Answers to Common Nutrition Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about nutrition.

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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Source: Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Joyce Tebbe, ACNP, Covington Family Care; Stephen Liptak, PsyD, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Paul Jennewine, MD, Middletown Medical Group; Kimberly Bethel, Trotwood Physician Center; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; C. Joe Northup, MD, Premier Weight Loss Solutions; Faisal Khatri, MD, Premier Family Care of Mason