Monday, August 02, 2004
Dew it to it?
But then it occured to me that the whole Mountain Dew/caffeine thing might just be an urban legend. Since there's no percentage in drinking piss colored sugar water unless it's highly caffeinated I decided to do a little research googling. If this widely reproduced chart can be believed, then the urban legend is correct. No major brand soda is more heavily caffeinated than Mountain Dew.
Interestingly, Pepsi One is equally as caffeinated, but regular Pepsi only has 2/3 the caffeine. Also, Mountain Dew wanna bees Mellow Yellow, Kick Citrus, and Surge are slightly less caffeinated than Dew, but still in the same ballpark.
So how much caffeine is there in a Mountain Dew? Well, a 12 oz. can contains 55 mg, which puts a 20 oz. bottle at a shade under 92 mg.
In meaningful units, what this means is that a bottle of Mountain Dew delivers slightly less caffeine than a shot of espresso and about the same as a standard cup of coffee.
Disclaimer: This post should in no way be taken as an endorsement of Mountain Dew, let alone Super Dew.