Where Does Your Caffeine Come From?
Not All Caffeine is Created Equal
Caffeine is the most widely used stimulant in the world, with at least 80 percent of Western adults consuming enough to have an effect on the brain.
No doubt, you have experienced the effects of caffeine, and have used it to power through a morning, accelerate your workout, or stay mentally sharp. The benefits of caffeine are easy to identify, but where does it come from?
Caffeine, when used as a supplement, comes from 3 main sources: a bean, a leaf, or a lab.
Humans have enjoyed the natural sources of caffeine for millennia, but the lab-grown synthetic type was first produced in Germany in 1819. Since then, it has been a staple of chemical producers, and was one of the first products of the chemical company Monsanto. Now, most caffeine used as an additive to energy and soft drinks is synthesized in chemical plants in China, Germany, and India from chemical precursors, such as urea and chloroacetic acid.
At Liquid Core®, we take every ingredient very seriously. Our Energy Brands are produced in the Liquid Core® Gum Company Factory, located at in Denver, Colorado, so unlike other energy gum marketers that outsource production to contract chewing gum factories, we have control over every ingredient that goes into our product.
Although synthetic caffeine is less expensive, we choose natural caffeine sourced from green coffee beans. Our customers share their stories with us about how they use Apollo®, Golf Gum®, FLY GUM® or OverClocked Energy Gum® to enhance their performance and their lives, and we feel obligated to produce the cleanest, healthiest, most portable energy possible.
We'll leave the ultimate decision to you, but next time you're looking to caffeine for a boost, would you rather it come from a chemical plant, or a coffee plantation?
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