Energy drinks are marketed to increase alertness and energy levels. After water, sugar is the main ingredient in these drinks, they also contain caffeine (some in excessive amounts) and other substances such as taurine, B vitamins, and herbs such as ginseng and guarana can be added.
These types of drinks contain a long list of ingredients that you do not know what they are or what effect they have on your body.
One of the popular energy drinks is Red Bull, in the website of this product caffeine, sugar, B vitamins and taurine are mentioned as components. But these are only part of the 15 ingredients; the MEL magazine found the rest in Amazon and we also decided to check what each item does.
Where does Red Bull’s energy come from?
Water and sucrose: After the Carbonated water, in the fall 250 ml can there are 27 grams of sugar, this equates to almost 7 teaspoons of sugar.
The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests an added sugar limit of no more than 100 calories per day for women or 6 teaspoons and 150 calories for men or 9 teaspoons. So if you add soda, alcohol or a dessert, you will have already exceeded the recommended limits.
Glucose: If you thought that sucrose was all added sugar, it is not, glucose comes to increase the quota.
Citric acid: Is a additive to preserve and flavor food and beverages. “Approximately 99% of the world production of manufactured citric acid is developed from hongo Aspergillus niger, also known as black mold, ”explains Chemical Safety Facts.
Taurine: It is an amino acid that can be manufactured by the body or obtained in the diet mainly through the consumption of fish and meat. Mayo Clinic points out that studies suggest that taurine combined with caffeine improves mental performance. However, more research is needed.
Sodium citrate: It is commonly known as acid salt and is used primarily to flavor foods and beverages or as a preservative.
Magnesium carbonate: Additive that regulates the acidity of food and helps food maintain its colors.
Caffeine: A 250 ml can of Red Bull contains 80 milligrams of caffeine, about the same amount of a cup of coffee (96 mg). Red Bull’s caffeine content is lower than other energy drinks that average 200 mg.
Dietary guidelines suggest moderate consumption no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day. Higher doses can have negative effects like anxiety, restlessness and increased heart rate, which in people with health problems can have serious consequences.
Inositol: It is considered a pseudovitamina since it is a molecule that does not qualify as an essential vitamin. DrugBank notes that this inositol has been investigated as a weight loss aid agent, treating depression, psychiatric disorder, and anxiety disorder.
Niacinamida: Niacinamide is one of two forms of vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 plays a vital role in converting the food you eat into usable energy.
Calcium pantothenate: also called pantothenate or vitamin B5. It helps convert the food we eat into the energy we need.
Pyridoxine HCl: It is a form of vitamin B6, it participates in the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as serotonin (regulates mood), dopamine (causing pleasant sensations) and norepinephrine (the body releases it in response to stress).
Vitamin B12: Helps keep neurons and blood cells healthy. Depression is a symptom of this vitamin deficiency. This nutrient is present in meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and fortified foods.
Flavors (natural and artificial) and colorants.
After seeing all the ingredients in Red Bull, you will notice that with a balanced diet (or take your vitamins) and a coffee, you can save yourself the unnecessary load of sugar. The high glycemic load of these beverages could negatively affect blood glucose and insulin levels.
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