Emerging Tech

What do coffee, soap, donuts, and sunflower seeds have in common?


In the near future, the answer will be caffeine. A North Carolina R&D company has come up with a way to embed caffeine into donuts in such a way that the caffeine doesn't hit the tongue's "bitter" receptors. In a welcome move for caffeiholics, the firm claims that they will have products (donuts, bagels, and energy bars) on the market by October. Each donut will contain 50 mg of caffeine, or about as much as you get in a cup of regular coffee.

New technology for caffeinated doughnuts (Confectionery News)

Caffeine has been showing up in wider varieties of products for years. I had a big soft spot for caffeinated peppermints for nearly three years, they now sell caffeinated water and even sunflower seeds infused with the energy giving chemical. You can also get your caffeine in the shower as soaps have appeared with caffeine designed to be absorbed through the skin. You are not even safe late at night in a dark bar as a wide variety of caffeinated alcoholic drinks have made their way onto the market.

Baseball Legend and Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn Endorses Sumseeds™ (Earth Times)

Caffeine soap puts a jolt in your shower (Ottawa Citizen)

Anheuser-Busch Spikes Spykes (Consumer Affairs)

Keep in mind that I am one of the aforementioned "caffeiholics." I have actually cut down to 4-5 sodas per day, more because of the sugar than the caffeine. I don't know about you, but I would not have survived in IT for as long as I have without the massive amounts of caffeine I run through my body on a daily basis. Between late nights in the server room, early morning meetings, and completing research projects for school, I would not get anywhere near as much done as I do were it not for "geeky's little helper."

How do you take your caffeine? Are you a fan of traditional methods of consumption (like coffee) or do you go for the more exotic delivery methods? Will you try one of the new caffeinated donuts or be truly evil and bring a dozen to the next staff meeting without telling anyone about the contents? Join the discussion.

118 comments
Andy J. Moon
Andy J. Moon

Although most of us enjoy the traditional method of caffeine ingestion, hot or cold drinks, there is a wide variety of ways to get the popular stimulant into your body. Will you experiment with new ways to become caffeinated? Have you tried some already? Which of the nontraditional methods works best for you?

NaughtyMonkey
NaughtyMonkey

I have to drink at least 10 triples to get through the day. I then drink at least 6 more at home. I went 2 days without any and drove my wife nuts. She made me start drinking them again. My doctor says to quit, but I don't have to live with him.

ronald
ronald

Will there be caffeine in soap for concentration purposes, or does it help to get addicted to coffeine and thus to soap ;D Ronald OpOnzeZolder.nl

DanLM
DanLM

We always have emergency supplies. Example, I always have a couple smokes stashed for the times I forgot to pick up a pack. Example. I am completely out of coffee right now. Just made the last of it(10:45pm est) BUT, I have hotel packets stashed till I get to the supermarket for more. So, I won't be out when I wake up tomorrow morning. ;o) chuckle. Dan

Tig2
Tig2

I have a type of ADHD that is responsive to stimulant therapy. As I have aged, and at various times when stimulant therapy would not have been a good thing, I have learned to substitute coffee or tea. I love iced tea in the summer, but also enjoy iced coffee. I don't drink soda at all. I also don't put anything into my coffee or tea. My father used to say that if you want a cup of coffee, drink a cup of coffee. If you want to drink cream and sugar, do that, then. Hmm. I don't do chocolate much and I try to avoid all sugars. The bod works better without them. Now if I could just kick the salt habit...

ParkersTark
ParkersTark

I use Eleuthero Root instead. Acts just like coffee beans without the drop off or crash. "Eleuthero is an "adaptogen," an agent that helps the body address to stress. Scientists believe it helps prevent "adrenal burnout" caused by ongoing physical or mental challenges. Eleuthero boosts concentration and focus without the letdown than comes from drinking coffee or other sources of caffeine. Eleuthero also boosts immunity. Healthy people taking 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of tincture three times daily have been shown to have increased numbers of the immune cells (CD4+ cells) that have decrease during HIV-infection and AIDS. Eleuthero may also enhance athletic performance. Eleuthero was a favorite of trainers and coaches of Olympic athletes in the old Soviet Union. When the word about eleuthero got out, Western scientists put it to the test. A study of six baseball players found that taking eleuthero for 8 days increased breathing capacity. That is, eleuthero gave the players more wind to sprint between bases. "

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

Nothing gets the blood and juices flowing like a good romp in the sack during the morning hours before work. Uh...way too much info...LOL!

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

I'm not a big coffee drinker, but how much caffeine must any one person consume in one day? This is getting worst than a crack addiction with many people. Caffeinated soap is just crossing the line in my opinion. Just my 2 cents on the matter.

ytvette
ytvette

Stacker 2 does it for me! Sometimes Vivarin.

Menopausal
Menopausal

Caffeine seems to be the one drug that people highly recommend to other people that they become addicted, the one drug that people brag about how addicted they are, and seldom worry about trying to quit. As for me, I had to give it up while pregnant (only thing that ever made me sick) and I didn't recover for three solid days. I could hardly move! First thing I did afterwards, was to get back off the wagon as fast as I could. I'm not back up to my previous level, but at five mugs a day I'm getting closer. Mind you, I make coffee with five scoops to a 10/12 cup pot, so it's about twice as strong as what people at work consider "normal".

djl4fzw
djl4fzw

Caffeine is no longer a driving force for me. I came across articles like these: http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/eaa4e.htm http://stress.about.com/od/stresshealth/a/caffeine.htm They discuss caffeine-centric medical studies. They showed that caffeine triggers the hormones that create the "Fight or Flight" reactions in humans and animals. It creates stress conditions in our bodies. The "energy" we feel is not the blissful "runners high" that makes us feel indestructible. It's the nervous, jittery, stressful, fearful energy we feel down dark alleys. Hummm. I love coffee. I drink coffee. Drink responsibly...

firstaborean
firstaborean

Did you know that caffeine is not only addictive, but it has a serum half-life about the same as that of heroin, about five hours? In other words, of whatever caffeine you took in, it halved every five hours. It's about 97% gone in 25 hours, if you don't take in any more. This is why detox time for caffeine is nearly the same as that for heroin, about 2? days. Get detoxed, and you will cease to "need" it to get along through a day. And your blood pressure will go down to a more normal number. If you don't want to believe me, ask your doctor.

jc2it
jc2it

I used to work for my dad driving truck on the weekends, and before that I would work at the cannery from 11 pm to 7 am, Friday and Saturday night. This Schedule, in addition to the normal 8 to 5 x 5 day work week, provides plenty of experimentation for caffeine use. What worked for me was to run home, try to sleep for 3-4 hours, and then go to work after stopping by 7-Eleven or AMPM on the way. I would buy the 64 ounce Mt. Dew, and sip it all night long. This kept my Caffeine level from spiking and crashing. Occasionally I would drink it too fast and I would start to shake. I would then run around the area I worked for a few minutes, and that would balance out some of the caffeine. GOOD TIMES! ;-)

onbliss
onbliss

...coffee + hot milk + sugar. (Latte ??) Or Tea + hot milk + sugar. I equally relish both coffee and tea.

ultimaxii
ultimaxii

Caffeine is nice but it has its drawbacks. I think if someone needs to wake up they should try the natural methods (coffee, chocolate, tea and whatever else has caffeine). Creating all these synthetic foods and supplements to have caffeine can only have disastrous consequences. Overdosing isn't only characterized by death and dying, too much caffeine will interfere with metabolism which interferes with sleep cycles which interferes with emotions which interferes with life. If someone wants to become a raging, unbalanced human ball-of-energy then eat up all the caffeine you can stomach, otherwise it's best to stick with natural methods.

sleepin'dawg
sleepin'dawg

mainlinining caffeine. I take it for migraines and will occasionally use it for some 24 - 96 hour work sessions to meet a really crucial deadline which absolutely cannot be missed due to crippling penalty clauses. Never mind the cup; siphon it directly from the pot into my IV connection. Black, no sugar, thank you very much! What doesn't kill you makes you stonger. If the spoon can't stand straight up in it, it isn't stong enough. [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

neilb
neilb

It's called "tea".

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

I do consume coffee and soft drinks, but they have no affect on me. I can drink a cup of coffee right before bed and it will not keep me awake. Same thing for soft drinks. I will often have a cup of coffee in the morning and maybe at night if it's cold outside. I drink caffeine sodas all day and don't notice any affects at all. Maybe my metabolism is just to fast for it to remain in my system long enough to have any affect.

JamesRL
JamesRL

I started consuming caffeine well before PCs existed. In the early 70s, I made my parents coffee, and it wasn't long before I made myself some too. I became addicted to staying up late on the weekends and watching old movies, and caffeine was a necessary ingredient in my movie watching. In university, living on my own, I switched to tea, as I don't add milk or sugar to it. I would brew a 4 cup pot and consume it every morning, or on my late night studying binges. I did try drinking coke before running long distances. I also consumed caffeine pills before an exam, but I think I overdid it. I was shaky a couple of hours later when I came down. Now I try to limit it to three servings a day. Occasionally I will want/need more. I've tried weekends without, and I hate the headache, so now I try to reduce it to one cup per weekend day. I won't go back to pills. James

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

and I was at work. :0 so I started to get that freaked out feeling while I started going through drawers and cabinets. I found 4 packs of cigs at my desk. later, as a 'test' I found 2 packs in my notebook case, and 4 packs in my truck (I didnt look hard either). Got home and was wondering how many were 'stashed' here, found 1/2 carton in 1 cabinet, and 6 loose packs around my room and another 2 by my computer, plus an open pack on the bookshelf (about 1/3 used). Is that stockpiling or what. I am afraid to look in my jackets from winter. I always find them stashed in those, but I have refrained from looking this time.

neilb
neilb

You need to use "proper" chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids or pure cocoa powder which is chocolate with the cocoa butter pressed out. Google "chocolate" and "flavonoids". Neil :D

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

I use salt much less, and it is easier to ditch than my Mt. Dew habit.

DadsPad
DadsPad

1. How many children do you have? 2. How long have you been married? There is some inverse relationship between these (both or together) and sex. :^0

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

How sick are you ma'an :^0 you need to take some lessons from Al Bundy! we cannot have you walking around, condoning intercourse with your wife! Mistress is OK, girlfriend is OK, but Wife -- A Big NO... :^0

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

Now it is the caffeinated soap!!!

sleepin'dawg
sleepin'dawg

You the church lady or somethin'??? 5 scoops to a 10/12 would have me in withdrawl before I could climb behind the wheel. Gotta have my caffeine, especially now that I've kicked cigarettes. I go through at least two of those pots per day and three isn't unusual; more if I'm working late. Something really weird though, if my caffeine levels get too low, I can't sleep and will get pounding headaches. [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

JamesRL
JamesRL

Hope you didn't drive through Canada much. You could find the 7-11, but Mountain Dew with caffeine didn't come out here till red - we had MD, just no caffeine. James

JamesRL
JamesRL

I'm aware that its just hindi (i think) for tea, but up here in canuckistan, we get Indian style chai from one of our major chains (Loblaw's President's Choice store brand). Thats the only tea I put milk in -it doesn't taste right to me without it. Though coffee is my morning quick hit of caffeine routine, tea is my evening savour the flavour time. I drink Earl Grey, English Breakfast, some herbals, sometimes Chai, sometime jasmine/chinese tea. Often have orange zinger, lemon tea for colds, peppermint for upset stomachs. James

DanLM
DanLM

No sugar? No coffee? omg, a danish or 2(or 2 donuts) and a port of back coffee to go please. Oh, and GU in the middle of those danishes or donuts please. Load it up. Dan

Old-Fart-IV
Old-Fart-IV

Seen this non-narocitic muscle relaxant spelled both ways. Used these pills during long duration Airborne Missions - no Stewardess to bring coffee, plus the ride could be a "wee" bit choppy and would slosh around anything in a cup/can. Now days, I like my coffee like Dawg and others -- spoon must become discolored or melt if left in too long. Coffe grounds consumed are considered as roughage :) edited for clarity .. JR

DanLM
DanLM

Lol, if I can't scrape the sugar off the bottom of the bowl. It's not a good bowl of cerial. Just like, if I can see the side of my cup through the black coffee. You know I didn't make the pot. I like when the spoon starts to tarnish when you have so much coffee in the filter. Thats when you know you've made a good pot. And most people don't like it that way, so it's more for you. ;o) Dan

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

to take me out. Although I am sure that I have come close to that amount in a single weekend in my past....

jdclyde
jdclyde

I can drink three cups of coffee and then go take a nap. I can go a few daze without coffee/cola, but around the third, I get that craving and only a cola will take it out. preferably RC.

bradgalliford
bradgalliford

Go a week without any and see if it does not affect you. Your body will still need it. You will feel really weird after a few days..

JamesRL
JamesRL

Go 48 hours without caffeine...see if you feel ok. Having a caffinated beverage have no affect on you is a sign of addiction. Your body grows more tolerant and it takes more cafeeine to get the same effect. Jame

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

Slacker :) I drink [u]at least [/u]two [b]12 cup pots[/b] of coffee daily. Been doing it for years. Can't drink many carbonated beverages though. Nobody likes the bubbles after my system is done with them :)

Shellbot
Shellbot

I'm happy to report I have stopped drinking coffee at work. Haven't had a work coffee for a month.. So that gets me down to 3 a day at home :) (the headaches were insane..was up to 10-12 cups a day!!)

Tig2
Tig2

Can't wait to tell the ladies I walk with that chocolate can help keep them from Breast Cancer! OK, I'm exaggerating a bit here. I always knew that there must be a real reason why women tend to crave chocolate during their menstrual cycles. I would bet that if I keep reading Google hits, I would find a relationship. Interesting stuff. :x

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

chocolates. She imports bags and bags of the stuff (I think from Belguim). Then she puts it out by her desk. Sometimes I just gotta walk by to say Hi, and nab a few chips... I have definately acquired a taste for it, and I rarely have chocolate at all, except when I am anywhere near her desk... :)

DadsPad
DadsPad

chocolates with higher Cocoa content. More advertising is for 'bitter sweet' chocolate. I have lived here a long time and milk chocolate was the favorite. The bitter chocolate was in the cooking section of the grocery or in specialty shops.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

I like some imported chocolates much more as well. I never knew that chocolate could taste so different until a few years ago when I tried some. Milk chocolate has always been a bit too sweet for my taste. I think the ones that I tried are imported from Belgium. Edited because my 'T' key does not work well on my wireless keyboard.

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

Now before I get blasted for being "Anti-American", I am a chocoholic and enjoy all sorts of chocolate from every country, but I find that foreign imported chocolate from Europe tends to have a much higher cocoa solids content and has a more bitter taste than American chocolate. That bitterness are the flavonoids and antioxidants, and has the same effect as coffee. I'm especially fond of chocolate from the former Soviet Republics, as they make it with pure cocoa solids and none of the other junk that makes the chocolate too sweet.

DanLM
DanLM

Thats what is great about love. Each allows for it, and donesn't worry about it. ;o) Dan

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

If she's not in the mood or asleep when I "nudge" her, she'll kick my behind right out of bed and lock me out of the bedroom. Anyhow, I still love her and tolerate her mood swings...as if I really have a choice in the matter. :-?

sleepin'dawg
sleepin'dawg

nudge it in the middle of the night. :^0 [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

And my wife is quite the hottie, so why bother elsewhere when I'm content with what I have now?

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

I have had little time for many things including TR recently. So, currently all I am doing is checking replies on my posts right now.

Steffi28
Steffi28

I have been finishing off a presentation that I have to make sometime this week about workflows in SharePoint, and trying to get my uni coursework done! I have to write about everything I have done in work this year, and it sounds a lot easier than it is! It has to be handed in in about 2 weeks and so far I have only written 4 sides :(

Shellbot
Shellbot

so where is everyone..must have all caught the work virus...

Steffi28
Steffi28

I'm just reading what you wrote and making my own assumptions :p

Shellbot
Shellbot

are you taking w2k's side over mine?? never ever ditch a sister for a guy..golden rule!!

Steffi28
Steffi28

Methinks she doth protesth too much!! :p

Shellbot
Shellbot

i didn't mean that i wanted one!!!! I meant that I'd go with decaffination rather than having caffeine up my backside!!!!! yeesh..i refer to my other post about me prefering it orally !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ]:)

Steffi28
Steffi28

Your just in denial!! ;)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

But you are really pushing for it! :)

Steffi28
Steffi28

You are rude, just admit it!! ;)

Steffi28
Steffi28

You asked for this one! I have absolutely no sympathy for you! It's your own fault!

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

just mis-guided and mis-understood!!! The all day sucker thing is like a lollipop with cream filling and without the stick! What were you thinking??? :) Edited to add: It is not really cream filling, but a creamy taste in compressed powder form. The all day suckers come in 3 sizes, the large ones will last all day (I am told).

Steffi28
Steffi28

He has been being very very rude lately hee hee ;)

Shellbot
Shellbot

what the heck is that susposed to mean!!!! i prefer my pleasures orally, not anally !!!! ]:)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

suppositories -- caffeinated of course! :^0

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

watch out for the arrythmia that sometimes comes with it, babz. (Same thing happened with IF years ago. Now you know why I limit coffee to 3 cups per day) :x GG

twtrout
twtrout

When I get tired of the same old coffee taste and acid burn I switch to Tea for a while. My favorite is Celestial Seasonings FAST LANE tea. It has more caffeine than drip grind coffee. Apparently FAST LANE has a sort of cult status. If you check their website at http://www.celestialseasonings.com/microsites/Fast-Lane-Tea/teas.html Here is what Celestial Seaonings says about it: Fast Lane Black Tea A welcome break from coffee, this high-energy tea blend contains the Java*-grown leaves favored by the Dutch for centuries. We pack in eleuthero to create something extraordinary and strong. Along with eleuthero, we add spicy cinnamon and nutmeg for an exhilarating taste. When you need an all-natural boost without the coffee jitters, brew up a cup of Fast Lane Tea?the original energy drink! To me it is a nice change of pace and breaks up the boredom of coffee and is cheaper than designer coffee.

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

One cup of this black tea and I'm not sleeping for two days. It's just too damned strong and packs a good punch.

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

I'm not much of coffee drinker, but Chai has enough caffeine to give me that little boost I need in the morning.

JamesRL
JamesRL

My father usually drank coffee. But he worked as an electrical lineman, working outdoors on powerlines. In the winter this got quite cold. He found that he didn't like black coffee, and if he put his usual coffee with milk in the thermos, it didn't stay that warm. So he got into the habit of drinking hot tea from a thermos without milk. He liked it pretty strong. He drank an orange pekoe type, steeped for a long time, and a little bitter. When I got into the habit of doing the evening dishes, I would sometimes drink the tea he didn't finish, so I developed a taste for it without milk. James

onbliss
onbliss

For me the tea has to be real strong to add milk. Many Indian varieties are strong. But some of the herbal & citrus varieties are quite light, and I can not add milk to them. On the hand, the preparation might be different too. We add tea leaves to the water and bring it thorough boil versus the method of bringing water to boil and adding tea leaves to it.

Shellbot
Shellbot

James..yer not susposed to "put milk in it", its susposed to be MADE with milk :) I've had the President's Choice chai "tea bags"..trust me..the real thing is much better.. Its a really nice drink, a coffee shop here does it really nice..if yer ever over..

DanLM
DanLM

;o) If it doesn't have some type of filling that drips out of it when you accidently squeeze a bit to tight, it's not a good donut. dan

DadsPad
DadsPad

All the good donuts have some of it :^0

DanLM
DanLM

;o), I had no idea what the spelling would be for that. That's what F.F's spell check kicked out, and I ran with it. Chuckle, sorry. dan

Shellbot
Shellbot

insulin resistance..the bane of my existance.. you taking Metformin? you off the bad carbs as well?? Thats what I'm on..if i take it regularily like i should its brilliant stuff!! I don't get hungry and i don't crave sweet things..I have energy and don't want to sleep all day!! God bless the stuff..i'm not a pill popper either..but i'm only 32..i want to live a good long time yet

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

about when I cut almost all sugar from my diet. The doc wants me on pills, but I do not beleive in that. I am not a pill popper. When they first ran the tests, the doc was trying to decide whether or not to give me a bottle of insulin and needles. I said, no way, I hate needles. I was told I am putting myself at severe risk for not taking the meds, but, hey. If its time, its time. I dont wanna live forever anyway.

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

I'm borderline diabetic as I have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (job stress and other daily crap causes this), so I have to watch my sugar intake because my liver simply can't process sugar very well. I'm on the same meds that type 2 diabetics take. If it weren't for sweeteners, half of my breakfast foods would taste like crap.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

but I rarely eat cereal (or breakfast in general). If I do have cereal, it is usually dry and just munched on while watching a movie or something.

Steffi28
Steffi28

Like the bowl of cereal that I eat too!! Although to try to wean down on sugar I'm eating more stuff like frosties, that way I dont have to have half a pound of sugar on my cereal! And in my occasional cup of tea or coffee I use saccharine instead of sugar, have done that since I was about 5 though, my mum wouldnt allow sugar in tea (mainly cos my dad was(and still is) about 6 stone overweight and that was the only form of sugar he had)

Steffi28
Steffi28

Do I feel the need to sleep the weekend away?? And fall asleep when my alarm goes off? Heck the only time of the week I feel awake is Friday around about 5pm lol and its been that way for as long as I remember! I am one of the hardest people to wake up my husband says if the world were to end while I was in my bed I would sleep through it!!

Tig2
Tig2

We call it AGE. AGE sneaks up on you when you aren't looking, leaps on your poor defenseless body and does terrible things when you aren't looking. It's an awful thing. And it keeps coming to visit you. You can't get away from it, no matter what you do. Soon you can see that it is taking things away from you- memory, appearance, coordination, sex appeal- the really important things. And you realise that there isn't a darned thing you can do about it. Sucks!

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

my Doc told me I could not. So now I limit myself to no more than 3 cans of soda a day, all are diet, and anything after 2:pm is non caffeinated. Often I will go days without a can of soda now. I prefer flavored water instead. Heck, I just went a week without coffee 3 weeks ago, no side effects. On weekends I try to go without caffeine at all these days as well. 2 years ago, I would wake up in the middle of the night (if I could sleep at all) just to drink a Mt. Dew so that I could go back to sleep. That was a rough time. But when I first opened my eyes in the morning I was wide awake, and up for the day. Nowadays, the alarm goes off and I may go back to sleep anyway....

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

266 cans is quite a lot of high fructose corn syrup to consume

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

with a coffe shop right next door. As an assistant manager, I opened sometimes, closed sometimes, etc. every shift I had, the lady would make and deliver my double espresso's on a schedule. Funny thing that I only ever had money enough for caffeine and smokes in those days....

Steffi28
Steffi28

I'm pretty sure that at some stage I have almost drank enough coke to kill me too lol although since starting IT work this year my coke intake has increased somewhat. The worst is when I am at uni I work in mcdonalds (I know that in itself is bad enough) theres free coke on tap as often as you want it during your 8 hour shift, that can be dangerous especially during the summer!

Steffi28
Steffi28

Making me triple post :(

Steffi28
Steffi28

I'm pretty sure that at some stage I have almost drank enough coke to kill me too lol although since starting IT work this year my coke intake has increased somewhat. The worst is when I am at uni I work in mcdonalds (I know that in itself is bad enough) theres free coke on tap as often as you want it during your 8 hour shift, that can be dangerous especially during the summer!

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

He had an IV bag of Duff Beer attached to his artery at Moe's.

Tig2
Tig2

Caffeine IV. Send the good stuff straight to your blood stream.

Shellbot
Shellbot

:O :O :O I'll take decaffinated please Edited...well bugger it..my shocked emoticonis not working..you get the idea though

Tig2
Tig2

Plain aspirin is exactly that- acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). When you purchase pain reliever such as "Extra Strength Excedrin", you are absolutely correct- you're getting ASA and caffeine. Sorry, Jack- used to be a nurse. I liked the Pharmacology part, VERY interesting.

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

Ever wonder why headache medicine works so fast on people with headaches? It's got caffeine in it and the headaches are usually caused by caffeine withdrawal symptoms. You should rent an old movie, documentary actually, called "Supersize Me" The amount of information conveyed in that movie is amazing.

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

There are some weeks I go without any caffiene, especially when I have to go up to Prudhoe Bay. Three weeks ago I came back from the Anchorage area after three weeks without. I drank just bottled water and sometimes I put some of those favorings in it. I didn't notice any difference, I was a lot thirstier and craved a beer but that was all. I quit the consumption because if the cost and the water was free. Outside of Anchorage I was on and off drilling rigs all day and didn't have much time for much else. Once you get pass the sugar intake the rest wasn't bad, too busy to notice. I did quit smoking the first of April and have noticed that I'm back up over 200 pounds again but now that I'm back home I've upped my daily bike ride from 15-20 miles to over 30 and it's coming back down.

DanLM
DanLM

I actually have cut down on my consumption of caffeine, but that's because it has started bothering my stomach after the second pot in the morning. Then a soda/pop/what ever you call it in the afternoon to get me through the rest of the day. I still drink coffee at night though, only a pot though. Never got the shakes no matter how much I drink/consume. But, if I go without. Definite headaches. Dan

DadsPad
DadsPad

I grew up in a coffee drinking family. Any one we visited also put on a pot of coffee (there were no drip makers, all use purculators). We also consumed brewed tea, the old standare Lipton type. I was never a big soda drinker. Never had head aches from not consuming caffeeine, and I went weeks with little or none. I found I just like a cup of coffee (with cream and sugar). I also should say that I quit smoking in the early 80's and had no withdrawal. In fact, it disappointed me when I expected to go through it. So quitting was big deal to me. That is why I say, some people can be more addicted than others. :)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

flavored water is a good alternative as well. The main problem is that most of them suck! I have acquired a taste for Aquafina Flavor Splash. There are a couple of others, but they are becoming hard to find. Most of the others that I have tried have severe flaws, from being too flavored, to not enough flavor. And on top of that, most have that aftertaste which sticks around for a while.

jdclyde
jdclyde

they did a study, and guys are less likely to buy something that says "diet", which is where the new names come in. For people first starting out, try cokes C2. It is a middle ground of half the sugar. Get used to that, and THEN make the switch the rest of the way. Diet Dr. Pepper is a good one too. My boys drink that one up on me. Diet Ruby Red Squirt is another good one. I love it now that they make the 12 oz BOTTLES. When I am thirsty, I rarely WANT to drink 20 oz of anything non-alcoholic. B-)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

and started drinking diet, I got 2 litre bottles of various sodas. I found that although I liked Pepsi products in the regular sodas, Coke made much better diet drinks. Then came along coke zero, so it is one of my flavors of the day as well.

Willy MacWindows
Willy MacWindows

I loved Mt. Dew growing up but I never understood the Do the Dew campaign, Mt. Dew had no kick at all, that was unitl I found out Mt. Dew had caffeine...in the U.S., in Canada it is illegal to artificially add caffeine to natural fruit/citrus juices. Mt. Dew has 10% lime juice or something and well, no caffiene allowed, so doing the Dew just meant getting a sugar buzz.

jdclyde
jdclyde

we would be partying, and "jake" would come around for some. he would pour some (straight) in the cap and place it on the ground. the cat would drain that cap, and then stagger around with the rest of us for a while. Anyone remember everclear? oh my.... something about drinking something with the same warning labels as lighter fluid....

jdclyde
jdclyde

and I don't drink it AT ALL anymore.... coke zero is the flavor of the day. It has been years since I have had a dew.

Tig2
Tig2

Isn't Mt Dew a Pepsi product? Just asking... I think it is.

jdclyde
jdclyde

besides sex, that is. I used to drink two 8 packs a day, every day. This is back when it was in the glass bottles, and sooooooo good! I was also working five day shifts and three third shifts a week, so a few times a day, I would go about 36 hours straight before I could get some sleep. When the ex had her affair, it was with the pepsi rep. I do not drink or buy pepsi anymore. X-(

stan
stan

I drink that much coffee every day, including a nice warm cup of coffee befor going to sleep. Caffeine affects people differently.

Shellbot
Shellbot

jesus that sh1t is nasty!! we just threw out 1/2 a bottle we got in duty free a couple years ago.. at a xmas party 2 years ago a few were drinking it, one of the girls poured herself a very large measure and drank it down straight.. she was shaking so bad we ended up putting her to bed..

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

I used to have bug gulps (7-11) of Mt. Dew, and just about every night was a party. At that time I was trading off (favorite drinks) about every month. I got hit with a Bicardi month, until someone substituted 151 without mention. I was soooo very sh**faced I stopped Bicardi for a year.

Shellbot
Shellbot

oh god.. even the thought of that stuff makes me heave.. when i was 13 was at a party and we were mixing whisky with mt dew... not good..i still can't think of it without getting quesy

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

About 3 years ago I used to drink, at minimum, before lunch a 6 pack of Mt. Dew, a can of Monster energy drink, and an OJ. My doc made me stop. I am down to 0 to 1 can of Mt. Dew (irregular) a day, but I picked up a coffee habit. I limit to 1 per day and none on weekends.

cmiller5400
cmiller5400

With that much coffee I would need a bathroom right next to my office or I would get no work done having to walk halfway across the building. ]:) Edit: Edited for clarity.

JamesRL
JamesRL

No wonder you are the way you are, you have coffee running through your system instead of blood. Seriously though, does your doctor know this? James

Steffi28
Steffi28

I will drink on average about 10 cups in a year. Now coke thats a different story I go through about 10 litres a week :(