What is it exactly about Red Bull that gives drinkers so much energy? Is it taurine, which Dictionary.com defines as a "neutral chrystalline substance (C2H7NO3S) obtained from bile," or is it something else—something that is also very popular in the clubs? German officials suspect the latter and have banned Red Bull cola (note: not the regular Red Bull) in six states in that country after the German Nordrhein-Westfalen Institute of Health and Work ran a test and found trace amounts of cocaine. For its part, Red Bull doesn't deny that it taps coca leaves for its cola product, but insists the coca-leaf extracts are de-cocainized and "are used as flavoring in food products around the world and are considered to be safe" (not to mention FDA-approved). Nevertheless, when word gets out about Red Bull cola's alleged ingredients, expect lines to form at clubs from coast to coast, at least until this whole thing blows over.
—Posted by Todd Wasserman