I’ve been learning about different kinds of sodas and came across Main Root soda.
I wondered what it was, so I did some research and here’s what I found.
Is Maine root soda healthy? Does Main root soda have caffeine? Is Main root soda gluten free? Where is Main root soda made? Here’s what you need to know about Main Root soda.
Is Maine root soda healthy?
Most of their flavors have very few ingredients and only contain organic certified cane sugar, pure water, and spices.
However, the daily recommended sugar intake is 25g to 30g per day according to NHS.uk and Harvard Medical School.
According to data provided by the US Department of Agriculture’s Research Service (USDA), Main root soda has 11g of sugar per 3.4 oz (100 mL).
Here’s a side by side comparison of the sugar content in popular sodas compared to Main root soda:
|Per 3.4 oz (100 mL)||Coca Cola||Pepsi||Dr Pepper||Maine Root soda lemon lime|
Links to the data for each soda below are:
- Dr Pepper
- Maine Root soda lemon-lime
As you can see Maine Soda has about the same sugar content as Pepsi and Dr Pepper.
But, considerably less that Coca-Cola.
A metric cup – similar to a real cup holds 8.45 oz (250 mL).
Based on the recommended amount of sugar you should consume per day, the data shows that you shouldn’t consume more than a cup of soda per day.
So, as long as you drink under this amount and as part of a balanced diet it’s healthy to drink Maine Root soda.
In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Health, it was concluded that organic food is healthier than non-organic food for a number of reasons.
The researchers found that pesticides have a negative impact on cognitive function in children.
And that various nutrients are higher in organic food compared to non-organic food.
You can check out the study by clicking here.
Does Maine Root soda have caffeine?
The other flavors they sell are:
- Root beer
- Ginger brew
- Lemon lime
- Mandarin orange
- Pumpkin pie
- Fairtrade lemon
- Maple syrup lemonade
- Ginger lemongrass lemonade
They used to make Black Tea, and Honey Ginseng Green Tea flavors, because they talk about it in their Vendor Resources.
But they are no longer listed on their website.
They say that these flavors along with Mexicane Cola contain 30g of caffeine.
It’s possible that these can be ordered from the on special request, and may be available elsewhere.
On the label for Mexicane Cola listed on Amazon, it says that it contains 40g of caffeine per 12 oz (355 mL).
This is different to what they say on their website, where they state that Mexicane Cola has 30g of caffeine.
It’s possible that the bottle listed on Amazon, is an older bottle, and they’ve since updated their formula.
In either case, this is an extremely high amount of caffeine, however, is normal compared with other popular sodas.
|Soda||Caffeine content per 12 oz – 1 can (354 mL)||Caffeine converted to mg|
|Pepsi||35g to 38g||35000 to 38000|
|Maine Root – Mexicane Cola||40g||4000|
Data provided by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Based on the recommendation of the doctors at Mayo Clinic and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the USA, the recommended daily caffeine intake is 400mg.
And 1 milligram (mg) is equal to 1000 grams.
And as you can see, sodas that do contain caffeine have WAY more than the recommended amount.
In my opinion, it’s best to stick to sodas that are caffeine free.
Is Maine Root soda gluten free?
Some products can be certified gluten free, and display this on their label.
This is usually done on sodas, as most of the well known brands don’t have it.
The website Living Allergic has said that by and large spices do not contain gluten, however, cross-contamination is possible, and some spices may have caking agents that can contain wheat.
If you have a gluten allergy I would recommend sticking with sodas that are certified gluten-free.
So far, I haven’t been able to find any sodas that are certified gluten-free.
A good idea might be to make your own craft sodas at home.
It’s very easy to do, and to be 100% sure it’s gluten free you’ll want to use a Sodastream or soda syphon to carbonate it rather than using soda water.
I wrote an article about craft sodas and how to make them which you can read by clicking [here, link: What Is Craft Soda?].
Where is Maine Root made?
I’ve sent them a message on their Facebook page.
And I’ll update this article once I hear back from them.
Is Maine Root soda vegan?
Here’s a summary of the key points I covered in this article:
Maine Root soda is a soda made from certified organic cane sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup.
It is both gluten-free and vegan.
But, neither is certified. Maine root soda contains the same amount of sugar as most popular sodas.
And only one of their flavors contains caffeine – which is Mexicane Cola.
The amount of sugar found in Maine Root soda means that the recommended intake per day is 1 cup or 8.45 oz (250 mL).