Hidden Sources of Caffeine

Last Editorial Review: 1/30/2005

Hidden Sources of Caffeine

WebMD Feature

July 10, 2000 -- Think Pepsi has more caffeine than orange soda? Think again. While Pepsi contains 37 milligrams, Sunkist orange soda packs a surprising 40 milligrams into a 12-ounce bottle. -->

"Most people don't read the ingredients on products like orange soda," says Michael Jacobson, PhD, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "Some probably think of it almost as orange juice."

Sunkist orange soda isn't the only startling source of caffeine. Excedrin packs in 130 milligrams per tablet, almost as much as a cup of brewed coffee. One serving of Celestial Seasonings Iced Lemon Ginseng Tea boasts 100 milligrams. Sweets and snacks are other overlooked sources. Savor one cup of Dannon coffee yogurt and you've just consumed 45 milligrams.

To help people separate the jitter from the juice, Jacobson's public advocacy group posts the caffeine content of popular foods on its web site. Here are just a few of the surprises you'll find there.

Caffeine (mg)
Mountain Dew
7-Up 0
Bigelow Raspberry Tea 83
Lipton Peppermint Tea 0
Diet Coke 47
Root Beer 0
Juiced 60
Minute Maid Orange Soda 0
Ben & Jerry's Coffee Fudge Frozen Yogurt 85
Healthy Choice Cappuccino Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream 8
Dannon Coffee Yogurt 45
Stonyfield Farms Cappuccino Yogurt 0

Rebecca A. Clay is a writer based in Washington, D.C., whose articles have also appeared in Psychology Today, Modern Maturity, and The Washington Post.

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