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Top 10 Foods and Drinks High in Caffeine

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
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Top 10 Foods and Drinks High in Caffeine

Caffeine is a chemical naturally found in several plant foods and drinks. Synthetic supplemental forms of caffeine are also produced and added to foods. Due to caffeine's stimulating and addictive qualities, it is finding its way into more and more unhealthy foods including sodas, candies, and energy drinks.

The health benefits and costs of caffeine are controversial with numerous studies to document both benefits and health problems due to caffeine. The upper intake limit (%UL) of caffeine intake is 400mg for adults, and less than 85mg for kids.

High caffeine foods and drinks include chocolate covered coffee beans, coffee, energy drinks, espresso, sodas, green tea, black tea, dark chocolate, coffee liqueur, and baked goods containing chocolate.

For all these foods and drinks the amount of caffeine is as an average. The actual amount of caffeine can vary based on how strongly tea or coffee is brewed, and as to how much caffeine is added to various colas and energy drinks.


List of High Caffeine Foods and Drinks

Chocolate coffee beans

#1: Dark Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans

Caffeine per oz(28 Beans)Caffeine per 100g
84% UL (336mg)210% UL (839mg)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dark Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans
Cafe Americano

#2: Coffee

Caffeine per 8oz CupCaffeine per 100g
24% UL (95mg)10% UL (40mg)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Coffee
An energy drink

#3: Energy Drinks

Caffeine per 8oz CupCaffeine per 100g
23% UL (91mg)10% UL (38mg)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Energy Drink
Energy drinks are typically high in sugar and should be avoided.
A cup of espresso

#4: Espresso

Caffeine per 1oz ShotCaffeine per 100g
16% UL (63mg)53% UL (212mg)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Espresso
A can of soda

#5: Sodas

Caffeine per 16oz BottleCaffeine per 100g
12% UL (49mg)3% UL (10mg)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Pepper Soda
Energy drinks are typically high in sugar and should be avoided.
A cup of green tea

#6: Green Tea

Caffeine per 8oz CupCaffeine per 100g
7% UL (28mg)3% UL (12mg)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Green Tea
Black Tea

#7: Black Tea

Caffeine per 8oz CupCaffeine per 100g
7% UL (26mg)3% UL (11mg)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Black Tea
Dark Chocolate

#8: Dark Chocolate

Caffeine per 1oz SquareCaffeine per 100g
6% UL (24mg)22% UL (86mg)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dark Chocolate (60-69% Cocoa)
-Cocoa baking powder provides 198mg of caffeine per cup.
-Hot cocoa provides 5mg per cup.
Bottles of Liqueur

#9: Coffee Liqueur

Caffeine per 1.5oz ShotCaffeine per 100g
3% UL (14mg)7% UL (26mg)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Coffee Liqueur
A slice of chocolate cake

#10: Chocolate Cake with Frosting

Caffeine per SliceCaffeine per 100g
2% UL (8mg)2% UL (6mg)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Chocolate Cake With Frosting
Other baked goods high in caffeine include chocolate cake, chocolate coated cookies, and anything with chocolate frosting.

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.
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