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Jan. 9th, 2009 11:16 am Caffeine Sources

As part of the changes I made when I started Weight Watchers, I tried to make my primary source of caffeine either ice tea or a sugar-free cola. Whenever possible, I chose ice tea -- which I've drank without sugar or lemon since 1982 or so. However, there are many circumstances (Con suites, parties, the free pop dispenser at work, some fast food places, air travel, foreign travel, etc.) where tea is unavailable or at least very impractical (there is ice and tea bags at work, but brewing my own is messy for a cup at a time).

This has led to an interesting personal observation. While my preferred cola drink is generally Coke, with RC second and Pepsi third, I find I prefer Diet Pepsi to Diet Coke. On the other hand, I prefer Coke Zero to either. In fact, were I to rank my preferences for caffeinated diet colas, they would probably run: Coke Zero, Diet RC, Diet Pepsi, Diet Coke with Splenda, Diet Coke.

You might ask "why not get coffee?" That answer is fairly simple: I've never developed the taste for coffee. This is only odd if you realize that my parents are both frequent coffee drinkers (although not as much now as when they were younger). However, since none of my siblings developed the taste for coffee, I'm not completely out of whack. Oddly, all of our spouses drink coffee, at least occasionally -- robot_grrl once every week or two.

Of course, you might also ask "why not quit drinking caffeine?" That is also easy, I'm addicted and also use it to self-medicate my ADD.

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Date:January 9th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I too prefer my caffeine carbonated. Both my parents drank coffee - my mother still drinks 8-10 cups a day and both of Dave's folks drink coffee. Neither one of us developed the taste for the stuff. I will drink it if it is the only caffeine source available but not under any other circumstances.

As for diet sodas, I used to drink Tab but got out of the habit when it no longer was widely available. Coke zero is WAY too sweet and while I will drink diet pepsi, it's not my preferred beverage. I will drink diet mt dew over just about anything other than diet coke.
Date:January 10th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Two comments:
sodaclubusa.com - this might give you a few more options.

You should start a convention tea pack for the consuites. That even seems like a mid-afternoon party: tea time. :-)
Date:January 10th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Date:January 11th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
very funny