Baby and You

Linia Patel reveals some interesting stats and facts that you may not know about caffeine

What is caffeine?

Naturally occurs in plants such as coffee beans, tea leaves, kola nuts and cacoa pods

Can be man-made and added to some foods, drinks and medicines like cold medicines or pain relievers


  • 1 mug of instant coffee: 100mg
  • 1 mug of filter coffee: 140mg
  • 1 mug of tea: 75mg
  • 1 can of cola: 40mg
  • 1 can of ‘energy’ drink: up to 80mg
  • 1 x 50g bar of plain chocolate: up to 50mg
  • 1 x 50g bar of milk chocolate: up to 25mg


Caffeine can stay in your body for five to six hours – this is called ‘half-life’ and is the time taken for the body to remove one-half of the caffeine.

To reduce caffeine intake:

  • Cut back gradually
  • Go decaf
  • Shorten the brew time or go herbal
  • Check the LABEL

References available upon request.

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