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Caffeine Content

Avoiding or limiting caffeine is high recommended. Coffee, tea, colas, and some medications are all high in this stimulant, which can make some people feel irritable or nervous, interfere with sleep, and contribute to gastrointestinal distress. If you're like most adults, caffeine is a part of your daily routine. But more than 500 to 600 milligrams of caffeine a day, or about four to seven cups of coffee, can cause restlessness, anxiety, headaches and other problems. Know how much caffeine is in your diet. You may be consuming more than you think.

Caffeine should certainly be avoided five to seven hours before your bedtime. Also, a daily limit of 200 milligrams of caffeine is recommended by the American Medical Association. The caffeine content of various foods id listed below. Of course, these figures can vary according to the product and method of preparation.



Caffeine Content


Per 10-ounce serving

Coffee, brewed

170-200 mg


Coffee, decaffeinated, brewed

5-10 mg


Tea, steeped for 5 minutes or brewed

50-100 mg


Hot cocoa

5-20 mg

Per 12-ounce serving

Cola drinks

40-60 mg


Canned / bottled ice tea

25-35 mg

Per 1-ounce serving

Milk chocolate

1-15 mg


Dark chocolate

20 mg


Bittersweet chocolate

5-35 mg

Per slice

Chocolate cake

20-30 mg

Adapted from R.Duyff, The American Dietetic Associationís Complete Food and Nutrition Guide (Minneapolis, Minn:Chronimed Publishing, 1996)

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