Caffeine, a completely legal drug and the most frequently used psychoactive drug in the world, is a central nervous stimulant which can have some positive effects on the human body. However, a long-term effect of caffeine can result in damage to the heart leading to its inability to function normally.
Other adverse effects of excessive caffeine consumption include – headaches, anxiety, restlessness, tremors, stomach upset, depression, panic attacks, sleeping disorder, and excessive urination. This is not a complete list of negative effects and others may appear.
If you are trying to reduce your caffeine intake, here is a list of caffeine free sodas you may find useful:
Caffeine-Free Diet Coke
This soda was launched in the United States in 1982 and arrived in the United Kingdom in 1983. It’s notorious for its collaborations with fashion designers and provocative advertising campaigns. This product is allergen free and gluten free and is also suitable for vegans.
Ingredients – Caramel Color, Carbonated Water, Phosphoric Acid, Aspartame, Natural Flavors, Potassium Benzoate (To Protect Taste), and Citric Acid.
For more information on this product log on to www.coca-cola.com.
Caffeine-Free Coke Zero
In 2013, Coca-Cola launched this soda with a ”masculine” looking packaging to specifically address the male sector. In the past, it has even been nicknamed “Bloke Coke” and it is produced to taste similar to regular Coke, which is accomplished by using both ace-k and aspartame sweeteners.
Ingredients – Phosphoric Acid, Carbonated Water, Aspartame, Caramel Color, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Benzoate (To Protect Taste), Acesulfame Potassium, and Natural Flavors.
Find out more on www.coca-colaproductfacts.com.
Sprite, the company’s response to the popularity of the drink 7-Up, a lime and lemon-flavored soda manufactured by the Coca-Cola company, does not contain caffeine.
Ingredients – High Fructose Corn Syrup, Carbonated Water, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (To Protect Taste), and Sodium Citrate.
This is the sugar-free and low-calorie version of Sprite that is produced by the Coca-cola company. Furthermore, it is a lemon-lime flavored soda which in 1974 was initially named “Sugar-Free Sprite.” Nevertheless, in 1983, the drink was renamed “Diet Sprite” or “Sprite Light” in some countries. However, in 2004, its name was again changed to “Diet Sprite Zero.” Moreover, from the summer of 2006, this soda has a new packaging and a modified recipe and is now named “Sprite Zero.”
Ingredients – Citric Acid, Carbonated Water, Lime Flavourings, Natural Lemon, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Aspartame).
Find out more on www.coca-cola.co.uk.
Caffeine-Free Mountain Dew
It is a carbonated soft drink brand owned and produced by PepsiCo. Caffeine-Free Mountain Dew uses almost the exact formula as regular Mountain Dew, with no caffeine content. This drink is available in different states of the US. Until 2012, the Canadian version of regular Mountain Dew didn’t contain caffeine, however, the drink recipe has been changed and contains caffeine under the name Mountain Dew “Citrus Charge.” Furthermore, in Australia, it was once sold as normal Mountain Dew, but starting of June 2012 it is sold with caffeine in it.
Ingredients – concentrated orange juice, carbonated water, citrus pectin, citric acid, natural flavor, potassium benzoate (preserves freshness), potassium citrate, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sodium citrate, gum arabic, sucralose, calcium disodium EDTA (to protect flavor), sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), and brominated vegetable oil.
Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi
It was introduced in 1982, under the name Pepsi Free. It is part of PepsiCo as the earliest drink with no caffeine. The term “Free” had been also introduced by the company on their Sierra Mist line in response to Coca-Cola’s prosperous introduction of their Zero line.
Ingredients – Caramel Color, Carbonated Water, Potassium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness), Phosphoric Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Citric Acid, and Natural Flavor.
Root beer is a sweet drink usually produced from using the perennial vine Smilax ornata (sarsaparilla) or the sassafras tree (Sassafras albidum) as the main flavor. Many consumers believe that this drink is a decaffeinated substitute to caffeinated sodas. Some brands of root beers actually do contain caffeine. However, the quantity varies from brand to brand. Check the labels.
Here is a list of ingredients used in the first root beers – birch bark, allspice, juniper, coriander, wintergreen, ginger, burdock root, hops, spikenard, dandelion root, guaiacum chips, pipsissewa, spicewood, sarsaparilla, yellow dock, wild cherry bark, sassafras root, prickly ash bark, hops, vanilla beans, molasses, dog grass, and licorice.
Established in 1885 by Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas, this brand has an iconic history of delivering satisfying refreshment. This caffeine free version of the soda delivers the same original recipe of 23 flavors blended into one unique drink with no caffeine. As a side note, there is a popular belief which is remarkably long-lived, since about 1930, that Dr Pepper contains prune juice, but it doesn’t.
Ingredients – high fructose corn syrup, carbonated water, phosphoric acid, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), and artificial and natural flavors.
Find out more on www.drpepper.com.
We don’t recommend you drink any type of soda because there is no nutritious need about it. But, if you usually consume sodas, it is wise to pick the caffeine free version with the least amount of chemicals.