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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:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/18/FDGS24VKMH1.DTL

http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/highfructose.html

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:

http://www.xsgear.com/info/drink_info.asp


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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