Caffeine in Soft Drinks – Guess What?

Soft Drinks

Just when I think (or maybe hope) I’ve heard it all, along comes a piece of information that is news to me. As a Food and Wellness Coach, I help my clients assess how their choices are working for them.  I am very familiar with the the downside of “soft drinks”  …. sugar or artificial sweeteners, flavorings and additives, carbonation, drinking less water, etc. However, until this morning, I had not considered the source of most caffeine in these drinks. I listened to a recent NPR Morning Edition story called “Wake Up and Smell the Caffeine. It’s a Powerful Drug,” Here’s what I learned:

Most of the caffeine in soft drinks comes from factories in China.

“Naturally extracted caffeine is burned out from heated-up coffee beans. But most of the caffeine used in soft drinks is actually synthetically produced in Chinese pharmaceutical plants. After visiting one of these plants…. (Read more)