What foods or drinks contain caffeine?

Caffeine is naturally found in many seeds, leaves and more than 60 types of plants, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Plants that naturally contain caffeine, according to the NIH, include:

  • Coffee
  • Cocoa beans (used in chocolate)
  • Kola nuts (used in many sodas)
  • Tea leaves

Caffeine is often found in processed foods and medications, according to the NIH, including:

  • Candies
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Energy drinks
  • Gum
  • Many sodas
  • Snacks
  • Tea

Some medications, including over-the-counter pain relievers, diet pills and cold medicines also include caffeine, according to the NIH.

Talk to your doctor for more information about what foods and drinks contain caffeine.

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