Is that caffeine in your beverage really “natural”?

April 10, 2012
Volume 09    |   Issue 15

In last week’s alert, I mentioned that caffeinated drinks can help your muscles release calcium. But not all caffeine is created equal. In fact, some caffeine is quite good for you. But one type of caffeine is not.

That’s right! There are different types of caffeine. You may be drinking a beverage that contains caffeine made by plants. Or you could be drinking synthetic caffeine made in a laboratory from petroleum. And the manufacturer of the beverages can label both of them as “natural.”

The FDA and other regulatory agencies require the manufacturer to list caffeine on the package label. But they don’t require it to indicate whether the caffeine comes from plants or synthetic sources.

As of right now, there’s no science telling us whether the synthetic version has any beneficial effect on your body. But we know from other petroleum based products, such as plastic, that ingesting it is not a good idea. So it’s vital you stay away from products with the synthetic caffeine.

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Since the label won’t tell if the product has synthetic caffeine or not, there’s one way to know you’re getting the beneficial caffeine — buy beverages marked “organic.” It’s the only way to know for sure.

Whether you have osteoporosis or any other health challenge, this is just one more reason to eat only organic foods and drinks as much as possible.

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Lijun Zhang, Dorothea M. Kujawinski, Eugen Federherr, Torsten C. Schmidt, Maik A. Jochmann. Caffeine in Your Drink: Natural or Synthetic? Analytical Chemistry, 2012; :120306094119006 DOI: 10.1021/ac203197d

American Chemical Society (2012, March 7). That caffeine in your drink -- is it really 'natural?'. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 8, 2012, from

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