Caffeine

About Caffeine

Caffeine occurs naturally in coffee beans, tea leaves, kola nuts, cocoa beans and many other plants. Caffeine can also be man-made. Many common foods and beverages such as coffee, tea and chocolate contain caffeine. Caffeine - either naturally-occurring or man-made - is also added to some beverages, providing a slightly bitter taste that enhances some flavors and balances the sweetness of others.

Is Caffeine Safe?

Both naturally-occurring and man-made forms of caffeine are safe ingredients that have been enjoyed in foods and beverages for centuries. Caffeine is one of the most studied ingredients in the food supply. The American Medical Association, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and numerous regulatory agencies worldwide have found that consuming caffeine in moderate amounts is safe for all consumers.

Pregnant women, and people sensitive to caffeine, should follow the advice of their healthcare provider regarding caffeine intake.

How do I know how much caffeine is in your products?

We voluntarily label the amount of caffeine in our caffeinated beverages right on the package – including caffeine from all sources.

Is there a lot of caffeine in energy drinks?

PepsiCo's energy drinks contain about the same amount of caffeine as a similar size cup of home-brewed coffee and significantly less than coffeehouse coffees.

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Product Name
 
Caffeine
(mg per )
 
Serving
Size
Caffeine
per Serving (mg):
Typical & Range
Coffee, Brewed, drip method 8 fl oz 85 (65-120)
Coffee, Instant 8 fl oz 75 (60-85)
Coffee, Decaffeinated 8 fl oz 3 (2-4)
Coffee, Coffeehouse Espresso 1 fl oz 60 (58-75)
Coffee, Coffeehouse Vanilla Latte 8 fl oz 75 (na)
Coffee, Coffeehouse Brewed 8 fl oz 160 (na)
Tea, Brewed, major US brands 8 fl oz 40 (20-90)
Tea, Brewed, imported brands 8 fl oz 60 (25-110)
Tea, Instant 8 fl oz 28 (24-31)
Tea, Iced 8 fl oz 25 (9-50)
Soft Drinks (cola) 8 fl oz 25 (20-40)
Energy Drinks 8.3 fl oz 80 (50-160)
Cocoa beverage 8 fl oz 6 (3-32)
Chocolate milk beverages 8 fl oz 5 (2-7)
Solid milk chocolate 1 oz 5 (1-15)
Solid dark chocolate 1 oz 20 (5-35)
Baker's chocolate 1 oz 26 (26)
Chocolate flavored syrup 1 oz 4 (4)

Source:
IFIC Foundation, CSPI; 1998; Knight, et al., 2004; Mayo Clinic, 2005

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