What's Really in Your Can of Soda

<1% Caffeine

Caffeine gives soda drinkers an energy boost, but a can of Coke only provides 29 mg of the legal drug.

<1% Natural Flavoring

Include vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, lime, coca extract, and kola nut extract.

<1% Caramel Color (0.2%-0.4%)

This addition is safe if produced with water and sugar on a burner.

1% Phosphoric and Citric Acids

Citric acid, naturally found in lemons and limes, balances sugar's sweetness with sourness. It's presumably corn-based in many colas.

8.9% High-fructose Corn Syrup

Unless you're hiding under Pop-Tarts, you know HFCS is a major cause of obesity in America. You may not know its cleverly wacky production technique.

89% Carbonated Water

An ingredient we can drink guilt-free! It would be perfect with grapefruit and mint, one of our favorite homemade soda alternatives.