When we think about caffeine, our first thought probably goes to that warm cup of tea in the morning or our favorite cup of tea in the evening.
However, you probably didn’t realize you are also consuming some caffeine amounts from your daily eatables.
The amount of caffeine consumed can vary and also mostly depends on how much is consumed, for example, the size of the beverage or quantity of food.
Caffeine is found naturally in a variety of plant species, and one of the most common sources for caffeine is cocoa beans.
So, if you have a sweet tooth, then you are probably getting a dose of caffeine from those chocolate bars hidden in the fridge.
To give you an idea of which type of chocolate has the most amount of caffeine, the color is your first clue. The darker the chocolate, the more amount of caffeine. That is also why you will find dark chocolate to be on the bitter side too.
The great news is, dark chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants and has high nutritional value. But, as always, with a healthy diet, everything in moderation is a must.
So now we have highlighted chocolate as a popular food that contains caffeine, can you guess which other products contain caffeine too?
Well, it’s summertime, and this means you may be reaching for a few scoops of ice cream to cool you down. Coffee and chocolate ice cream flavors can be sure to give you a little energy boost! Coffee ice cream can contain as much as 45 mg per half cup, so be sure to include that in your daily recommended caffeine dose of 300- 400 mg. Please note if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant, caffeine intake may not be advisable. You can contact your healthcare provider for more information.
Remember, if you are looking for a chocolate treat (cold or bar) before bed, it could keep you up at night!
It is not only the ice cream treats that can give you a caffeine kick. Besides your coffee or tea in the morning, your chocolate-flavored breakfast cereals could be adding to your daily caffeine amount too. It might not seem like a bad thing because we all need a boost in the morning, but remember, caffeine amounts add up, and it is important to be aware of how much you are consuming daily.
Here is a list of other foods that contain caffeine.
We have another blog dedicated to the caffeine drinks out there too! You can check it out (here).
To sum up, if it is chocolate or chocolate flavoured, it contains caffeine.