Thursday, 29 December 2011

Decaf vs Caffeine Free – What is the difference?

Caffeine is a favorite ingredient in many different beverages from around the world. It gives people a mental boost. This has been true for literally thousands of years. The first note of a caffeinated beverage is Chinese brewing tea. Legend holds that a particular Chinese emperor began the practice around 3000 BCE. Coffee was already established when the first mention of it was made in a Persian medical text in the 9th century. The kola nut, another source of caffeine, was in common use in Africa hundreds of years ago. Cocoa beans, the source of chocolate, is found as early as the 6th century BC in Middle America.

Caffeine Free Vanilla Fit FrappeUnfortunately, caffeine is not something that everyone can take all the time or even ever. Caffeine has a stimulant effect on many people. That means it revs up the metabolism and creates an alertness not there before. That has an upside. However, it can also have a downside. It can keep people awake. For those trying to get around the caffeine, there are a couple of options: decaffeinated or caffeine free.

What is the difference between decaffeinated or caffeine free? Decaffeinated items are those from which the natural caffeine has been removed. Caffeine free items are those that have no caffeine to begin with. For example, decaffeinated black tea has a regular caffeinated tea base that goes through a process to remove the caffeine. On the other hand, herbal teas are naturally caffeine free. Many like the taste of the original caffeinated item but want the decaf version to avoid the caffeine. However, decaffeinated items still usually retain one to two percent of the original caffeine content. That can easily add up over the course of a typical day.

How do you regulate your caffeine intake? Pay attention to the caffeine content of any decaf or regular beverage you drink. For example, brewed decaf coffee can contain 0.7 mgs of caffeine for every ounce, or 5.6 mgs in an 8 ounce serving. A major coffee company’s decaf product we found has 13 mgs in a 16 ounce serving. A Big Train Decaf Mocha contains considerably less. So decaf products may are not necessarily caffeine free and may vary significantly.

If you are looking for decaf and/or caffeine free gourmet beverage products check out Big Train. You can also find plenty of items in our selection without any caffeine at all. Our Lemonade gives you a refreshing boost. Our Big Train Naturals offer real fruit smoothies without any caffeine. Fit Frappe Vanilla protein drink mix has all the energy and vitamins with no caffeine, for example. Of course many of our most popular products do have caffeine. For greater service to our foodservice professionals and home baristas everywhere, we aim to provide a great selection to meet varied nutritional requirements.

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