Over Caffeinated

The other day at work, my co-worker and I were discussing how we both dislike soda. However he needed something to wake him up, so he decided to have a sip of soda over having coffee.  He couldn’t decide whether to have Coca-Cola or Barq’s Root Beer because he did not know which had more caffeine. So I told him I would look it up for him.

I found much more than I bargained for while looking this up, but like I promised I found out which had more caffiene.

Coca-Cola or Barq’s Root Beer, which one would you pick??

Most companies list their caffeine content levels for an 8 oz. drink, thus showing a lower mg caffeine level. This soda chart has the manufacturer listed 8 oz. size and a 12 oz. scaled up version to reflect what you are really getting in your 12 oz. can of soda.

In short, I found that Coca-Cola has more caffeine than Barq’s Root Beer.  Coca Cola has 34.5mg in just one single 12 oz. can, while Barq’s Root Beer only has 22.5mg in a 12 oz. can.

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Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda; Which is worse for you?

I work at a restaurant (which will stay un-named), and many guest and co-workers have asked me overtime, “is diet soda really that bad for you?”  Well, over the years I have always heard the answer was YES; and that the average american gains 10 lbs a year from drinking soda.  So that is what I have always told people when they ask me.

In the back of my mind, I have always wondered if that was really the case.  So I decided to do some extra research.

I am a really blunt person, so I am not afraid to say that yes, soda may taste good, but it is bad for you.  It is full of sugars or sugar substitutes, contains phosphoric acid, which according to some studies, may harm bones.

Other studies say that high intakes of added sugars are linked with high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels, that may result to risk factors for heart disease.

Overall calorie-wise, yes, the diet version seems healthier, but if you take a look at main ingredients phosphoric acid, sugar, aspartame, and caffiene, there is a big difference. Also, even though it is low in calories, diet soda may also lead to weight gain. Drinking sweet beverages makes you crave sweet foods, which can lead to higher numbers on the scale.

Truthfully, soda in general is not healthy, whether it’s diet or regular. It offers no nutritional value whatsoever.  Drink some refreshing water as your beverage of choice. If that is to boring for you, then why not squeeze in some lemon or lime juice, or drink some green tea instead. If you crave something sweeter, there are plenty of fruit juices out there to choose from, just make sure it’s 100 percent juice and not fruit-flavored sugar-water.  In the end if you are still craving that “soda taste”, you could always go for a club soda.

DIY Fizzy Drinks – without the soda

Are you are like me and and hate soda BUT miss that sweet taste?

If so this is for you!!  I came across some delicious DIY (do it yourself) recipes on how to makes some fizzy drinks that taste good and are all 120 calories or less.  What is not to like about that?

Pineapple-Rosemary-Ginger Soda

MAKES 6 SERVINGS. Per serving: 70 cal, 0 g fat, 19 g carbs, 0 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 0 g protein

Cherry-Vanilla Soda

MAKES 6 SERVINGS. Per serving: 80 cal, 0 g fat, 18.5g carbs, 5 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 1 g protein

Orange-Mango-Strawberry Soda

MAKES 6 SERVINGS. Per serving: 63 cal, 0 g fat, 16 g carbs, 8 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 0.5 g protein

Sarsaparilla Root Beer

MAKES 6 SERVINGS. Per serving: 80 cal, 0 g fat, 21 g carbs, 0 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 0 g protein

Raspberry-Lime Rickey

MAKES 6 SERVINGS. Per serving: 70 cal, 0 g fat, 18 g carbs, 0 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 1 g protein

Watermelon-Mint Pop with a Kick

MAKES 6 SERVINGS. Per serving: 70 cal, 0 g fat, 17 g carbs, 30 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein

Pomegranate-Cranberry Soda

 

MAKES 6 SERVINGS. Per serving: 120 cal, 0 g fat, 31 g carbs, 0 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein