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    How Much Caffeine Does Coffee and Soda Contain?

    [fa icon="clock-o"] Aug 25, 2016 8:00:00 PM [fa icon="user"] Vending Group

    caffeine.jpgCaffeine is a part of many people's daily lives. In fact, 54% of Americans drink coffee in the morning for that extra jolt to get them going and out the door on-time (usually). But how much caffeine are you consuming? And, more importantly, is it too much?

    According to the Mayo Clinic, healthy adults should not consume more than 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine in a day. That equals about 4 cups of coffee, 10 cans of soda, or 2 energy drinks. Anymore than that and you might be prone to the following side effects:

    • Nervousness 
    • Restlessness 
    • Faster Heartbeat 
    • Irritability 
    • Insomnia

    So, how much caffeine is in your drink?

    Caffeine In Coffee*

    Type of Coffee

    Size

    Amount of Caffeine

    Brewed

    8 oz.

    95-200 mg

    Brewed, single serve

    8 oz.

    75-150 mg

    Instant

    8 oz.

    27-173 mg

    Espresso

    1 oz.

    47-75 mg

    Even decaffeinated coffee has some caffeine in it, so be aware that decaf does not mean caffeine free.

    Caffeine In Coke and Pepsi Soft Drinks*

    Type of Soda

    Size

    Amount of Caffeine

    Coca-Cola

    12 oz.

    23-35 mg

    Diet Coke

    12 oz.

    23-47 mg

    Pepsi

    12 oz.

    32-39 mg

    Diet Pepsi

    12 oz.

    27-37 mg

     

    How To Decrease Your Caffeine Intake

    If you find yourself relying too much on coffee, Coke, or Pepsi just to get you through day and are experiencing some of the side effects mentioned above, there are ways to cut back. First, analyze how much caffeine you consume. Then, gradually reduce that amount. If you stop "cold turkey," you can end up with pounding headaches and fatigue. Try swapping out one of your cups of coffee for decaf at first. Same goes for soda drinkers: if you're at the vending machine in the afternoon, grab a caffeine-free drink like sparkling water or Sprite. As time goes on, you should be able to reduce your caffeine intake dramatically. Last but not least, drink water. Lots of it. Dehydration will leave you tired and drained. 

    *All data is retrieved from the Mayo Clinic.

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