My husband, Nick, hates coffee. He also hates soda. And tea. Basically he hates the taste of anything caffeinated. And when I say "hate," I mean he honestly cannot get it down his throat. This, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. But there are instances in life, where you just need a little caffeine to get through a situation-- maybe a late meeting, maybe a long drive, etc.
So instead of drinking coffee or Coke in these instances, Nick takes a caffeine pill. He's kind of known for it. He calls it his "coffee." Now, this amounts to him taking it 1-2 times a week.
When people hear this, they give him a hard time. (Basically insinuating he's a drug addict.) I will agree that caffeine is a drug. But, do we say that to people who drink coffee everyday? Or to people who drink Coke everyday? Or hot tea, or iced tea?
Let me give you a breakdown of actual caffeine amounts:
Caffeine pill- 200mg
Starbucks tall (small) coffee- 260 mg
Coca Cola Classic (12oz)- 34.5mg
Tea, iced or brewed (8 oz)- 47 mg
So, let's process that info a little.
So lets say Nick ends up taking 2 of these pills a week-- 400 mg of caffeine per week.
- Someone drinking one cup of the $1 Mc Donald's Iced Tea per day ingests 1809.5 mg of caffeine per week.
- Someone drinking one small cup of Starbucks coffee each day ingests 1820 mg of caffeine per week.
- Someone drinking one 20 ounce Coke a day ingests 402.5mg of caffeine per week. (Diet Coke actually has 40% more caffeine than regular.)
What do you think?
Is it creepy to take caffeine pills instead of drinking coffee? Click through to vote at my blog.
And while you're pondering your vote, enjoy this little snippet a friend sent his way about caffeine pill addiction. :)