I have declared this before, I am a junkie! I am addicted to the delicious and life-rewarding beverage red bull and its main ingredient “taurine”. Taurine is named after the Latin Taurus = bull, as it was first isolated from ox (Bos taurus) in 1827 by German scientists Friedrich Tiedemann and Leopold Gmelin. Taurine is not generally a bad thing, recent studies show that taurine supplements taken by mice on a high-fat diet reduced their overall weight. However, studies have yet to be done on the effect of taurine on obesity in humans. It is actually just in recent years, taurine has become a common ingredient in energy drinks. Taurine is also often used in combination with bodybuilding supplements such as creatine and anabolic steroids. But Red Bull not only includes taurine. The caffeine in one serving is a little less than that found in an average cup of coffee or twice as much as found in a can of Coke. And oh yeah, did I mention the sugar? It is only a matter of a such small amount of 27 gram of sugar (mumbling). Ok, I admit! It can be comparative with approximately 28 teaspoons of sugar. But it is sooo good! And it is, above all, the best energy drink ever! It is hilarious to be here in Iceland and talk to people who have never tasted its godsend flavor! And the worst thing of all – which country do you think we all have to blame for this outrageous ban? SWEDEN OF COURSE! In 2001, the drink was investigated by the Swedish National Food Administration (why do we even have these departments? Windup – NOW!) and then, due to that, the sale of Red Bull as a normal soft drink was being prohibited in Denmark, Norway, France, Uruguay and in Iceland (funny story that we never got a ban in Sweden though). Due to the link with taurine, local authorities categorized Red Bull as a medicine and suggest customers ask for medical advice before drinking. Because of this, only energy drinks without taurine are sold in Iceland, thus giving me no pleasure whatsoever. Mixing Red Bull with alcohol (most commonly Vodka and Jägermeister) has become increasingly popular among college-aged crowds and club goers. Heavier drinkers of alcoholic Red Bull drinks have cited “euphoric feelings”.
I feel so abandoned here in Iceland without my dose of taurine when I’m down or troubled. I want to head towards my Euphoria again!
PS. Did you hear that France, Uruguay, Norway and Denmark!? You are not cool! Especially not Norway! Feel my wrath!! =).DS.