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Nope, there is no ‘bull sperm’ in Red Bull, energy drink consumers reassured

By SYLVANIA AMBANI September 23rd, 2016 1 min read

Energy drink company Red Bull has assured its consumers that its product does not contain ‘bull sperm’ as some members of the public have been led to believe.

The ‘bull sperm’ rumor has been doing the rounds on the internet with the narrative being that one of the key ingredient of the energy drink is taurine, a substance believed to be obtained from bull testicles.

The rumor was further fueled by allegations that Longhorn Cattle Company, a livestock company in America, had performed a lab test on the drink and found that the drink does contain bull sperm.


‘Taur’ is a Greek/Latin root for bull, while the ‘ine’ suffix denotes something derived from the preceding root, hence to the casual observer taurine is something made or excreted by a bull.

However, the Red Bull Company has addressed these issues saying “Many people bet it comes from some delicate parts of the strongest and most potent bulls in the world, but the truth is that the taurine in Red Bull is produced synthetically by pharmaceutical companies, which guarantees highest quality standards.”

This is not the first time the energy drink company has found itself in the middle of a bizarre rumor.

Red Bull has also in the past been compelled to refute claims that the energy drink contains dangerous ingredients such as ‘artificially manufactured stimulants.’