Fitness & Nutrition

Do You Know How Much Caffeine You’re Drinking?

By on 03/26/2018

According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, moderate consumption of caffeine—up to 400 mg per day—can be incorporated into a healthy eating plan. That’s about the amount in three to five 8-oz. cups of coffee. This amount of caffeine has not been linked to an increased risk of disease or early death, but if you don’t already consume caffeine, you’re not encouraged to start.

Caffeine is widely used in beverages and food but amounts are not listed on nutrition labels. This list shows how much caffeine some of your favorite beverages contain.

Beverage Size (fl oz) Caffeine (mg)
Generic Brewed Coffee (average) 8oz 50-100
Starbucks® Pike Place Roast 12oz 235
Starbucks® Regular Frappuccino 16oz 95
Black Tea (average) 8oz 45
Green Tea (average) 8oz 30
Herbal Tea (average) 8oz 0
Coca-Cola® Classic 12oz 34
Diet Coke® 12oz 46
Sprite® 12oz 0
Mountain Dew 12oz 54
5 Hour Energy® 2oz 200
Monster Energy Drink® 16oz 160
Red Bull® Energy Drink 8oz 80


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Date Last Reviewed: January 19, 2018

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