This product could replace your morning coffee.
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For the majority of us, passing an entire morning without an ounce of coffee or tea seems unbearable. Others may not like the strong flavor profiles of coffee or energy drinks, but still crave an energy boost. Those in the latter camp used to not have many sugar- or carb-free options, but now there's a new product on the fringe of the beverage industry – caffeinated water.

You may be asking yourself: Why would anyone be interested in caffeinated water? Beyond the preference in taste, many brands of caffeinated water on the market contain a less-concentrated amount of caffeine than you'd find elsewhere.

An average serving of coffee – many can easily drink 16 ounces each morning – can pack as much as 180 milligrams, making it feasible to surpass your recommended daily serving quickly. Brierley Horton, Cooking Light’s nutrition director, says that anyone who stays within 400 milligrams of caffeine a day is safe – but three or four cups of coffee later, that’s no longer the case.

With a bottle of caffeinated water, a single serving of the popular Avitae brand is 90 milligrams, which feasibly is much more manageable than coffee. You’d have to knock back quite a few of these bottles to come close to surpassing your safe daily limit.

Another popular characteristic of caffeinated beverages on the market is their sugar content: sugary sodas, outrageous iced coffees, or even chocolate-based cold brews.

You might be surprised to hear that caffeinated water is just that – water and caffeine, no sugar added. If you’re looking for a way to replace a sugary soda or energy drinks but still want a rush of energy, caffeinated water might be that magic potion you’ve been looking for.