At first glance, a few ingredients in Red Bull seem like they might not be vegan.
Same goes for Monster Energy drinks.
Taurine is the obvious one, which technically isn’t always vegan (even though the vast majority of modern taurine is vegan).
If you’d like to know if you can consider Red Bull to be vegan, read on.
A Quick Look at the Ingredients in Red Bull
The Red Bull website isn’t the easiest to navigate, but the ingredient information is all there if you dig around.
There are 5 main variations of Red Bull:
- Red Bull Energy Drink (the original one)
- Red Bull Sugarfree
- Red Bull Total Zero
- Red Bull Editions
- Organics by Red Bull
Other than “organics”, these all have almost the same ingredients:
- B vitamins
- Sugars or Artificial Sweeteners
On the Red Bull website, it clearly states for the original version that:
Red Bull Energy Drink is gluten free, vegan…
The only differences between it and the other products is that they use some sort of sweetener like aspartame, which are all vegan.
There’s only one potential issue: Artificial colors.
Do You Consider Artificial Colors to Be Vegan?
The pink color of Red Bull isn’t natural, who knew?
I’ve written a detailed post about why artificial colors might not be vegan. Artificial colors most commonly include ingredients like Red 40, Yellow 5, etc.
Long story short, a lot of animal testing surround them on an on-going basis because the safety of their consumption is controversial.
This is why many vegans won’t consume them.
So even though Red Bull says their products are suitable for vegans on their website, this isn’t an aspect of artificial colors that most people consider.
You’ll have to make your own choice on where you stand.
So, Is Red Bull Vegan?
The “Organics by Red Bull” are all clearly vegan, as they don’t have any artificial colors.
But for all the other versions of Red Bull, it comes down to the artificial colors.
Some vegans don’t consume them, some do, I can’t make that choice for you. Make a decision you’re happy with and you’ll have your answer about whether or not most flavors of Red Bull are vegan.