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Soda: The Worst New Can on Grocery Store Shelves

You may want to skip over this next one next time you're at the store.
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While any soda can do some real damage if you drink too many in one sitting—especially these Warning Signs You're Drinking Too Much Soda—there's one insidious new soda on shelves that can land you in the hospital if you drink too many. Thanks to increased caffeine content, Coke's new Coca-Cola with Coffee can do more damage than your average sugary drink.

Here's why, and for even more helpful drinking tips, be sure to read up on our list of the 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are.

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According to Coca-Cola, the drink contains 69 milligrams of caffeine, thanks to added coffee powder and an extra bit of additional caffeine thrown in, making for a stimulating drink that puts this beverage in a more dangerous position than its competitors.

Due to the increased levels of caffeine in the soda, drinkers can develop an addiction to the stimulant. According to a study found in the Journal of Caffeine Research, regular consumption of small amounts of caffeine like what is found in this beverage can lead towards mental and physical dependence, coming with all of the health risks that follow addiction. Even if you avoid any addictive effects of the new beverage, drinking too many of these new sodas at once leads to a side effect you wouldn't see in most other drinks.

While drinking a 6-pack of regular Coke won't make you feel great, drinking too many of these new Cokes with Coffee could land you in the hospital. Due to the 69 milligrams of caffeine found in a 12 ounce can, we have a higher chance of contracting stimulant psychosis from drinking too many of these sodas. According to a study published in CNS Spectrums, researchers found that overconsumption of caffeine leads to stimulant psychosis in generally healthy people, and if you can't put down the soda, this particular new drink might lead you to this condition typically seen in users of amphetamines. When you face this condition by drinking one too many cans of Coke with Coffee, it makes sense to drink in moderation as much as possible.

While technically your body is allowed to have up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, it's important to note how much of it you are consuming—especially when it's mixed in with a sugary beverage like Coca-Cola. According to a study published in Psychopharmacy, regular doses of caffeine generally cause an increase in rapid breathing and increased stress. With continued use, people who enjoy the beverage even face the risk of increased blood pressure and the host of complications that arise from the disorder, as documented in a study published in Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

When you feel the urge to reach for a soda, grab one with a smaller amount of caffeine, especially if you love to have a few cans in one sitting. Otherwise, you might end up facing a slew of well-documented problems you would never expect from a soft drink.

Erich Barganier
Erich Barganier is a health and food writer. Read more