Thursday, September 9, 2010

Caffeine Update

A couple months ago I posted how I kicked my Coke Zero habit and yesterday I got a comment asking if I was still caffeine free. Good question and something I've been meaning to bring up. So here's the answer...

Well, no, not really.

I did revert back to Coke Zero after several months of successful abstinence. It started with what seems to be another episode of adrenal laziness that hit me in August. All of a sudden, I could not live without my Coke Zero.

Again.

Sigh.

Now, my beef isn't really with caffeine. I am not opposed to caffeine, just when it comes in a can and is filled with other unknown chemicals. Particularly if those chemicals are byproducts of cocaine, which is what Coke uses; coca leaves imported from Peru. Supposedly there's not cocaine in Coke anymore, but I bet the effluvia of processing cocaine into prescription narcotics (which is what is used now) is not entirely benign either.

I have been successful at limiting the Coke Zero to one a day this time around (vs. the 3 a day habit I was developing before).

Currently, since the weather has cooled, I'm trying to channel my caffeine cravings into green and black tea which have so many health benefits.

But it's a struggle. There's just something about the chemical composition of Coke Zero that my body really likes.

3 comments:

  1. I don't drink sodas and get confused with all the different "cokes". What is different about Coke Zero? Thanks!

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  2. Who knows really? The formulas are secret, but Coke Zero is Coke with Splenda (i.e. sugar free).

    The original formula grew out of Coca Wines in the 1800s that fell out of favor due to anti-alcohol sentiments. So Coke was the new Coca Wine, made with cocaine but no alcohol (which was okay with the moral gatekeepers of the period--my how times change, no?).

    In the early 1900s, Coke switched to using the byproducts of narcotic production from the Coca leaves instead of actual cocaine.

    In the modern era, under DEA supervision they import coca leaves from Peru and process them at a licensed plant in New Jersey. Big Pharma gets the cocaine, Coke takes the waste water and adds whatever to it to make Coke.

    It's been a while since I did the research,but that's the gist of it.

    M

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  3. Thanks!

    You know your Cokes! =) Appreciate you taking the time to answer.

    I probably drink about 2-3 sodas (Root Beer) a year so I have no clue about the different sodas...LOL.

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