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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.


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List of High Caffeine Foods and Drinks

1 Dark Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans
Chocolate coffee beans
2 Coffee
Cafe Americano
3 Energy Drinks
An energy drink
Energy drinks are typically high in sugar and should be avoided.
4 Espresso
A cup of espresso
5 Sodas
A can of soda
Energy drinks are typically high in sugar and should be avoided.
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6 Green Tea
A cup of green tea
7 Black Tea
Black Tea
8 Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate
-Cocoa baking powder provides 198mg of caffeine per cup.
-Hot cocoa provides 5mg per cup.
9 Coffee Liqueur
Bottles of Liqueur
10 Chocolate Cake with Frosting
A slice of chocolate cake
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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