5 Sneaky Sources of Caffeine, According to Dietitian

Dietitians warn that caffeine may lurk in a variety of meals and drinks, affecting your sleep, energy levels, and general health if ingested in significant doses.   

The safe amount of caffeine varies according on age, weight, and caffeine sensitivity. However, most healthy persons believe that moderate caffeine usage is harmless.  

According to the Food and Drug Administration, most people may consume up to 400 mg of caffeine per day (approximately four 8-ounce cups of coffee) without experiencing harmful health consequences.  

Cocoa beans, the major component in chocolate, are naturally caffeine-rich. However, the quantity of caffeine in chocolate varies depending on the variety and processing method.  

1. Chocolate

While you may be aware that matcha includes caffeine, the amount it contains makes it a stealthy source that may accumulate if you are unaware. Matcha is a fine green tea powder, but it contains more caffeine per gram than a standard dose of green tea.   

2. Matcha

3. Kombucha

Kombucha, a probiotic-rich fermented drink produced from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast, is an often-overlooked source of caffeine.  

4. Ice Cream

"You may not associate ice cream with coffee, yet certain flavors contain caffeine-containing components such as chocolate, matcha, or even espresso. Depending on the quantity of those components, a serving of ice cream might contain more caffeine than a cup of coffee.     

5. Chewing Gum

Some gum products include caffeine to create a stimulating effect. While the quantity of caffeine in a single piece of gum is usually minimal, it can accumulate if you chew many pieces throughout the day.  


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