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Meet The First Caffeinated Sparkling Water

Need a boost of energy and want to quench your thirst, but are looking for a healthy alternative to energy drinks? A doctor in Louisville, Kentucky has created a sparkling water that also gives you a jolt of caffeine.

Phocus, is said to be the first-of-its-kind premium sparkling water containing natural caffeine from green tea and the natural amino acid L-theanine, which is known to reduce anxiety and relax the mind. It’s currently available in five flavors: natural, grapefruit, blood orange, peach, cucumber, and yuzu + lime.

This was all created by Dr. John Mitell, who enjoyed sodas and energy drinks, but didn’t want to be drinking them in front of patients knowing that it would be hypocritical to advise on their health while loading himself up with sugars. Phocus is kosher, vegan, non-dairy, non-GMO, and gluten free. One can contains as much caffeine as an 8 oz. cup of coffee.

Phocus retails for $1.99-$2.79 per 11.5oz. can, and is available in 12 packs for $21.99.

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Java Monster’s New Oatmilk Energy Drink Is Completely Vegan

As veganism becomes increasingly more popular, so too do the options for those who choose this way of life. Plant-based meat is absolutely booming, and there seems to be a new type of milk in the supermarket every day. When it comes to energizing drinks, though, options remain limited. Luckily, Monster’s new Java Monster Farmer’s Oats combines oatmilk, coffee, and their signature energy blend to produce an energy punch fit for any vegan in need. 

Monster’s newest recipe starts with real coffee and a plant-based version of their energy blend. These are combined, and then blended with oatmilk. Oatmilk, made by soaking oats in water and subsequently straining, acts as a creamy neutralizer that evens out the robustness of the other two ingredients.

Currently, the blend is releasing in the Farmer’s Oats flavor, which has notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla. It’s close to an oatmeal cookie, but minus the calories, as a whole can of the new drink is only 150 calories.

If you’ve ever had a bowl of oatmeal that was so good you wished that you could skip the spoon and drink it– now’s your time. 

If this sounds like it fits your lifestyle, Java Monster Farmer’s Oats is available nationwide beginning October 28th, 2019.


Created in partnership with Monster Energy. 

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Drinks Science

The Science Behind Why Caffeine Withdrawals Give You A Massive Headache

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What happens with our bodies when we’re quitting coffee? Or just skipping it? Why does it give us the mother of all headaches? As usual, science has an answer for us and it’s pretty straightforward.

I usually build my life around always being able to have coffee when I need it. I have started drinking it when I was a teenager and it’s always been the same for me: once I cannot have one until 10, maximum 11 am, I get a splitting headache that gets progressively worse and worse.

That’s because I am a total addict when it comes to coffee. My body is so used to it and it always wants its dose. Its progressively large dose, since to be honest, caffeine does nothing for me anymore. I just love the taste and want to avoid the headache if I skip it.

And everyone who’s ever tried quitting coffee ran into the same brick wall of a headache. It’s extremely hard to quit cold turkey. Especially with the added bonuses of being way too easy to get annoyed, and feeling damned exhausted all the time. Still, we have some tips for you, if you’re planning to do that.

Why Quitting Coffee Tends to Give You a Headache
Four 8-ounce coffee cups are the maximum caffeine dose you should have every day.

What science says about quitting coffee

Caffeine tends to stick to the receptors of your brain, and t does that by taking the place of a neurotransmitter called adenosine. What are neurotransmitters, you might ask? They’re the chemicals that transport messages between synapses in your brain. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter which keeps you calm and cool, while caffeine works in the opposite way.

So when you’re quitting coffee, your brain doesn’t get what’s going on and creates extra adenosine. This makes you long for more sleep and also gives you that headache that we know so well from sad days when coffee is far away.

So should you quit coffee? Well, only if you’re having huge sleep problems. And if you’re having more than four 8-ounce cups every day, then maybe stick within this guideline and don’t overdo it with the coffee.

But going cold turkey might prove to be a painful challenge. So maybe just try to drink progressively less coffee every day over a longer time frame? This will make it so much easier on yourself. And also try these alternatives to coffee, if you’re quitting. They might make things simpler for you.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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7-11 Coffee Is Surprisingly One Of The Strongest In Fast Food

We’ve all had those mornings where we just NEED that last minute cup of coffee while on the road. Not all brews are all created equal, though, so popping into one chain restaurant for a steaming mug of joe may mean you get less wired than if you ordered somewhere else.

Take the below infographic from Sleepopolis, for example. By looking at the caffeine content of different chain restaurant coffees, they were able to figure out which spots will get you the biggest wake-up boost. When it comes to some of the big names, like Dunkin’ and McDonald’s, their coffee just seems to fall short while some surprise names like 7-11 are relatively strong.

At 17.5 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce, 7-11 easily trounces some of the biggest names in coffee in terms of strength, including Dunkin’ (15 mg/fl oz), Panera Bread (11.8), and McDonald’s (9.1).

You can view the whole infographic below, with the data related to chain restaurant coffee appearing on the right-hand side.

Photo courtesy of Sleepopolis

Only Caribou, Starbucks, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf have more caffeine per fluid ounce than 7-11’s brew, making the ubiquitous convenient store a prime choice if you need to get wired without dishing out a ton of cash.

In comparison, an average cup of coffee has 12 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce. That puts Tim Horton’s and McDonald’s, two of the most ubiquitous coffee spots out there, below average in terms of caffeine content. Why that is, only one can guess.

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Each Of These Gummies Has As Much Caffeine As A Cup Of Coffee

A company has launched a set of caffeine gummies that they claim has the “highest caffeine concentration available on the market.” Each gummy has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, but apparently comes with less of the resulting jitters.

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Seattle Gummy Company’s new Mocca Shots are designed to be like coffee on the go, but in gummy form. A pack of Mocca Shots comes with 2 caffeinenated gummies, each containing 100 mg of the energy-boosting compound, which is slightly more than your average cup of coffee.

As for the jitters, Seattle Gummy Company reduces them by adding dark chocolate into their gummies. Apparently, chocolate can help reduce some of the anxious side-effects caffeine can normally have upon consumption. The gummies also help the caffeine to metabolize faster, meaning you’ll feel the energy flowing within minutes.

Mocca Shots have enough caffeine and other beneficial functions to compete with coffee, especially on the go. As such, it’s a potential challenge to coffee itself, since it equals or beats the beverage on caffeine, side-effects, and convenience.

You can get four two-packs of the caffeine gummies for $9.99. You can find them on Seattle Gummy Company’s website or at various retailers throughout Seattle.

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10 Tips From a Former Barista That Will Ensure The Best Coffee Experience Ever

Listen, I get that the empire that is Starbucks has been crumbling in the past few weeks. With closures due to public outrage, the coffee conglomerate has seen better days.

However, it doesn’t mean that one bad egg ruins the bunch. The bunch is human, the bunch gets that what happened is abhorred, the bunch still has to go into work the next day and deal with the hundreds of people yelling and screaming at their faces for something so insignificant like coffee being too bitter.

So show the bunch some humanity.

I’m not asking for sympathy, just decency towards the people that have been up since 4 A.M. trying to give you a little pep in your step.

I’ve been a barista for five years, give or take. I’ve seen pretty much everything there is to see when it comes to inept customers not getting the simple and relatively easy to understand ins and outs about coffee.

I see how this complaint could be petty, but petty turns to torture when it’s hammered into my head every day. The fact that I have nightmares of my face melting off from someone angrily throwing coffee at my face, telling me it tastes “like dirt,” is a problem.

Instead of getting angry for not getting what you want like a child, there are steps you can take to  keep your latte from being spat into, and make your experience a little more pleasant at your local coffee shop

If You’re in Line, Decide

Figure out what you want before you get to the register. I can’t tell you how many times someone will mess around on their phone until they get to the register and still not know what they want. I’m not your mom, I’m your barista, I will help you if you know what you want. If not, at least lead with that.

Caffeine ≠ Coffee

Too many times people will walk in and say they want coffee, but aren’t down to drink a 16 oz cup of dark roast, or squeal when their cup is full of espresso. If you want coffee, say coffee; if you want caffeine, that’s a different story.  There’s so much more for you if you want caffeine. You can have espresso, iced coffee, cold brew, tea, or a mix.

There’s More Than One Type

Not all beans are equal. Certain coffee beans produce a different flavor profile and complexity. Even Starbucks, with their unicorn bs, still has three different types of coffee brewing in the morning. Ask the difference and taste it too, you’ll have a better morning if you have the coffee you like best.

Hot is Different From Burnt

Extra hot milk is just burned milk. Anything over 200 degrees is just burned. If you’re trying to save it for later just get a stopper to keep the heat from escaping, or get it later, I doubt there isn’t a starbucks around wherever you are.

Ethnocentricism is no Excuse

Cold brew has been around for a long time. Just because Starbucks recently began doling out the new drink doesn’t mean they created it. According to historical records, cold brew finds its origins in Japan, specifically in Kyoto. It used to be referred to as Kyoto-style coffee, and only recently has been proliferate amongst US markets. See, pretty interesting huh? Ask a barista, and if they’ve got an ounce of intelligence and care, they’ll gladly tell you any further information or tidbits.

Don’t Play Yourself

Milk/cream and sugar are not needed. Sometimes the reason your coffee tastes so bad is because it’s just not the right type. Not all black coffee is a bitter charcoal pit. This isn’t a one size fits all type of situation. Just like there are different flavors of tea, there are different roasts with varying characteristics. Experiment a little, baristas are there to help you with that. Don’t just say it’s gross and expect us to read your mind, tell us what flavors you’re into.

This is Not That

If you order a Caramel Frappuccino with extra caramel because you want “coffee,” I will slap you. In my mind, at least.

There Are Actual Sizes

“Regular” is not and has never been a size. I assume you mean medium, which is mostly correct, but for those special folks that think I’m being dumb when I ask what exactly they mean, regular is not real.

Seek Within

If you really don’t know what you want, just ask yourself these three questions: 1. Do I want something hot or cold? 2. Do I want caffeine? 3. Do I want sugar? If you just tell your barista these three things and give them free reign to do whatever, they’ll have a blast and you’ll probably find a new favorite drink.

Enjoy

Overall, enjoy the experience that the barista is trying to impart. We genuinely care about the coffee, it’s what’s keeping us from throwing a bagel in your face at 5 in the morning. So take a minute, soak in the environment and know this isn’t a vending machine, it’s a cafe and we have real beans with real hot water and real people, not a robot.

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80s Soda Favorite Jolt Cola Is Back To Power Your All-Nighters Once More

In 2005, 80s soda icon Jolt Cola left shelves amongst some “bad business decisions,” like a battery can and energy drink rebrand that didn’t do so hot. However, after 12 years, the soda is hitting shelves once again for fans of the 80s and college students alike to get wired on once more.

jolt cola

Photo courtesy of Jolt Cola.

Jolt Cola has just dropped into Dollar General stores across the country, where its $1 price point is half the cost of a typical 8 ounce Red Bull can. It should be a new cheap option for students, gamers, hackers, and others looking to pull all-nighters for whatever reason. At 160 milligrams of caffeine and 50 grams of sugar per 16 ounce can, Jolt will definitely have you bouncing off the walls.

In fact, a 16 ounce can of Jolt has just 2 grams less sugar than Coca-Cola and slightly more caffeine than a 16-ounce Red Bull, which checks in at 148 mg. That’s a lot of energy packed inside of a can, but you do wanna watch that sugar.

Nonetheless, Jolt is back and ready to fuel your late nights once more.

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9 Everyday Foods That Could Kill Your Cat

Owning a pet of any kind brings joy, companionship and most of all — responsibility. So, even if you’re experienced with animals, it’s your job to make sure your felines are healthy and happy. One of the easiest ways to monitor your pet’s well-being is closely monitoring a diet that’s toxin-free in order to keep your furry roommate’s tummy out of harm’s way.

If you’re one of the 85.8 million people that own a cat, then you know it’s not often you have to watch everything that goes into it’s mouth, since cats are generally very fussy eaters. While our claw-equipped fur pillows might express some curiosity every time you make a tuna sandwich — that doesn’t mean you should feel inclined to make two.

With that said, here’s a few of the most common human foods that could actually be fatal to felines. So, take note to ensure that culinary curiosity doesn’t kill your cat.

1. Tuna & Poke

What can it do?

Although poke maybe be delicious, it’s not the best treat for your cat.

Actually, in excess tuna — and other fish—  in general is considered to be borderline unhealthy for cats because tuna doesn’t contain the nutrients cats need for a healthy digestive system.

Too much tuna for cats can lead to malnutrition. Additionally, poke is usually made with freshly squeezed lemon or citrus juice, which can cause vomiting, stomach irritation, and other digestive issues for our feline companions.

2. Fish & Poultry With Bones

What can it do?

Be careful if you feed your cats chicken or fish that might contain bones, as cats can easily choke on them. Fish bones are somewhat flexible, and can easily be consumed by a hungry kitty.

But let’s err on the side of caution here.

3. Alcohol

What can it do?

One teaspoon of alcohol can put a five pound cat into a coma, according to the ASPCA. Cat livers don’t operate as efficiently as the human liver  — which means wine, beer or spirits can cause serious health problems.

So, even if you and your cat are relaxing after a hard day at work, and you feel inclined to pour a little of alcohol into his or her bowl —  don’t.

However, if you feel like your cat just needs to, “wine” about their day of sleeping and watching birds, this cat wine will provide a healthy alternative.

 

4. Caffeine

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What can it do?

Even small amounts of caffeine can cause rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors in cats.

Caffeine can be found in an array of products — even decaf coffee, teas, and other beverages — without consumer knowledge.

Since caffeine isn’t a nutrient, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t require food manufacturers to list caffeine as food nutrition labels.

5. Chocolate

What can it do?

While dogs are more likely to get into a stash of indulgent chocolate before a cat does, it’s still a good idea to keep it out of kitty’s reach.

Theobromine is an alkaloid found in chocolate, which can cause everything from vomiting and diarrhea.

It’s estimated that more than 200 mg of theobromine can also cause cardiac failure.

 

6. Grapes & Raisins

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What can it do?

While grapes and raisins might seem like harmless treats for your cat, it’s a silent killer.

However, it’s unknown exactly what compound in grapes and raisins that make the fruit toxic to cats. If ingested, grapes have been known to cause kidney failure in them.

7. Candy, Gum, Toothpaste, or anything with Xylitol

What can it do?

Every diet soda you drink contains Xylitol, which is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in a lot of common foods. However, it will be anything but sweet to your inquisitive cat.

Xylitol can increase in the insulin circulating through your cat’s body, which will cause the cat’s blood sugar to drop, and can also lead to liver failure.

8. Baking Dough

What can it do?

Imagine your cat’s tummy as a tiny oven — if it eats uncooked dough, it will begin to expand inside.

This will obviously result in some discomfort to your four-legged friend, so be sure to keep baking dough out of kitty’s claws and jaws.

9. Raw Meat

What can it do?

Raw meat is never safe to eat due to the harmful bacteria, like salmonella, E. Coli and even listeria — which can cause an array of health issues for humans and their pets.

Always make sure your meat is covered and out of reach, you never know when kitty will hop up on the kitchen counter to investigate.