Is Red Bull Sugar Free Bad For You?

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Summary

Red Bull and Red Bull Sugar Free are FDA approved, however, you should be cautions when drinking them. Try to limit your consumption and do not rely on them every day for energy. If you are trying to stay away from sugar, or consume less calories in total, then sugar free might be a better option!

What actually is in a can of Red Bull Sugar Free anyways, lets take a look!

  • Carbonated Water
  • Citric Acid
  • Taurine
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Magnesium Carbonate
  • Caffeine
  • Acesulfame K
  • Aspartame
  • Niacinamide
  • Calcium Pantothenate
  • Pyridoxine HCl
  • Vitamin B1
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Natural and artificial flavors 
  • Colors.
 

This is the list that comes directly from Red Bull’s product page on Red Bull Sugar Free. The colors are not a little ambiguous as it does not state whether these are artificial or natural colors which can be a problem for some people.

Is Red Bull Sugar Free Bad For You?

The ingredients you should pay attention to the most here are caffeine (stimulant) and aspartame (sweetener). Caffeine is a drug most people should be familiar with, it is used to keep you alert and awake, and it is the primary reason energy drinks exist. It is recommended you only consume 400 mg of caffeine per day however. If you do drink one and don’t feel any affect, it is advisable to wait a few hours before consuming another one. The effects may be working with out you being fully aware of them. Consuming too much caffeine at once is dangerous and potentially even life threatening.

Since this is a sugar-free product, aspartame is used as a substitute to get the desired taste. Many people do not like the taste of aspartame however, and there are some health issues that have been potentially linked to it that you should be aware of. However, their has not been enough evidence to directly link aspartame to claims of cancer, hair loss, depression, dementia, behavioural disturbances, or any of the other conditions, as you can see in this study.

Does Red Bull Sugar Free Contain Sodium?

Yes it does! Red Bull Sugar Free contains about 80mg of sodium, which is roughly 5% of your daily 2,300mg per day recommendation. If you are trying to cut back on salt, 5% is not insignificant, and that number may be as high as 10-20% depending on how many Red Bull Sugar Free drinks you are consuming.

Can You Drink Red Bull Sugar Free Every Day?

Sure you could, there isn’t anything stopping you, but we would advise against it. If you drink it every day, you will probably come reliant on it’s effects, and may become a habitual user of Red Bull Sugar Free without realizing it. You should work on getting more sleep instead of more Red Bull Sugar Free!

Can Red Bull Sugar Free Help Me Loose Weight?

If you are making the switch to loose weight, then yes it can play a role in weight loss because it has virtually no calories, and the caffeine will have a thermogenic effect on your body. This thermogenic effect will help burn calories. If you take it before a workout, similar to pre-workout, it can be an effective tool to enhance the results of the workout. However, we don’t recommend you rely on it for weight loss, it’s better to eat healthy foods, and get more exercise!

Is Red Bull Sugar Free “Healthy”?

This is a hard question to answer. Yes it’s healthier in the sense that it contains less calories and no sugar, but it may not be healthier if there is enough evidence proving the negative side effects of aspartame. In general, energy drinks should not be thought of as “health products”. Consuming then in moderation, however, should not give you very many health concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions

It’s best to consume this drink in moderation. Every day may get expensive over time and could also damage your health. 

Probably, less sugar is almost always a good thing. More evidence will be needed to say if aspartame is harmful or not.

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