Caffeine Chart of Various Common Consumables

Caffeine chart content is high in many beverages such as coffeeNow that we know caffeine can have negative impacts on health, wouldn’t it be nice to have a comprehensive caffeine chart designed to help you avoid caffeine in your everyday life?  Well, now there is one! Caffeine is one of the most commonly used stimulatory drugs in the developed world and is so commonplace its use has been assimilated into the modern culture and the daily routine. The health ramifications of such widespread use are finally beginning to be noticed, and health diets and cleanses are often caffeine free. Unfortunately, given the pace of modern society, sometimes stimulants such as caffeine are necessary to help us keep up with the increasing load of the workplace and home responsibilities. Since many of us cannot avoid caffeine entirely, it’s important to your health to know both how caffeine can be harmful to your health as well as how much caffeine is in common foods and beverages you may be consuming every day. For this reason, included below is a caffeine chart of the content of many common foods, drinks, and over-the-counter medications.

In the short term, caffeine can help perk us up on an off day or help us get through a long or challenging project. However, continuous use keeps the body in a more energetic state than it is designed for. You work your body and mind harder under the effects of caffeine because it suppresses the signs the body needs rest to rejuvenate and repair itself back to full function. Without adequate rest, the body’s stress response system begins to engage in higher levels of activity, causing symptoms such as brain fog from the NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress Response℠ and fatigue from the hormonal response. These often cause the even greater use of caffeine to counteract these symptoms, leading to a vicious cycle that pushes the body’s stress response functions and adrenal glands to overwork and eventual dysfunction.  With knowledge comes power, and with this caffeine chart, you can gain knowledge about what foods and medications it is best to avoid to separate yourself from the negative side effects of caffeine.

The simple but sometimes difficult solution is to simply cut back on caffeine use and get more rest. This caffeine chart can help to quantify the approximate amounts of caffeine you may be taking in every day without even knowing. And, utilizing this caffine chart regularely can help you to enahnce your over health and quality of life.

Caffeine Chart

ProductServing Size 1Caffeine content (mg) 2
OTC Drugs
NoDoz, maximum strength; Vivarin1 tablet200
Excedrin2 tablets130
NoDoz, regular strength1 tablet100
Anacin2 tablets64
Coffee, brewed8 ounces135
General Foods International Coffee, Orange Cappuccino8 ounces102
Coffee</>, instant 8 ounces95
General Foods International Coffee, Cafe Vienna8 ounces90
Maxwell House Cappuccino, Mocha8 ounces60-65
General Foods International Coffee, Swiss Mocha8 ounces55
Maxwell House Cappuccino, French Vanilla or Irish Cream8 ounces45-50
Maxwell House Cappuccino, Amaretto8 ounces25-30
General Foods International Coffee, Viennese Chocolate Cafe8 ounces26
Maxwell House Cappuccino, decaffeinated8 ounces3-6
Coffee, decaffeinated8 ounces5
Celestial Seasonings Iced Lemon Ginseng Tea16-ounce bottle100
Bigelow Raspberry Royale Tea8 ounces83
Tea, leaf or bag8 ounces50
Snapple Iced Tea, all varieties16-ounce bottle42
Lipton Natural Brew Iced Tea Mix, unsweetened8 ounces25-45
Lipton Tea8 ounces35-40
Lipton Iced Tea, assorted varieties16-ounce bottle18-40
Lipton Natural Brew Iced Tea Mix, sweetened8 ounces15-35
Nestea Pure Sweetened Iced Tea16-ounce bottle34
Tea, green8 ounces30
Arizona Iced Tea, assorted varieties16-ounce bottle15-30
Lipton Soothing Moments BlackberryTea 8 ounces25
Nestea Pure Lemon Sweetened Iced Tea16-ounce bottle22
Tea, instant8 ounces15
Lipton Natural Brew Iced Tea Mix, diet8 ounces10-15
Lipton Natural Brew Iced Tea Mix, decaffeinated8 ounces< 5
Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea, all varieties8 ounces
Celestial Seasonings Herbal Iced Tea, bottled16-ounce bottle
Lipton Soothing Moments Peppermint Tea8 ounces
Soft Drinks
Josta12 ounces58
Mountain Dew12 ounces55.5
Surge12 ounces52.5
Diet Coke12 ounces46.5
Coca-Cola classic12 ounces34.5
Dr. Pepper, regular or diet12 ounces42
Sunkist Orange Soda12 ounces42
Pepsi-Cola12 ounces37.5
Barq’s Root Beer12 ounces22.5
7-UP or Diet 7-UP12 ounces
Barq’s Diet Root Beer12 ounces
Caffeine-free Coca-Cola or Diet Coke12 ounces
Caffeine-free Pepsi or Diet Pepsi12 ounces
Minute Maid Orange Soda12 ounces
Mug Root Beer12 ounces
Sprite or Diet Sprite12 ounces
Caffeinated Waters
Java Water1/2 liter (16.9 ounces)125
Krank 21/2 liter (16.9 ounces)100
Aqua Blast1/2 liter (16.9 ounces)90
Water Joe1/2 liter (16.9 ounces)60-70
Aqua Java1/2 liter (16.9 ounces)50-60
Juiced10 ounces60
Frozen Desserts
Ben & Jerry’s No Fat Coffee Fudge Frozen Yogurt1 cup85
Starbucks Coffee Ice Cream, assorted flavors1 cup40-60
Häagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream1 cup58
Häagen-Dazs Coffee Frozen Yogurt, fat-free1 cup40
Häagen-Dazs Coffee Fudge Ice Cream, low-fat1 cup30
Starbucks Frappuccino Bar1 bar (2.5 ounces)15
Healthy Choice Cappuccino Chocolate Chunk or Cappuccino Mocha Fudge Ice Cream1 cup8
Yogurts, one container
Dannon Coffee Yogurt8 ounces45
Yoplait Cafe Au Lait Yogurt6 ounces5
Dannon Light Cappuccino Yogurt8 ounces< 1
Stonyfield Farm Cappuccino Yogurt8 ounces
Chocolates or Candies
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar1 bar (1.5 ounces)31
Perugina Milk Chocolate Bar with Cappuccino Filling1/3 bar (1.2 ounces)24
Hershey Bar (milk chocolate)1 bar (1.5 ounces)10
Coffee Nips (hard candy)2 pieces6
Cocoa or Hot Chocolate8 ounces5

1 — Serving sizes are based on commonly eaten portions, pharmaceutical instructions, or the amount of the leading-selling container size. For example, beverages sold in 16-ounce or half-liter bottles were counted as one serving.

2 — Sources: National Coffee Association, National Soft Drink Association, Tea Council of the USA, and information provided by food, beverage, and pharmaceutical companies and J.J. Barone, H.R. Roberts (1996) “Caffeine Consumption.” Food Chemistry and Toxicology, vol. 34, pp. 119-129.

Caffeine chart content is high in many beverages such as coffee
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Hi, Dr. Lam!
I read your book 'Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome' and I will have to say - that is the most informative medical book that I have ever read (I have been in the sonography field for over two decades). I am very thankful to you for sharing your knowledge in the pursuance of healing. I will fly anywhere to meet with you and to be treated by your expert wisdom on adrenal fatigue.


  • Ignatius Dongmai says:

    Hi Dr Lam.

    Thanks for the insight into the use of caffeine and its effect on our body. The interesting thing I find is caffeine is in all daily foods that that we consume, both naturally grown and processed foods. If that is the case I believe caffeine is supposed to be part our nutrition and be part of our lively hood. The question I don’t think is to get away from caffeine but to have enough caffeine in line with what our body individually will allow. It would be fair to say everyone of us need to know how much caffeine our body can sustain. We should be mindful of food or drinks we consume to control the use of caffeine our body mass allows.
    We can’t get lower or increase caffeine in our body but learn to live with it according to our body requirement.

  • Eugine Aeilo says:

    Thank you Dr. Lam, this is great content for me to start my caffeine diet. Do you find it better to drink caffeine drinks that have more or less liquid? I want to slowly ween off caffeine so Im going to try other products along the way. Thanks again.

    • Newsletter says:

      Dilute the caffeinated drink with more liquid and take a bit less of the total amount each day is one good way. The problem is that many will find this approach not giving them the “punch” they are so used to. The key is to do, as I have said before, slowly. We are talking about perhaps 1-2 years, not weeks or months. The key is consistency and preseravance. that way you will give the body time to get adjusted.

      Dr Lam

  • Jennifer says:

    What would be the best way to reduce caffeine intake without going through any of the horrible withdrawals or the horrible headaches? About how long would it take to really be able to be off of the caffeine? And is there any supplements that I am able to take that would help me with my energy levels?

  • Jennifer says:

    What would be the best way to reduce caffeine intake without going through any of the horrible withdrawals or the horrible headaches? About how long would it take to really be able to be off of the caffienie? And is there any supplemetns that I

    • Newsletter says:

      Do it slowly is the key. using supplements as substitute is not good long term. you can dilute the coffeine with de-caffeinated coffee a bit at a time

      Dr Lam