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FOOD HOLIDAY: Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day

Do you know what this is? Chances are,
you’ve consumed it (and some people
consume it a lot!). Photo by Bob Walker |


Today is National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day. Yes, some of these official food holidays are quirky. But each one offers a teaching moment.

There are only six plants on earth that contain caffeine. Quick: close your eyes and try to name them.

They are:

  • Cacao: the cacao bean (the seeds of a tree fruit) is used to make chocolate and cocoa.
  • Coffee: the leaves, cherries and seeds all contain caffeine; the seeds are roasted to become coffee beans.
  • Kola: the nut of the tree is used to make cola drinks (that’s it in the photo).
  • Guaraná: the seed is extracted as a beverage ingredient; it’s present in just about every energy drink.
  • Tea: the leaf of the plant is an herb that has become a culinary mainstay throughout the world.

  • Yerba maté: the leaf of a tree that’s a member of the holly family, it is brewed like tea and drunk in parts of South America the way some Americans drink coffee: continuously, for vitality and mental clarity (more about yerba maté).
    What do all of these foods with caffeine have in common?

  • They’re all leaves, nuts or seeds of trees.
  • They’re all used to make beverages.
    As you sip your caffeinated beverage, think of how much you’ve learned!


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