23-year-old Brooke Robertson from New Zealand has suffered a heart attack after being on a Red Bull diet for eight months. The young mother decided to choose this radical diet after gaining too much weight during pregnancy. Brooke was reported to had lost almost 99 lbs by drinking nothing but the Austrian energy drink.
Suffering serious health problems today, she recounts living on 10 to 14 cans of the energy drink a day, plus the occasional handful of dry cereal now and then. She recalls not sleeping or eating properly while on the Red Bull diet but since her weight had started to drop, she went on with it. Even though Brooke dropped from 220 lbs to just 125.4 lbs, she managed to keep her new nutrition habit a secret from friends and family until she suffered a heart attack and was taken to hospital.
Brooke describes having severe withdrawals such as sweating, nausea and shaking just like you would after quitting a drug addiction. She was advised by doctors to avoid Red Bull and caffeinated drinks but admits drinking it occasionally although it leads to increased heart rate and shakes.
Red Bull company in New Zealand has denied the accusations of the drink being addictive stating that caffeine had been proved not addictive by scientific evidence. The company’s spokesperson has pointed out the energy drink being available in 148 countries across the world since it was approved for consumption by health authorities.