Caffeine has gained a lot of attention in the last two decades, what which has resulted in more informed consumers. The reasons for the attention are the concern towards the causes of cancer, anxiety, headaches and nervous stomachs. The amount of caffeine varies significantly between beverages and brands. You know that caffeine is in coffee, but you should also know the amount of caffeine found in hot chocolate and the way it is compared to coffee with caffeine.
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The Mayo Clinic comparison of caffeine content in coffee brands reveals a wide range, from home-made coffee of 95 to 200 milligrams for an 8-ounce cup, and 150 milligrams for a cup of 16 ounces of vanilla latte coffee from Starbucks. The variation in the caffeine content of home-made coffee depends to a large extent on various variables such as coffee preparation time, the proportion of water in coffee beans and the intensity of roasting.
A hot chocolate mix also contains caffeine, but only in found quantities of approximately 5 milligrams per sachet. One envelope of the hot chocolate mixture equals 3 tablespoons of the powder mix, and it translates to a 6-ounce cup of hot chocolate. Australian public health officials report that the caffeine content of hot chocolate can be between 10 to 70 milligrams per cup. It is evident that there is a variation in the caffeine content of hot chocolate as well as in coffee.
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Decaffeinated coffee does contain caffeine. A cup of decaffeinated coffee contains between 2 and 12 milligrams of caffeine. Hershey's claims that their decaffeinated hot chocolate is 99, 9% percent caffeine-free. Most coffee brands including Folgers, Maxwell House and Starbucks make half decaffeinated coffee. The average decaffeinated coffee is produced by mixing 50% regular ground coffee and 50% decaffeinated coffee. That means the name is inappropriate because decaffeinated coffee contains up to 12 milligrams of caffeine per cup.
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Keep in mind the importance of caffeine in relation to your health condition, medications and other factors. March of Dimes says it's safe for pregnant women to consume up to 200 milligrams of caffeine, but high doses of caffeine have been linked to premature delivery and miscarriage.The research published in the journal "Clinical Pharmacokinetics" ("Clinical Pharmacokinetics") indicates that caffeine has the potential to interact negatively with many classes of drugs such as antipsychotics, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, antiarrhythmics and others.
The importance of the difference in the caffeine content between coffee and hot chocolate is clear. Coffee can have up to 40 times more caffeine than hot chocolate. On average, you can expect that your hot chocolate will have about a fifth of the caffeine content of a cup of coffee you might consider. If you are pregnant or taking certain medications you would do well to keep your caffeine intake at 200 milligrams or less per day. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist about your concerns about caffeine.