IT GIVES YOU WINGS… OR DOES IT?

IT GIVES YOU WINGS… OR DOES IT?

Most people, unfortunately, don’t get enough sleep. There is always too many things to do, places to go and people to see. Don’t forget after work to get a gym session in before heading out for a night on the town, and back in the office fresh for another day’s work. Sound familiar?

While coffee only does the job so far, most of us reach for an energy drink. And why not? After all, it stimulates both the body and mind ensuring optimal performance and alertness for those endless meetings and quick strategy sessions.

While you may feel like Red Bull does in fact give you wings, think again. According to Sugarstacks.com, an ingenious website designed to show you how many sugar cubes goes into various foods, snacks and drinks, Red Bull contains seven cubes of sugar in a 250ml can – yes seven! This equates to 27 grams of sugar. Trying to cut or limit the amount of sugar in your diet? It’s best to skip this energy drink.

Aside from being considered a ‘health’ drink, Red Bull contains enormous amounts of caffeine (which is why the energy drink is not recommended for people sensitive to caffeine). Debates around whether or not it really is a health drink persist. Due to the high-levels of caffeine, the energy drink does in fact dehydrate instead of replenishing, as it promises. Dehydration combined with physical exertion is a whole other matter altogether – and won’t produce positive results.

The energy drink has been banned in various countries while others only sell it at pharmacies. Red Bull has even cut the caffeine content of its drink in half in certain countries in order to avoid further banning.

Is Red Bull good for you? Does it give you wings? Everything in moderation, but it’s best to read the label before you consume anything – and if there is a sugar-free option we usually opt for that. Again, read the label. Knowledge is power – so the next time you decide to grab a cold energy drink to energise your day, think twice.

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