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7 Hidden Sources of Caffeine

Trying to cut down on caffeine? Keep an eye out for these hidden caffeine sources.

While caffeinated tea and coffee have been linked to some health benefits, such as lowering risk of skin and liver cancers, caffeine has some downsides. Some people are more sensitive than others and in addition to jitters, it can deplete sleep quality, especially in folks over 40, amp up anxiety, and it's addictive.

If you're looking to limit your caffeine intake, it's important to know what has caffeine in it, and that's not always obvious. Here are several hidden sources of caffeine.

For comparison, an 8-oz. cup of brewed caffeinated coffee has 100 to 200 mg of caffeine, depending on the kind. (A 1-oz. shot of espresso has less caffeine than coffee—just 40-75 mg, about the same as a cup of tea.)

Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D.

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