My boss (Japanese) is very kind and always wants to buy me a drink. He was giving me all the Arizona tea and sweetened Lipton green tea he had, and it was hard for me because I didn't want to be rude and decline, but I didn't want to have to deal with 200 extra calories or so on those days. So I finally told him that I don't like drinking sweetened drinks, so no thank you. And being the absolute sweetheart that he is, he's started getting me unsweetened green tea called Oi Ocha by the company Ito En (it's not hard to find these kinds of unsweetened beverages in Hawaii, luckily!). So... this seems like a really good setup.. I get to drink something besides water a few times a week, and it's 0 calories too! (I won't drink anything with artificial sweeteners, so if I'm not having water or milk, I simply go the unsweetened route).
My only concern is the caffeine. I don't drink anything at all with caffeine... I used to drink pop but gave it up completely, I've never even TASTED an energy drink, and I've never even had more than a sip of coffee. So I consider myself NOT reliant on caffeine.
But I looked up the caffeine and I'm getting 40 mg per can from it (I drink about 3 cans a week, I'd reckon), and one can of COKE only has 34 mg... so it seems like a lot. Is 120mg of caffeine a week possibly going to negatively affect my system, or is it genuinely negligible? I haven't relied on caffeine up to now, so I see no reason to start!