Why Spark Instead of Coffee or Soda?

Why Spark Instead of Coffee or Soda?

Posted on 08. Sep, 2011 by in Advo Info

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I get a lot of questions about why to eliminate coffee on the Herbal Cleanse if Spark has caffeine.

Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in over 60 plant species worldwide. It has proven benefits for increased energy, mental alertness and as an aid in weight management.  It is provided in AdvoCare products as a purified ingredient or as a component of an herbal extract.  With Spark you do not have the acidity of coffee.

I must admit that when I did my first Herbal Cleanse, I worried about giving up my coffee habit and getting headaches.    Well, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the fresh taste of Advocare Spark Energy Drink, and never got a headache or any negative effects.  In fact, I found that I was able to concentrate better, and didn’t have the “ups and downs” that I used to get when drinking coffee.  In fact, I liked Spark so much, that I have never had a cup of coffee since, and that is pretty amazing given that I was choking down 2-3 cups a day prior to my first cleanse in October 2009.

Here is some additional information about how AdvoCare Spark® Energy Drink compares with Starbucks® coffee, Coca-Cola® and Red Bull® in terms of content and nutritional composition.

The comparison between AdvoCare Spark Energy Drink with Starbucks Grande Iced Café Mocha, Coca-Cola and Red Bull is presented in the table below. AdvoCare Spark products contain over 20 ingredients designed to support mental energy and focus. AdvoCare Spark contains no free sugar or fat. Starbucks coffee delivers large amounts of calories in the form of carbohydrates and fat as well as large amounts of caffeine. Coca-Cola is primarily a carbohydrate and caffeine delivery system while Red Bull is high in carbohydrates and taurine with moderate amounts of caffeine. The more complex AdvoCare Spark formula is designed to meet a broad range of physiological functions necessary for mental processing and energy as compared to the other products.

ADVOCARE® SPARK Starbucks® Grande Iced Café Mocha Coca-Cola® Red Bull®
Calories 45 330 146 110
Total Carbohydrates 11 g 38 g 41 g 28 g
Sugars 0 28 g 41 g 27 g
Total Fat 0 19 g 0 0
Sodium 0 85 mg 50 mg 200 mg
Vitamin C 300% 0 0 0
Vitamin E 100% 0 0 0
Thiamine & Riboflavin 200% each 0 0 0
Niacin 300% 0 0 100%
Vitamins B-6 & B-12 750% each 0 0 250% & 83%
Pantothenic acid 500% 0 0 50%
L-Tyrosine 500 mg 0 0 0%
Choline 500 mg 0 0 0%
Taurine 200 mg 0 0 1000 mg
GABA 50 mg 0 0 0%
Total Caffeine 120 mg 175 mg 35 mg 80 mg

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55 Responses to “Why Spark Instead of Coffee or Soda?”

  1. Shannon

    20. Aug, 2014

    I have someone questioning the amount of caffeine in spark compared to pop?

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  2. susan

    19. Aug, 2014

    It’s amazing how evasive the responses are to the caffeine question. Put sine science behind it and people will stop asking. Come io with a coffee flavor spark. A good one.

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  3. Jennifer

    23. Jul, 2014

    On Day 10 of the Cleanse and I am craving a Caffe Americano from Starbucks. Haven’t cheated once. Is it okay to have one?

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    • AdvoGirl

      05. Aug, 2014

      @ Jennifer,
      You are asking for permission to go off the plan?

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      • Rhonda Oden

        07. Aug, 2014

        Hi Advogirl,

        I am on Day 14 of the 24 day challenge and was wondering if I could drink “Unsweet Tea”?

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  4. Rosie

    27. Jun, 2014

    Herbal tea with spark is very yummy…I like to get creative

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  5. Guil

    11. Jun, 2014

    AdvoCare does not talk much about the V16 drink which is the equivalent of Spark without caffeine. Why is that?

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  6. Mibawi

    19. Apr, 2014

    I understand not having certain beverages because of the caffeine but what about decaffeinated drinks (ie. tea)?

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  7. Tamed

    15. Apr, 2014

    Seriously all this fuss about no coffee for 10 days? I was drinking 4 or more cups a day plus soda & had no problems it’s only 10 days. Take the energy of disputing it & put it Into giving the 10 days 100% & see how you feel!

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  8. Jess

    04. Apr, 2014

    I took a probiotic by accident instead of the herbal cleanse before bed. Should I still take the herbal cleanse tonight & what about tomorrow morning

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  9. Julie

    08. Mar, 2014

    I’m on day 4 and drink the 8 oz of water with a scoop of Spark. I have headaches, feel somewhat nauseated and cannot sleep through the night. I’m wondering if it’s my personal reaction to Spark. I’d like to continue with the Challenge and wonder if cutting the scoop in half would help. Any others with similar experience and any advice?

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  10. Angela

    10. Feb, 2014

    Can you have root vegetables on the 10 day..like fresh beets?

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    • AdvoGirl

      12. Feb, 2014

      @ Angela,
      Small amounts of carrots, onions are fine. Beets are high in sugar – would avoid on the cleanse. Go for broccoli, asparagus, celery, zucchini, summer squash, string beans, cauliflower, etc.

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  11. Karen

    04. Feb, 2014

    As a dentist, I am very concerned about the acidity of cleanses and juicing and it’s effect on the teeth. What is the ph of Spark?

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  12. Amie mcdavid

    22. Jan, 2014

    So I just need a straight answer. I am on day 10 today and I have not cheated AT ALL! Can I have coffee tomorrow or no? Thats the only thing I miss and I smell it everywhere!!!!!!

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  13. cathy

    22. Oct, 2013

    I had horrible coffee/caffeine withdrawal for the first 3 days and was ready to quit the whole thing so I poured a cup of coffee till then had to pee!!! So while in bathroom I jumped on scale to see if I had lost anything and to my surprise I had lost 3 pounds! I came out and poured coffee down the drain…Im on day 8 of the 24 day challenge. I must say I am going to have a cup on day 11 after the 10 day cleanse. ..no two ways about it!!! Just to see if it still tastes soooo good and for drinking that godforsaken fiber crap drink. My reward to myself!!!

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  14. Amy

    16. Sep, 2013

    I have an issue with Spark, as it contains artificial sweeteners. I wonder if I could substitute green tea or oolong tea instead of coffee. Artificial sweeteners, by the way, are far more dangerous to your body than natural coffee, so please don’t try to sell me on the benefits of Spark.

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  15. Sally

    08. Sep, 2013

    I enjoy a cup of coffee in the evening. I am on the 24 day challenge and was not told to eliminate coffee. I like to drink it black and I like the warmth. It is mostly my after dinner drink in the evening instead of dessert. I love the spark and drink it during the day. I was afraid to drink it at night thinking it might keep me up? I have no side effects from giving up coffee. I just like it. :)

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  16. Michelle

    04. Sep, 2013

    I noticed that you only made a comparison of a larger-than-normal espresso-based drink (which doesn’t have more caffeine than the equivalent in cups of coffee) that included milk an syrup — I’m still wondering: what about black drip coffee, which actually has less caffeine than Spark per cup?

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  17. Ellen

    27. Aug, 2013

    I’m on my 2nd day of the Cleanse, and I’ve been trying to find an answer to a coffee question that makes sense. I drink coffee black, no sugar. I’ve seen questions asked on this blog, but no straight answer from ADVOGirl, except “we recommend Spark” and “acidity” issue. So, based on that, I sense that coffee is OK, but since the company doesn’t profit from it, they won’t tell you that it’s OK to drink coffee. A little dishonest, I’d say.

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    • AdvoGirl

      04. Sep, 2013

      @ Ellen,
      During the cleanse we eliminate coffee, dairy, alcohol, sugar, etc. to help with addictions and prepare the body for good health and healthy weight loss.

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  18. Lisa

    18. Jan, 2013

    What about all natural caffeine pills instead of sparks?

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  19. kim

    03. Dec, 2012

    What is the protocol on tea? My mother is taking the challenge with me and she drinks a lot of mcdonalds unsweetend tea. Is that ok or should she limit it?

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  20. Ted

    12. Oct, 2012

    I am on day five of the 10 day cleanse, and still have a hard time with this argument about coffee vs spark. As said earlier, if you want to put up a comparison, do it with just coffee black with no additions. The only thing I keep seeing as a rebuttal is that spark has no acid. So what. Caffeine is a natural byproduct of coffee beans. Has no different affect than spark, other than it has added vitamins, why could you not drink coffee? As I can’t see any real reason not to drink coffee, I choose to add it to my allowances. So far I’m down six pounds, and still not sure if it’s the products or just the change in diet. I am thankful that my girlfriend talked me into it though. What Advocare has done is given me the catalyst for change.

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  21. Tracy

    26. Sep, 2012

    Spark and green tea transfers caffeine in a nutritional way versus coffee and soda the acidity way. The way spark delivers energy is through natural caffein and vitamin sources. Plus you don’t get crashes or jitters. With soda and coffee when you crash on the caffein you tend to crave sweets or some sort of food to pick that rush back up. Now If you do get jittery you probably need to switch to a different energy source that Advocare offers called V-16. This product contains no caffein but still gives you the great energy your looking for.

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  22. Mike

    15. Aug, 2012

    I am also very interested in the substitution of Spark with coffee. Honestly, I understand Advocare is a for-profit company; they will make money if we drink more of their products and less than alternatives (like coffee).

    But in essence, we can have both- evidently. The acidity in coffee doesn’t bother some people, and we enjoy the nutritional value of Spark.

    Just some kind thoughts. If you wish to compare Advocare Spark with a Starbucks alternative, then please do it apples to apples, meaning Spark to a regular Grande coffee – not some crazy overly-caloric beverage like a Starbucks® Grande Iced Café Mocha. You might as well throw a Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha in there as well (that one has 440 calories- makes your skew even more skewish).

    A regular grande Starbucks Pike coffee has 5 calories, and with Soy Milk, adds 3 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbs and 6 grams of protein.

    This comparison would seem more fair and less exposed to criticism. I agree that the cleanse seems more seamless without external factors (like coffee) in the mix. But given they are comparable, barring acidity, then a fair answer is warranted. I like coffee – a lot. But I can do without it, too. I just want to know.

    Thank you! :)

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  23. Ronda

    30. Jul, 2012

    I also would like to know what negative fact that a cup of black “decaf” coffee will have during the cleanse. It just seems like there is no straight answer given about it. It just sounds like your pushing the sale of spark. Please give me a straight answer without the pushing the spark. Thanks

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    • AdvoGirl

      01. Aug, 2012

      @ Ronda,
      Not pushing Spark. You should also drink lots of water. During the cleanse all coffee is eliminated. The cleanse is basically a lube oil and filter getting your body ready to lose weight.
      The cleanse helps restore balance, break food cravings, and start weight loss.

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  24. Steve McLendon

    29. Jul, 2012

    I have been following the coffee/Spark discussion because as a distributor this question is asked a LOT. OK, the caffeine isn’t the problem it’s the acidity. But many citrus fruits, like oranges, are acidic also but they are ok. Still having trouble understanding the acidity issue here.

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  25. Naomi

    09. Jun, 2012

    I had headaches for the first 4 day of the 24 day challenge drinking Spark twice a day…I was only a 1 cup of coffee drinker. Obviously everyones response if different. So just because one person never got headaches won’t mean you won’t. No more headaches after the first 4 days!!

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  26. Adam

    14. May, 2012

    Dr. Perricone, book The Perricone Diet has a strong stance against coffee. He states that the organic acids present in coffee boost our cortisol levels when we drink it. This crashes our metabolism and causes us to hold onto body fat. He calls it the death drink! Also, I believe if we are putting acids into our body it alters our pH levels away from the desired slightly alkaline

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  27. Dawn

    12. Apr, 2012

    I just finished day 14:) lost 13 lbs as of this morning! I haven’t even thought of soda’s or tea and I Love them both Thank U for Spark and for those questioning about your drinks realize after a few days to a week you will have kicked a bad habbit of junk your body doesn’t need! Not to mention if drinking the amount of water you are supposed to I don’t know how you would have room or time to drink anything else:0) Enjoy your Day and May God Bless you with healthy bodies!

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  28. abooth

    15. Mar, 2012

    What is the problem with coffee caffeine specifically? The acid? What does that do? I love Spark and recommend it to people all the time. However, the coffee question comes up frequently. And because there is caffeine in Spark, the caffeine argument doesn’t fly. And it seems that most people think that caffeinated tea is okay. Just wondering.

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    • AdvoGirl

      19. Mar, 2012

      Spark has caffeine without the acidity. And you don’t need milk, cream or sugar that some people add to coffee.

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  29. Leah

    19. Jan, 2012

    It is recommended to drink green and oolong tea in almost all of the advocare plans in the cleanse phase and burn phase and beyond. Adding lemon to your tea especially during the cleanse phase will help and will boost your fat loss!

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  30. Meadow

    15. Nov, 2011

    But this doesn’t explain why no tea. I typically drink between two to four cups of tea a day, a mix between green tea, black tea, mate, and herbal teas. Most of what I drink does have caffeine, but isn’t it the natural kind you mention? Can I still drink black tea and mate?

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    • AdvoGirl

      12. Dec, 2011

      Spark has caffeine without the acidity and is what we suggest. Try some different flavors.

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  31. kellie

    14. Oct, 2011

    ok, so i totally understand how spark wins out when comparing to a grande mocha from starbucks (considering 10 of the 12 oz in the cup are composed of the mocha and milk), but what about a general cup of coffee. I am having a hard time kicking my coffee habit (really more the habit, less about the coffee), and i am wondering if a plain cup of decaf would have a negative effect. you allude to the acidity in coffee, but i guess i don’t understand the impact it has on me or the system?

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  32. Jessi

    20. Sep, 2011

    You can do a spark just like you do your hot tea, it’s delicious :)

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  33. Andrew Smith

    19. Sep, 2011

    Hey, I’m on my 24 day challenge on day 5 right now, I’m being as strict as possible while doing this. I have given up coffee and alothough I enjoy the sparks and not having any negetive side affects due to the lack there of. It’s september and getting colder and I just want something hot to drink that’s also healthy… any suggestions.. I’ve thought about herbal teas but couldn’t find any info about them at least from advocare.. so far I’ve just been drinking hot water with a splash of lemon or lime juice in it but it is becomeing boreing…

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