Popular drinks with more caffeine than coffee, according to science



Coffee isn’t the only drink that can spice up your walk. While it typically contains more caffeine, naturally, than most other foods and drinks, it’s not the most caffeinated option.

Sure, drinking a Pike Place roast the size of a Starbucks venti (20 ounces) will give you an alarming sensation. 410 milligrams of caffeine in one fell swoop. But remember that an 8-ounce cup of brewed java usually contains 95 milligrams of caffeine. Since the USDA recommends limiting your caffeine intake to 400 milligrams per day, each of these four options always falls below that caffeine limit.

Below, you’ll see four popular types of drinks that contain more caffeine than a cup of coffee. So don’t miss a scary side effect of drinking too much caffeine, according to science!

Each 16-ounce can of Brew Dr. Uplift Yerba Mate contains 150 milligrams of “clean” caffeine from yerba mate, guayusa and green tea. As well as providing a slight boost of energy, the refreshing drink also contains a good source of probiotics. One percent of Brew Dr. Uplift’s sales are donated to social justice organizations, including Black Futures Farm and Mudbone Grown.

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Speaking of probiotics, Health-Ade PLUS Energy is another gut health-promoting drink that contains more caffeine than a cup of coffee, at 120 milligrams per bottle. The kombucha drink is flavored with lemon, basil and is caffeinated with guarana—An ingredient obtained from the seeds of a south american tree and often used in energy drinks.

Now be sure to check out a major side effect of consuming kombucha, according to science.

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Rowdy Energy Drink its 160 milligrams of caffeine comes from the nootropic L-theanine, an amino acid derived from green tea that gently stimulates mental energy. Plus, the drink is packed with electrolytes including potassium, magnesium, and sodium, making it a refreshing drink to take after a grueling workout. Flavors include cherry lime, orange citrus, cotton candy, chiseled ice cream, tangy green apple, peach, mango and strawberry lemonade.

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If you’re struggling to tolerate the energy jerk you get from a cup of cold brew, consider opting for one of these less aggressive 100-calorie energy drinks. ZOA energy drinks contains 160 milligrams of caffeine, which comes from a blend of caffeine naturally found in green tea extract and unroasted green coffee beans. It also contains 100% of your daily requirement for B vitamins including B12, B6, B3 (niacin), as well as vitamin C.

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