What’s REALLY in That Coffee

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 29, 2011 · 0 comments

For most of us coffee, equals its energizing properties. Coffee — or more specifically the caffeine it contains — can increase alertness and stimulate performance in high-intensity, short-duration activities, like sprinting.

Drinking caffeinated coffee regularly is mildly addictive. And, stopping caffeine intake abruptly can cause headaches and other annoying symptoms. But, the caffeine habit is very easy to break and symptoms can be eliminated by reducing consumption gradually. Some of us do carry a gene disposition for slow caffeine metabolism. For these unusually sensitive individuals, decafe is probably a better choice.

The average milligrams of caffeine in a 16 ounce serving of coffee are:

  • Regular coffee – 215 to 350
  • Instant regular coffee – 130 to 200
  • Decafe – 12 to 24
  • Instant decafe – 4 to 24
  • Latte – 310
  • Café con leche – 90
  • Espresso double (3 ounce serving) 68 to 154
  • Turkish coffee (4 ounce serving) 44
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