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The CalorieKing Caffeine Guide


Do you rely on a cup of tea or coffee to kick-start your day? Or do you reach for a can of cola every time you need an afternoon pick-me-up? Perhaps an energy drink after a late night out?

Caffeine is one of the most popular substances on earth – consumed in some form or other by almost every culture across the globe. Read this guide to find out more about this drug and how it affects you and your health.



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Where's the caffeine?

Caffeine occurs naturally in more than 60 different types of plants. It is also produced artificially and added to certain foods.

For Australians, coffee is the biggest source of caffeine, and it's easy to see why. The delicious aroma, rich taste, and unmistakable buzz of a cup of coffee is hard to beat. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures that people everywhere find hard to resist. Coffee is also an important social centerpiece in Australian life. Can you imagine a catching up with a friend or sitting through a meeting without a hot cuppa?

While most people still get their caffeine in the traditional form of a mug of coffee or a cup of tea (or in what’s become another traditional form – a bottle of Coke), energy drinks can also be a source of caffeine. Guarana is an active ingredient in many of these energy drinks, 4 grams of which contains about 160 mg of caffeine. That’s twice the amount of caffeine in an ordinary cup of instant coffee.

Caffeine is also found in chocolate, painkillers and over-the-counter tablets such as No-Doz.



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