.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn our opinion, this is a serious consumer safety issue because consumers may have a sensitivity or allergy to one of these ingredients which are not listed. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s true that the full list of ingredients exists on the physical can, but it’s the ethical responsibility of a food or beverage manufacturer to publish the full list of ingredients on their website. Without this information, it’s impossible for consumers to make an informed purchase decision.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe urge Red Bull to clearly and transparently publish a full ingredient list on each of the product pages on their website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eClean Energy Supplement Recommendations\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Nootropic_Supplement_Image_Optimized_45500da0-b6cf-4dbb-8aa8-0e17eb86221d.png?v=1668151828\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eConsumers typically use energy drinks to achieve two things: improved physical energy and improved cognition. There are natural compounds which are proven in medical literature to be effective in achieving these outcomes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/ginkgo-biloba-extract\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eGinkgo biloba extract\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e is arguably the most well-studied nootropic supplement. It’s derived from the leaves of a tree native to China, and has been proven to improve memory, cognition and focus in hundreds of published medical research studies.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eGinkgo biloba has not only been shown effective in older adults but also in young, healthy adults which is impressive. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/11026748\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003ePsychopharmacology\u003c\/em\u003e journal \u003cstrong\u003efound ginkgo biloba supplementation to improve attention and cognitive performance in healthy, young adults.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eIlluminate Labs sells a ginkgo biloba extract supplement which is standardized to the same potency as used in medical research, and which is third-party tested to ensure purity, potency and label accuracy. Interested consumers can check out ginkgo biloba extract \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/ginkgo-biloba-extract\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e to its product page on our website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/panax-ginseng-extract\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003ePanax ginseng extract\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e can be used to improve energy naturally, and doesn’t have the crash of traditional stimulants like caffeine. \u003cstrong\u003ePanax ginseng has published clinical backing for its ability to \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ereduce mental fatigue and reduce physical fatigue\u003c\/strong\u003e (\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/15982990\/\"\u003e1\u003c\/a\u003e,\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/29624410\/\"\u003e2\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003cspan\u003e; both effects that can benefit e-sports athletes and traditional athletes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eIlluminate Labs sells a panax ginseng extract supplement which is standardized to the same potency as that in medical studies, and which is third-party tested to ensure purity, potency and label accuracy. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eInterested consumers can check out panax ginseng extract \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/panax-ginseng-extract\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e to its product page on our website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor consumers who dislike supplements and prefer a drink, we would recommend \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/kjvV7V\"\u003eblack coffee\u003c\/a\u003e as a healthy option for increasing energy. One cup of black coffee would contain around the same caffeine content as Red Bull without any of the questionable additive ingredients.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider both Red Bull and Red Bull Sugarfree to be bad for you because of all the questionable additive ingredients like citric acid, artificial flavors, coloring agents and added sugar or artificial sweeteners.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHealthiness is of course subjective, but we would recommend that consumers avoid Red Bull products entirely. For consumers intent on purchasing a Red Bull energy drink, we consider the Sugarfree version to be a healthier choice than the original formulation, because it has zero calories.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRed Bull does not currently appear to publish a full ingredient list on the product pages on their website, and we hope the brand changes that policy so that consumers have access to all of the critical information they need to make an informed purchase decision.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSurprisingly, it’s not actually the caffeine in Red Bull that makes it a bad option, but all of the other stuff.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-12-03T20:54:16-05:00","updated_at":"2022-12-03T20:54:16-05:00","summary_html":"We analyze every ingredient in Red Bull and Red Bull Sugarfree to give our take on whether the energy drinks are bad for you. We highlight questionable additive ingredients in both products and share our thoughts on which one is healthier.","template_suffix":"","handle":"is-red-bull-bad-for-you","tags":"_related:energy-drink, _related:nutrition"}

Is Red Bull Bad for You? An Ingredient Analysis

Is Red Bull Bad for You? An Ingredient Analysis


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Red Bull is one of the most popular energy drinks, and while it’s great at providing a quick burst of energy, many consumers are curious about whether it’s bad for you. This is a reasonable concern, given that many energy drink products have some questionable ingredients.

But does Red Bull contain ingredients that are shown to be harmful to human health in clinical studies? What’s actually in a Red Bull? Are the sugar free versions healthier? And is it even possible to have a healthy energy drink?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review every ingredient in Red Bull’s original formulation and Red Bull Sugarfree. We’ll highlight some questionable additive ingredients, explain which of the two formulations we consider to be healthier and give our take on whether healthy energy drinks are possible.

Red Bull Original Ingredient Review

Red Bull ingredients

Caffeine is the core active ingredient in Red Bull, as would be expected for an energy drink. There is 80 milligrams (mg) of caffeine in a regular-sized Red Bull, which is a safe and effective dose. This is slightly less caffeine than in one cup of coffee.

Sucrose and glucose are the two types of sugar in Red Bull, and are the main reasons we consider this energy drink to be unhealthy.

A 2019 medical review found that excess added sugar consumption is associated with increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and more. The vast majority of Americans already consume too much added sugar from their diet, which is why we recommend avoiding added sugar entirely in energy drinks.

Isolated, processed sugar ingredients tend to have a more unfavorable impact on blood sugar levels than whole foods which are high in sugar. A clinical trial found that sucrose causes higher blood sugar readings than honey.

Citric acid is a preservative and flavor enhancer that’s typically derived from a fungus called Aspergillus niger and which appears to cause whole-body inflammatory reactions in a small subset of individuals as well documented in our review of another energy drink brand called Celsius.

Natural and artificial flavors are what give Red Bull its taste, and artificial flavoring agents were shown in a 2018 clinical trial to be toxic to animals.

Colors is also listed as an ingredient, but it’s not described whether the colors are naturally-derived or synthetic. We urge Red Bull to clarify this, because artificial food coloring agents have documented toxicity concerns. We have never seen this ingredient described this way in any of our hundreds of Illuminate Health reviews.

Overall, in our opinion, Red Bull is bad for you. The drink contains a wide range of questionable additive ingredients that are shown in clinical trials to have a negative health effect. Red Bull also contains a significant amount of added sugar.

An animated video published by Wired is under two minutes long and explains the effects of some Red Bull ingredients on the body in a visually engaging way:

Is Red Bull Sugarfree Healthier?

Red Bull Sugarfree ingredients

Red Bull Sugarfree contains some of the same questionable ingredients that we highlighted in the previous section and recommend avoiding: citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, colors.

The main difference is that this energy drink has no sugar and is instead sweetened with two artificial sweeteners.

Acesulfame K has been shown in animal studies to cause negative changes to gut health and to cause weight gain.

Aspartame is broken down during digestion into a compound called formaldehyde which may damage DNA, as we documented in our recent article on “Is Diet Coke bad for you?”

While we don’t recommend either drink, we do consider Red Bull Sugarfree to be a healthier option than Red Bull, especially for overweight and obese individuals, because processed added sugar is arguably the single ingredient associated with the most negative health effects in medical literature.

Can Energy Drinks Send You To The ER?

A YouTube video published by Dartmouth Health claims that energy drinks are sending “so many” consumers to the ER, and documents the potential risk of some of the ingredients:

Red Bull’s Failure to Publish Full Ingredient Info on Website

At the time of writing this article, the product pages on Red Bull’s website do not include the full list of ingredients. The full ingredient lists we shared in the previous sections were from product listings on the HEB (a national grocery brand) website.

The Red Bull website only lists some of the ingredients as seen above. Notably, natural and artificial flavors, colors and citric acid are missing.

In our opinion, this is a serious consumer safety issue because consumers may have a sensitivity or allergy to one of these ingredients which are not listed. 

It’s true that the full list of ingredients exists on the physical can, but it’s the ethical responsibility of a food or beverage manufacturer to publish the full list of ingredients on their website. Without this information, it’s impossible for consumers to make an informed purchase decision.

We urge Red Bull to clearly and transparently publish a full ingredient list on each of the product pages on their website.

Clean Energy Supplement Recommendations

Consumers typically use energy drinks to achieve two things: improved physical energy and improved cognition. There are natural compounds which are proven in medical literature to be effective in achieving these outcomes.

Ginkgo biloba extract is arguably the most well-studied nootropic supplement. It’s derived from the leaves of a tree native to China, and has been proven to improve memory, cognition and focus in hundreds of published medical research studies.

Ginkgo biloba has not only been shown effective in older adults but also in young, healthy adults which is impressive. A medical review published in the Psychopharmacology journal found ginkgo biloba supplementation to improve attention and cognitive performance in healthy, young adults.

Illuminate Labs sells a ginkgo biloba extract supplement which is standardized to the same potency as used in medical research, and which is third-party tested to ensure purity, potency and label accuracy. Interested consumers can check out ginkgo biloba extract at this link to its product page on our website.

Panax ginseng extract can be used to improve energy naturally, and doesn’t have the crash of traditional stimulants like caffeine. Panax ginseng has published clinical backing for its ability to reduce mental fatigue and reduce physical fatigue (1, 2); both effects that can benefit e-sports athletes and traditional athletes.

Illuminate Labs sells a panax ginseng extract supplement which is standardized to the same potency as that in medical studies, and which is third-party tested to ensure purity, potency and label accuracy. Interested consumers can check out panax ginseng extract at this link to its product page on our website.

For consumers who dislike supplements and prefer a drink, we would recommend black coffee as a healthy option for increasing energy. One cup of black coffee would contain around the same caffeine content as Red Bull without any of the questionable additive ingredients.

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Conclusion

We consider both Red Bull and Red Bull Sugarfree to be bad for you because of all the questionable additive ingredients like citric acid, artificial flavors, coloring agents and added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Healthiness is of course subjective, but we would recommend that consumers avoid Red Bull products entirely. For consumers intent on purchasing a Red Bull energy drink, we consider the Sugarfree version to be a healthier choice than the original formulation, because it has zero calories.

Red Bull does not currently appear to publish a full ingredient list on the product pages on their website, and we hope the brand changes that policy so that consumers have access to all of the critical information they need to make an informed purchase decision.

Surprisingly, it’s not actually the caffeine in Red Bull that makes it a bad option, but all of the other stuff.




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