Top Foods Containing Caffeine

You may enjoy foods containing caffeine on a daily basis and not even know it. If you have a caffeine addiction or would like to reduce the amount of caffeine that you consume, knowing what foods to avoid can work to your advantage.

The first thing that may come to your mind when thinking about caffeine is coffee. An eight ounce cup of coffee has between 65 to 120 milligrams of caffeine, while instant has 60 to 85 milligrams. A one ounce cup of espresso has 30 to 50 milligrams, or 240 to 400 milligrams when put on the same basis as an 8 ounce cup of coffee. If you switch to decaffeinated coffee, you won't be completely caffeine free. An 8 ounce cup of decaf has 2 to 4 milligrams of caffeine.

Some people prefer their brews to be tea. An 8 ounce cup of tea can contain from 20 to 90 milligrams of caffeine if the tea is a typical U.S. brand and 25 to 110 milligrams if the tea was made overseas. Instant tea has about 24 to 31 milligrams of caffeine.

Soft Drinks and Chocolate
Some get their pep from soft drinks, which can contain from 20 to 40 milligrams of caffeine. Others get their jolt from chocolate products. A cup of cocoa can have 3 to 32 milligrams, 1 ounce of milk chocolate can contain from 1 to 15 milligrams and 1 ounce of dark chocolate can have 5 to 35 milligrams of caffeine.

High Energy Drinks
High energy drinks are extremely popular today, both as a drink in and of themselves and as a mixer for alcoholic beverages. These drinks can have a walloping amount of caffeine per serving. In fact, some do not list their caffeine content. Note that caffeine is also showing up in bottled waters, as well.

Sweet Treats
Now, think about the foods that you eat that contain coffee, tea or chocolate as an ingredient. Those foods will also contain caffeine, although perhaps in smaller doses. Yes, coffee ice cream, chocolate brownies and chocolate cereals all have caffeine.

If you a truly want to avoid caffeine, check the ingredients of the prepared foods that you purchase. Even powdered cream substitutes can have a small amount of caffeine as part of their ingredients. In addition, don't assume that you are avoiding caffeine if you give up cola drinks. Some root beer, orange soda and crème soda brands contain caffeine. Manufacturers are also experimenting with using caffeine in baked products, so read those nutritional labels. 

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