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Jen78fl's Avatar Jen78fl 03:29 PM 10-16-2010
Hi all.. Can anyone give me suggestions on a caffeinated soda that doesnt have a ton of sugar but that isnt diet either?? I normally drink mountain dew in the morning mainly just to wake me up (I dont like coffee,makes me too wired) ... I just hate to be getting all that sugar though, and I dont want to drink diet sodas with the aspartame or sucraolose... Does anyone have any suggestions on an alternative?? Thanks everyone!


SummerLove's Avatar SummerLove 03:53 PM 10-16-2010
I was going to say IZZE, but that's not caffinated. I'd look in the natural section of the store, they usually have natural sodas with less sugar.
Jen78fl's Avatar Jen78fl 05:35 PM 10-16-2010
Hmm. I usually go to wal mart, not sure they have a natural section. lol wondering if I need to go to whole foods ...
JamieCatheryn's Avatar JamieCatheryn 05:36 PM 10-16-2010
I'd suggest mixing plain soda water with your favorite caffeinated soda (preferably a delicious HFCS-free one).
Jen78fl's Avatar Jen78fl 08:19 PM 10-16-2010
Thanks for the tip Jamie!
Katielady's Avatar Katielady 08:22 PM 10-16-2010
There aren't a lot of low-sugar sodas out there that also have caffeine. Maybe you could experiment with making different types of caffeinated iced tea, and keep some on hand in a pitcher in the fridge?
tanyam926's Avatar tanyam926 01:16 AM 10-17-2010
I don't know about caffeine but I love Zevia, it is made w/Stevia and the orange flavor is soooo yummy.

Here's the link:
Jen78fl's Avatar Jen78fl 11:21 AM 10-17-2010
Thanks everyone..

Tea is an idea..

Also, the zevia might be good also.. I am thinking they have a cola that has caffeine it... I would probably need to go to whole foods for that..
Annie Mac's Avatar Annie Mac 11:39 AM 10-17-2010
You can buy flavoured syrups (lime cordial comes to mind) & mix with fizzy water. Or, even better, mix juice with fizzy water. My personal fave is cran-raspberry. Or even pure juice, not a blend. Not as sweet, but I bet you will grow to like it even better.
theatermom's Avatar theatermom 11:51 AM 10-17-2010
Hmmm... I've never seen a natural low sugar/non diet soda with caffeine. I would love to find one.
MariesMama's Avatar MariesMama 12:10 PM 10-17-2010
I used to mix juice concentrate with soda water when I was pregnant, instead of drinking the gallons of Faygo that my body demanded. As for the caffeine, maybe just a caffeine pill? I know that's terrible, but I understand the need for caffeine as well as soda.

Tea will make you much less "wired" feeling than coffee, however.
CookiePie's Avatar CookiePie 07:03 PM 10-17-2010
Have you ever had kombucha? It contains caffeine & has bubbles, but it isn't soda! There are lots of flavors to choose from. You can get it at the health food store or WF. If you like it, you can make your own for pennies! I'm hooked on the stuff!
tsfairy's Avatar tsfairy 07:11 PM 10-17-2010
I like to add juice to sparkling water when I need a soda fix without the sugar... Not sure what is available with caffeine though.
carmel23's Avatar carmel23 07:15 PM 10-17-2010
Maybe Izze or Orangina... but those don't have caffine... :

If I want a caffinated soda I always drink a Mexican Coke. They are made with real cane sugar, NOT HFCS.... which is just better for you.

But I drink like 2 sodas a year
Starry-eyedMom's Avatar Starry-eyedMom 07:18 PM 10-17-2010
I love Zevia, too. Virgil's diet sodas are made with xylitol and stevia and are really delicious. I believe both brands have a cola option.
noobmom's Avatar noobmom 09:47 PM 10-17-2010
I'd drink unsweetened iced tea. Doesn't get more natural than that.
Ruthla's Avatar Ruthla 01:27 PM 10-18-2010
IF coffee makes you jittery, then try green or black tea. OR maybe try a half cup of coffee, or coffee that's half caffeinated/half decaf. Then you can add your own sweetener to the beverage (sugar, molasses, honey, agave, stevia, etc.)

Mountain Dew also has artificial color in it, which makes some people wired or jumpy. That might be affecting you as much as the sugar content, especially if you don't otherwise consume a lot of artificial colors.
mumm's Avatar mumm 06:09 PM 10-18-2010
I was going to suggest seltzer cut with some juice. But for caffeine I would suggest tea with the sweetner of your choice.
rhianna813's Avatar rhianna813 06:28 PM 10-18-2010
Yeah I agree with the suggestion to drink black tea either hot or iced, and you can sweeten it yourself. This would be very inexpensive too. And I can tell you black tea does not make you jumpy like coffee.

Or Kombucha! It's fermented black tea that is fizzy, and comes in flavours. It has health benefits because of the fermentation. It is mostly likely sweetened with a natural substance, not artificial sweetner or HFCS.

Brands are:

Only downside is price. Way more than Dew LOL

Here is info on making it yourself:

Martha27's Avatar Martha27 08:28 PM 10-18-2010
another non-caf but Polar puts out a new "soda" that I love called Fruit Appeal. they have like 5 flavors and it's great! only like 12g of sugar and has the fizzyness I crave! totally satisfies my soda craving and I dont feel too bad drinking it
batlvr's Avatar batlvr 03:33 PM 10-19-2010
I have to echo the carbonated water with a splash of juice idea. It really tastes great, very refreshing, and you can control the sugar depending on how much juice you add and buy using 'no sugar added' juices as well.
neptunemama's Avatar neptunemama 03:38 PM 10-19-2010
Zevia makes a couple of their sodas with caffeine. The cola one has 45 mg caffeine. And their Dr. Zevia has 33 mg caffeine.