Lots of us rely on a caffeine boost to kick-start our morning routines, wake us up and give us that extra bit of oomph we need to get going every day.More often than not, most of us tend to get these caffeine fixes by reaching out for a steaming cup (or two) of coffee or tea. On average in the UK, us Brits drink almost 123 million cups of tea and 90 million cups of coffee every single day!1
Other than tasting great – you may be a tea or a coffee lover or partial to enjoying both – these two drinks also have something else in common, they both contain caffeine. Even if they happened to be decaf…(more on this below).Once consumed, caffeine stimulates our central nervous system. This means that by the time it’s reached our brain, we’re feeling more alert, i.e. more awake and less tired.2
Good question… we may crave it, and be conscious about how much caffeine we consume, but is it something we should worry about? Can caffeine impact our health at all?There’s lots of research out there on this topic. Moderate levels of tea and coffee are reportedly said to not damage our health. Studies also suggest that three to four cups of tea and coffee are deemed safe to drink, and even play a potentially beneficial role in fighting heart disease and diabetes. Meanwhile, other research says drinking one to two cups a day can help boost people’s memory.3 For more details about if caffeine is good for you, check out this article.
Being able to sip away on decaf drinks means you still get to enjoy your beloved tea and coffee (hoorah!) and reduce your caffeine levels at the same time.
But… (yes, there is a but) there is caffeine in decaf coffee. Granted, there’s less caffeine, but decaf coffee isn’t complete caffeine-free.
We’re not sure about you, but this has got us thinking about caffeine on a much wider scale. In particular, other than tea and coffee – the two main go-to caffeine boosters we instinctively tend to reach out for – what other food and drink products contain caffeine? And how much caffeine do they contain?
|Food/drink item||Caffeine level|
|Regular coffee (black)||95mg7|
|Espresso – 1 shot||63mg8|
|Latte or mocha||63 to 126mg10|
|Sugar-free caffeinated soft drinks||41mg14|
|Kombucha||10 to 15mg15|
Are you feeling more clued up about caffeine now? If anything, we hope this article has helped open your eyes to the fact that caffeine isn’t just present in the usual suspects – tea and coffee – it can be found in plenty of other food and drink items too, even ice cream and breakfast cereals.From boosting our energy levels and managing migraines22 to affecting how our bodies absorb vitamins and minerals, caffeine works in many wonderful ways. For more on the link between caffeine and mineral absorption levels, take a look at this article, ‘Does caffeine affect the absorption of vitamins and minerals?’
Last updated: 16 June 2020