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Hidden Caffeine

Your anxious, wakeful teenager may not be aware of how much caffeine she’s consuming in the course of a day. Obvious sources include colas, coffee, tea, and energy drinks, but there are hidden ones, such as over-the-counter headache remedies and other kinds of soda. The following chart includes common caffeinated products and the amounts of caffeine they contain:

Contents of a Sampling of Energy Drinks,* Per Serving (240 mL [8 oz]) 


 Product  Calories  Caffeine (mg)
 Java Monster  100  Yes**
 Java Monster Lo-Ball  50  Yes
 Monster Energy  100  Yes
 Monster Low Carb  10  Yes
 Red Bull  106  77
 Red Bull Sugarfree  9.6  77
 Power Trip Orginal Blue  100  105
 Power Trip "0"  5  105
 Power Trip The Extreme  110  110
 Rockstar Orginal  140  80
 Rockstar Sugar Free  10  80
 Full Throttle  110  Yes


*Selection of specific energy drinks for this table was based on the most commonly available products at the time this report was under development.
**If “Yes” rather than a milligram amount is listed, it is because milligrams were not specified on the nutritional content label.

American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition, Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Sports drinks and energy drinks for children and adolescents: are they appropriate? Pediatrics. 2011;127(6):1182–1189

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