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I know I could look this up in Google, but I'd like to know this from people who actually drink the stuff. Does it give you energy for workouts? Better than a coke?

Tue. Oct 10, 12:53pm

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as i understand it, you don't want to put chemicals into your body to give you energy to workout. you instead want to workout the energy you already have stored as calories. taking a stimulant to get a better workout isn't wise.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:04 PM

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If you’re looking to watch your calories I’d avoid both. I’m not sue if the Red Bull has High Fructose Corn Syrup but the coke does and it’s not good for anybody. The only part of your body that can process HFCS is your liver, which can cause problems down the road. See these two links:

There is a company that makes energy drinks without caffeine and sugar. They are mostly the B vitamins. Most of them have around 10 calories. See link:

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:07 PM

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Red Bull has caffeine in it. Caffeine isn't energy in the sense of calories (although it has those, too). It is a stimulant of the parasympathetic nervous system, which will help your "fight or flight" reaction kick in for a more intense and possibly longer workout.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:08 PM

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I highly recommend not using Red Bull. It's way worse then caffine.. don't belive me? Drink 1-2 cans in one day then wait for the headache the next-- horrible! Anything that does that to your body is a bad idea. I loved the stuff until I realised how bad it was for my body.

Side note- the ingrediant Taurine is a chemical drived from the bile in a bull's intestines (hence the name "Red Bull") . Yes Taurine is said to have many benefits, however enough natural taurine is consumed through the meat we eat - so I see no reason to drink it in an "energy drink".

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:22 PM

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Oh for goodness sake! Read the Wikipedia entry on taurine, at least -- it's present in many foods, not just meat. However, strict vegans DO need to supplement for it.

I'd recommend against Red Bull because it tastes TERRIBLE. But it's not "worse than caffeine" -- its main active ingredient IS caffeine.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:48 PM

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actually, the above is not entirely correct, either. this is copied from a supplement website:

"Vegans (vegetarians who eat no dairy or eggs) consume virtually no taurine but usually make enough to avoid deficiency. Infants do not make enough, but taurine is found in human milk and most infant formulas. Diabetics have been reported to have lower blood levels of taurine.

Most people, even vegans, do not need taurine supplements."

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 2:01 PM

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I will give a positive feedback for Red Bull. I drink the sugar free kind on occasion before a workout and definitely notice a difference. I usually wear a heart rate monitor when working out and believe that my heart rate is usually a little higher for workouts when I have had a Red Bull, hence a higher calorie burn.

I am not saying anything about the negatives from the ingredients, only just what I've noticed in my workouts.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 2:23 PM

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Love it. I drink it at night instead of alcohol. Much better buzz.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 3:42 PM

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sugar free red bull is the best! i love that stuff.... it definetly gives me energy and its only 10calories in a can.... sugarfree tastes wayyy better than regular and this is coming from a girl that can't stand the taste of diet drinks

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 3:45 PM

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1:22 poster here...

1:48- why are you so bitter? I was expressing my personal opinion to the OP who wanted to know if Red Bull was better... imo it's not. And as I recommended, drink 1-2 cans and then wait for the headache the next day, if you don't have one- great! Drink Red Bull to your little heart's content.

I did read the wikipedia entry (btw- wiki is publicly-edited reference material use at your own risk)- along with many other (more reliable) documentation. Taurine was first discovered in Ox bile... it is a non-essential amino acid that naturally occurs in most living things. Mammals do need some taurine in their systems to help break down fats, but there is not enough research that recommends an exact "daily" amount. Taurine is also being used as an experimental treatment for many things including Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and epilepsy. All in all it's not a terrible thing, but does it need to be in an energy drink? Makes me nervous and I wanted to share that information with people who may care about that sort of thing like I do.

Plus... if your vegan can you even have taurine since it's an animal product? (Real question I'm not trying to be a smartass)

2:01- <3 thx!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 4:42 PM

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