Think your Coca-Cola is America’s nectar? Wrong!
I never really thought where caffeine came from (and I think about where stuff comes from a lot) until I heard Murray Carpenter on NPR this morning discussing his new book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us.
Caffeine comes from plants and acts as an insecticide. So it can be natural, but most of the caffeine in soft drinks is produced in a factory, and the largest caffeine factory in the world is in…. China.
Carpenter described the factory he “got close to one”:
It was sketchy. It was not what I expected. It was sort of a run down industrial park.
I’m drinking caffeine right now, and you probably are too. Carpenter’s interview is worth a listen to learn more about your daily ritual.