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)

Dinner is a Date with the Doctor: 5 Asian Superfoods by Mark Hyman, MD

fresh IngredientsHere is an excerpt from an article written by Mark Hyman, MD. Mark is a physician, advocate and educator “dedicated to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach called Functional Medicine.”

On his website,, Mark states that “the fork is your most powerful tool to change your health and the planet; food is the most powerful medicine to heal chronic illness.” As a holistic nutritionist with a Food and Wellness Coaching practice, I surely agree.

The article begins:

Medicine doesn’t always come in a pill. In fact some of the most powerful medicines are delicious and can be found at your local supermarket or “farmacy.” Healing foods have been used for centuries in Asia as part of the cuisine. In Asia food and medicine are often the same thing.

Here are five foods you may never have heard of but can be found at most Asian markets and even places like Whole Foods. Try them. You might be surprised by their unique and extraordinary good taste. And they may help you lose weight, reverse diabetes, read more…