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

Product Serving Size 1 Caffeine content (mg) 2
OTC Drugs
NoDoz, maximum strength; Vivarin 1 tablet 200
Excedrin 2 tablets 130
NoDoz, regular strength 1 tablet 100
Anacin 2 tablets 64
Coffee, brewed 8 ounces 135
General Foods International Coffee, Orange Cappuccino 8 ounces 102
Coffee</>, instant 8 ounces 95
General Foods International Coffee, Cafe Vienna 8 ounces 90
Maxwell House Cappuccino, Mocha 8 ounces 60-65
General Foods International Coffee, Swiss Mocha 8 ounces 55
Maxwell House Cappuccino, French Vanilla or Irish Cream 8 ounces 45-50
Maxwell House Cappuccino, Amaretto 8 ounces 25-30
General Foods International Coffee, Viennese Chocolate Cafe 8 ounces 26
Maxwell House Cappuccino, decaffeinated 8 ounces 3-6
Coffee, decaffeinated 8 ounces 5
Celestial Seasonings Iced Lemon Ginseng Tea 16-ounce bottle 100
Bigelow Raspberry Royale Tea 8 ounces 83
Tea, leaf or bag 8 ounces 50
Snapple Iced Tea, all varieties 16-ounce bottle 42
Lipton Natural Brew Iced Tea Mix, unsweetened 8 ounces 25-45
Lipton Tea 8 ounces 35-40
Lipton Iced Tea, assorted varieties 16-ounce bottle 18-40
Lipton Natural Brew Iced Tea Mix, sweetened 8 ounces 15-35
Nestea Pure Sweetened Iced Tea 16-ounce bottle 34
Tea, green 8 ounces 30
Arizona Iced Tea, assorted varieties 16-ounce bottle 15-30
Lipton Soothing Moments Blackberry Tea 8 ounces 25
Nestea Pure Lemon Sweetened Iced Tea 16-ounce bottle 22
Tea, instant 8 ounces 15
Lipton Natural Brew Iced Tea Mix, diet 8 ounces 10-15
Lipton Natural Brew Iced Tea Mix, decaffeinated 8 ounces < 5
Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea, all varieties 8 ounces
Celestial Seasonings Herbal Iced Tea, bottled 16-ounce bottle
Lipton Soothing Moments Peppermint Tea 8 ounces
Soft Drinks
Josta 12 ounces 58
Mountain Dew 12 ounces 55.5
Surge 12 ounces 52.5
Diet Coke 12 ounces 46.5
Coca-Cola classic 12 ounces 34.5
Dr. Pepper, regular or diet 12 ounces 42
Sunkist Orange Soda 12 ounces 42
Pepsi-Cola 12 ounces 37.5
Barq’s Root Beer 12 ounces 22.5
7-UP or Diet 7-UP 12 ounces
Barq’s Diet Root Beer 12 ounces
Caffeine-free Coca-Cola or Diet Coke 12 ounces
Caffeine-free Pepsi or Diet Pepsi 12 ounces
Minute Maid Orange Soda 12 ounces
Mug Root Beer 12 ounces
Sprite or Diet Sprite 12 ounces
Caffeinated Waters
Java Water 1/2 liter (16.9 ounces) 125
Krank 2 1/2 liter (16.9 ounces) 100
Aqua Blast 1/2 liter (16.9 ounces) 90
Water Joe 1/2 liter (16.9 ounces) 60-70
Aqua Java 1/2 liter (16.9 ounces) 50-60
Juiced 10 ounces 60
Frozen Desserts
Ben & Jerry’s No Fat Coffee Fudge Frozen Yogurt 1 cup 85
Starbucks Coffee Ice Cream, assorted flavors 1 cup 40-60
Häagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream 1 cup 58
Häagen-Dazs Coffee Frozen Yogurt, fat-free 1 cup 40
Häagen-Dazs Coffee Fudge Ice Cream, low-fat 1 cup 30
Starbucks Frappuccino Bar 1 bar (2.5 ounces) 15
Healthy Choice Cappuccino Chocolate Chunk or Cappuccino Mocha Fudge Ice Cream 1 cup 8
Yogurts, one container
Dannon Coffee Yogurt 8 ounces 45
Yoplait Cafe Au Lait Yogurt 6 ounces 5
Dannon Light Cappuccino Yogurt 8 ounces < 1
Stonyfield Farm Cappuccino Yogurt 8 ounces
Chocolates or Candies
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar 1 bar (1.5 ounces) 31
Perugina Milk Chocolate Bar with Cappuccino Filling 1/3 bar (1.2 ounces) 24
Hershey Bar (milk chocolate) 1 bar (1.5 ounces) 10
Coffee Nips (hard candy) 2 pieces 6
Cocoa or Hot Chocolate 8 ounces 5

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