Most clear lemon-lime sodas are caffeine-free. Many root beer brands are also caffeine-free, but it is worth checking to be sure, as this can vary. There are several name-brand sodas that offer popular flavors in both caffeinated and caffeine-free versions. Caffeine levels can also vary by flavor, brand and type of soda. Many brown sodas have high caffeine levels.Continue Reading
Unless a soda explicitly advertises as "caffeine-free," it is safer to assume that it contains caffeine. Lemon-lime flavor sodas, such as Sprite and 7-Up, are the sodas most likely to be caffeine-free. Some popular root beer brands including Barq's, and Mugg are also caffeine-free according to their nutritional content labels.
There are many beverage alternatives to soda that don't have caffeine, such as lemonade. Just because a beverage is caffeine-free does not mean it is considered healthy, however. It is important to keep in mind other ingredients, such as sugar, that are also contained in soda and that can be problematic.
Water is the most hydrating and healthiest drink option. Water offers health benefits and hydrates the body in ways that soda and other sugary beverages cannot. While caffeine-free beverages are seen as less damaging to the body than caffeinated beverages, water is better for the digestive system, skin, hair and nails.Learn more about Soft Drinks
Different orange sodas vary slightly in ingredients; however, the ingredient list for Sunkist orange soda includes carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and sugar. The soda also contains caffeine, citric acid and sodium benzoate. Other ingredients include modified food starch, glycerol ester of wood rosin, ascorbic acid and yellow and red dyes.Full Answer >
Coke is not healthier than Pepsi because both sodas contain very similar ingredients. The major difference between the two is the amount of sweetness. From a health perspective, both beverages are full of calories and sugar, making regular consumption a cause of health issues and weight gain.Full Answer >
According to Health magazine, some of the adverse effects of diet sodas are weight gain, an increased risk of diabetes and the physical toll taken on the body due to the over-consumption of artificial sweeteners. Diet soda also has no nutritional value.Full Answer >
Dark-colored sodas are considered worse for health than light-colored sodas because they have a chemical called 4-methylimidazole that is used for coloring, which was classified as potentially carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The chemical is abbreviated as 4-Mel, but it is listed on food labels as "caramel coloring" or "artificial coloring".Full Answer >