Guarana Soda: Brazil’s National Buzz

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The caipirinha may be Brazil's national cocktail, but Brazil's national drink is a carbonated, caffeinated quencher known as guarana soda. Brazil's guarana soda industry dates back to 1907, and today is Coca-Cola's fiercest competitor. Guarana Antarctica is the leading big-name brand, but collectively hundreds of smaller brands, many regionally made, make up more than 50 percent of Brazil's soft drink market. The guarana plant itself is more than just a caffeine buzz. It's a symbol of … [Read more...]

Kickstart Breakfast Drink Debuts

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Kickstart Breakfast Drink Vs. Coffee Unrolled this week: from Pepsico and Mtn. Dew. They're targeting folks who don't like coffee or tea, but who do like a sweet buzz. A 16-ounce can of Kickstart Orange Citrus contains: 92 mg caffeine (about the same as a cup of coffee) 80 calories 180 mg sodium High fructose corn syrup (second ingredient) Concentrated orange juice (a small amount, just 5%) Artificial sweeteners and flavors I haven't tried it yet (will pick some up when I … [Read more...]

Beverage Lobby Says Caffeine’s Not a Drug. Really?

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The ABA Says Caffeine Is Not a Drug. Really? In a 2011 news release, the American Beverage Association (ABA) has actually stated, "caffeine is not a drug." It also says caffeine is a stimulant. Conflicting statements don't do much for credibility, and misleading statements chip away at consumer safety. Caffeine is classified as a drug, a type of central nervous system stimulant; the FDA considers it both a drug and a food additive. Naturally, the ABA has a mission to boost profits for its … [Read more...]

3. Added Caffeine: Pumped Up Sodas, Energy Drinks and Shots

For centuries, people self-regulated their caffeine consumption naturally, by taking it in traditional ways. Coffee, tea, chocolate and other botanicals were primary sources. Then came cola drinks, and those led to energy drinks. Our caffeine rush went from bicycle power to fuel-injected engines. Some energy drinks are no more caffeinated than coffee; others are off the charts. Sodas are as tame as tea. But with all drinks, size matters: sodas and coffeehouse coffees come supersized, and an … [Read more...]

Profile: Caffeinated Soft Drinks

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Did you know that many fruit-flavored sodas – including carbonated lemonade – are caffeinated? Here's the scoop on caffeine and soft drinks... How much caffeine may a soft drink contain? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration limits soft drinks to no more than 71 mg of caffeine per 12-ounce serving, or .02 percent. (For comparison, a cup of coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine.) Are cola drinks the only soft drinks to contain caffeine? No. Any soft drink may add caffeine. … [Read more...]

Sunkist Orange Soda: More Peppy Than Pepsi

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Look closely: Sunkist Orange Soda is even more caffeinated than Pepsi Cola, while Pepsi Max and Sun Drop Citrus Soda zoom to the top of the chart – they're bubbling close to the FDA's legal limit for caffeine in soft drinks (71 mg per 12 ounces). And: Ounce for ounce, Pepsi Max and Sun Drop have twice the kick of Coca-Cola. How do these numbers compare to coffee? Caffeine in coffee and tea varies, but for this book, the rule of thumb is: an average cup of coffee contains about 100 mg … [Read more...]