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Caffeine anyone?


At the risk of stating the obvious, caffeine addiction is something well understood by the IT professionals and gurus reading the IT News Digest blog on TechRepublic.

It is the absolutely essential stimulant necessary for proper functioning, especially when frantically fixing NOC outages or the million and one other IT emergencies that never seem to occur at a convenient time.

For moments when there is simply no Starbucks accessible, it might be of interest to you folks that caffeine is also added to various carbonated soft drinks. The question is, just how much exactly?

Well, the Journal of Food Science has a new piece from the The Institute of Food Technologists about the Caffeine Content of Prepackaged National-Brand and Private-Label Carbonated Beverages that should settle the caffeine debate once and for all.

They used high-performance liquid chromatography to analyze the caffeine contents of up to 56 national-brand as well as 75 private-label store brand carbonated beverages.

Access to the full journal, unfortunately, is on a paid basis only. But the following is an excerpt of the key findings from the executive summary of the article:

National Brands
  • IGA Cola (4.9 mg/12 oz)
  • Vault Zero (74 mg/12 oz)
  • Coca-Cola (33.9 mg/12 oz)
  • Diet Coke (46.3 mg/12 oz)
  • Pepsi (38.9 mg/12 oz)
  • Diet Pepsi (36.7 mg/12 oz)
  • Dr Pepper (42.6 mg/12 oz)
  • Diet Dr Pepper (44.1 mg/12 oz)
  • Mountain Dew (54.8 mg/12 oz)
  • Diet Mountain Dew (55.2 mg/12 oz)
Wal-Mart Store
  • Sam's Cola (12.7 mg/12 oz)
  • Sam's Diet Cola (13.3 mg/12 oz)
  • Dr Thunder (30.6 mg/12 oz)
  • Diet Dr Thunder (29.9 mg/12 oz)
  • Mountain Lightning (46.5 mg/12 oz)

See you guys, I'm off to grab my Diet Coke now (they don't sell Vault Zero or Mountain Dew over here). In the meantime, share with us -- are you able to do without caffeine? Join the discussion.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

35 comments
NickNielsen
NickNielsen

It's kind of worn out now, but I'm getting a new one! Edit: danged html

Tig2
Tig2

And I refuse to try. My "poison" these days is iced coffee. I fill a glass with crushed ice and add coffee. I can go through several over the day and tend to drag my glass into meetings or whatever else is happening in my day. Coffee is my favourite vegetable... edited because the title wasn't what I wanted.

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

Unfortunately, that's six 24oz cups....

paulmah
paulmah

I actually drink tea instead in the mornings generally. But sometimes do need another coffee at lunch, and another just after dinner. Sometimes when I feel tired of coffee (heh heh), I go for a soft drink instead.

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

Back in the day... 2 pots of ESPRESSO coffe/day

natasha.wirth
natasha.wirth

If it wasnt for caffeine I woulda quit IT a loooong time ago

Menopausal
Menopausal

If it wasn't for caffeine I woulda just plain QUIT a long time ago... IT, working, being, take your pick. Caffeine: the drug of choice that users brag about, and few ever complain that they want to quit. Unlike smoking, OTC or UTT (under the table) drugs, which people hide or try kicking. I did quit once, whilst pregnant, and it took me three days to get up. During those three days, my every attempt to get up was met with a thwack to the forehead from some invisible board. I'm back to my old level once again and hope I never have to be admitted to the hospital; my sister once narrowly escaped being in the hospital for life, since they told her she couldn't leave until she was "lucid and had a normal BM", but they wouldn't let her have coffee. Someone smuggled her some and she was checked out in an hour flat.

TechExec2
TechExec2

Nope! Cannot exist without several cups of coffee every day.

paulmah
paulmah

Hey, where are you based. It must be like past midnight in most part of the states now isn't it?

DadsPad
DadsPad

there is a 13 hour difference between. So we are on different sides of the northen hemisphere.

paulmah
paulmah

In the meantime, share with us, are you able to do without caffeine?

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

After owning a high end cap machine and practically living on espresso for a year or two, I actually developed an allergy reaction to Caffeine. After going to the hospital one night with extreme heart palpitations, they did a scratch test and my arm blew up lie a balloon! I quit instantly and felt 400% better in less than a week, I mean better than I can remember ever being. Now I do allow myself a Coke once in a while, and I do drink a cup of test once a day but for the most part just juice and water. I have a very bust work life, one that normally took pots of coffee to live through, but now i have more energy than coffee ever gave me, and I feel SO much better. My caffeine levels are low enough that the odd blast doesn't really do anything now, but when I do have a coffee I feel like shite for the rest of the day, no energy at all. I never had any idea just how awful caffeine is to the human body until I saw just how great I felt without coffee ion the morning. Nix it, NOBODY needs it. No you don't no matter HOW much you feel you are a 3 cup morning person, you really aren't. If you can't kick the coffee, how the heck will you stop doing crack?!? :)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Don't function without it. I usually consume about a 10-cup pot per day.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

I want it all and I want it now!

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

I think you'd look nice in a Colombian necktie Should stop your tongue from wagging the dog No more stupidity from you, as I pull your tongue through For a smile from ear to ear, now there's nothing to hear!

jc2it
jc2it

... but then my wife and I had our first baby eight weeks ago. Now it is imperative that I start my Caffeine intake before I leave the house. If I don't then I will fall asleep on my way up I-5 and be on the 6 o'clock news. Oh well he will be leaving home in another 18 years or so...

normhaga
normhaga

About 1 tablespoon of instant eaten directly from bottle each half hour.

DadsPad
DadsPad

coffee was availble then. Oh yes, Sanka, yukk, yukk. phuttuie. :( I don't feel good even thinging about that!

wallowamichael
wallowamichael

Caffeine is one of those things that people love or hate. I notice that the article doesn't specify how much is in a normal (8oz.) cup of coffee - to my understanding 175-200 mg! If you need/want the buzz - go for the brewed stuff! Starbucks will put in enough sugar and flavor so you won't even know you're drinking coffee (and then you get the added sugar buzz benefit). I like mine STRONG. My co-workers bought me my own coffee maker, because every time I made coffee, they all had to add about half water to make it palatable. I'm from good Swedish stock, so strong coffee is in my blood. I drink 5-6 cups a day, all strong. I could not function well without it (tried a couple of times).

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

I said that when I walked out my front door every day with a huge mug of strong espresso. Starubucks? Yak, what spew! Starbucks with all the sugar crap in it? Well better than what they call coffee but not much. There are so many GOOD coffee bars out there, it stuns me that such a crappy franchise marketed garbage so well.

DadsPad
DadsPad

Yes, but let me explain. I grew up in a coffee drinking family, I started real cups (as opposed to a little coffee in milk) at around 16. Like most teens, I did little sleep and it helped. But I also liked the taste, I drink with cream and sugar. Now my grandmother had a cow and we could, also, have delivered REAL cream to use in the coffee. Although I now use half&half, real cream tastes better, but hard to find. I have found in times where I was not busy or had a lot of sleep, I could go without coffee or have any withdrawals from coffee. However, lately, I feel better if I can have coffee at work. The most addicted person I ever knew was my wife's uncle. He was a terrific person and I liked him a lot. But, he was never without a cup. I mean, never, he even slept with a thermos so he could have one if he woke up. He was married to a wonderful woman that was full Italian descent (in chicago), where I had one of the best meals of my life. My wife is a great cook, but... well have you ever been at an inlaws relative's house and expected a nice meal? But ending up as full and still can't stop eating? This was one of them. Hand made and hand cut her own pasta, and everything.....sorry I digress. I will go now, must be close to lunch somewhere. :D

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

are legendary, you are fortunate that you don't get them.... BTW, now I'm hungry after reading your post!

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

If you think that withdrawl is a reason to not quit taking a drug (caffeine) then perhaps you should try heroin. You wouldn't be the first person to see withdrawl as a reason to take more.

DadsPad
DadsPad

and I am not as affected as others. I remember, when I was younger, coming in late/early and having a cup of coffee and going to bed. I am not sure if I could do that now that I am older. That is, coming in late/early and being able to do anything but go to bed. :)

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

One saturday, I forgot to have my morning cup.... didn't have any soda all day... by 5 pm, I had the worst headache I have ever had in my life. It sucked the life out of me and made me nauseaus... simply awful.

DadsPad
DadsPad

When I quit smoking many,many years ago, I had no withdrawals either. I remember waiting for the nicotine withdrawal to start. Nothing. Just missed smoking. Never smoked again. Now if I could just give up eating good tasting things or aging. sigh....

Ben Iron Damper
Ben Iron Damper

In addition to several cups of plain ol' cofee each day I have a few Monster Lo-Carb and Red Bulls!! I guess I would probably crash without the stuff.

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

Can always go without the god-damn, stupid, cup of steaming, what the hell is going on with, who left that there, come on people, so tired need a pick me up cup of finest ground thanks, ahhh thats bliss :-)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Most of my co-workers think I'm wired enough as it is. Coffee should be used only as an ice cream flavor.

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