Just in case you ever wondered how much caffeine you were taking in from your favorite drink, the Science News folks can help you with a handy list of some of the most common.
Enter two food scientists from Auburn (Ala.) University. In the August Journal of Food Science, they report just how much caffeine they measured in a host of carbonated beverages. The researchers provide data on 74 colas, 28 Dr. Pepper or similar-tasting beverages, 26 citrus-flavored soft drinks, and another 5 miscellaneous drinks. Most of the drinks were nationally marketed brands, but the Auburn team included 41 store-brand soft drinks.
Here are just a few from the list:
- Diet Mountain Dew – 55.2 (this is my poison of choice)
- Barq’s Root Beer – 22.4 (love this stuff – needs more caffeine)
- Diet Dr Bob – 30.9 (WTH is this?)
- Diet Coke with Lime – 46.3
Mmmmm. Makes me thirsty just thinking about it.