Does sprite have caffeine? Sprite does not have caffeine, but it is loaded with sugar, citric acid, high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate and these all have artificial flavoring and preservatives. The sugar in sprite will increase your energy levels similar to caffeine.
Sprite was first created in 1951 and was first sold in the U.S in 1961 by the Coca-Cola company.
Does Sprite have caffeine and is it healthy? Photo credit: iStock- Christian Horz
The nutrition facts of a 20-ounce Sprite are 230 calories, 0 mg of caffeine, 50 grams of sugar and 100mg of sodium. The added sugar in Sprite can give you a good jolt of energy even though it doesn’t have caffeine. The negative symptoms of excessive added sugar from caffeine are Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and other health issues and conditions.
The American Heart Association recommends for adults to consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar daily for men. And no more than 25 grams of added daily sugar for women.
The difference between Sprite Sugar Zero compared to Sprite is the artificial sugar. The artificial sugar that is in Sprite Sugar Zero is aspartame. Sprite sugar zero is caffeine free also and many people believe it is the healthier version of Sprite because it has artificial sugar. Studies on the effects of artificial sweeteners is still inconclusive.
“The negative symptoms of excessive added sugar from caffeine are Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and other health issues and conditions. The American Heart Association recommends for adults to consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar daily for men. And no more than 25 grams of added daily sugar for women.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike
Some of the healthier alternatives to drinking Sprite are club soda with a lemon. Or just lime juice or possibly just drinking water and adding a lemon to it. Or if you are ok with just having some caffeine then coffee or tea can help boost your energy.
One of the reasons why too much caffeine can be harmful because it can cause insomnia, anxiety, extreme jitteriness, nausea, high blood pressure and potential migraines.
The Bottom Line is Sprite is a caffeine-free soda. The extra added sugar in Sprite can give you a good boost of energy even without the caffeine. Sprite should be limited in your diet because too much of it could cause health issues because of the high sugar intake.
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