I drink coffee but want to replace that with something healthier.

I am a daily coffee drinker but am wanting to replace that energy with something healthier. What are some foods I can add to my breakfast to give me energy for the day? Or what foods should I stay away from or add to my daily diet in order to feel more energized? Caffeine makes your...

Could you tell us how the caffeine content of soda, chocolate and decaf compares to coffee?

We were wondering several things. We are concerned about the health risks of caffeine and wonder if you could tell us how the caffeine content of soda, chocolate and decaf compares to coffee (how many milligrams of caffeine for one serving of each?) Also, we have heard caffeine depletes calcium content. is this true?...

I prefer tea to coffee, but I’ve heard that tea has as much caffeine as coffee. Is that true?

I prefer tea to coffee, but I've heard that tea has as much caffeine as coffee. Is that true? I make about two cups of tea from one tea bag. I've been reading a lot about caffeine lately. The caffeine content of a tea bag brewed for five minutes is about 47 milligrams for...

I’m in a 100-mile bike race and heard that caffeine may help me last longer and go faster.

I am going to be in a 100-mile bike race in July and have heard that some caffeine may help me last longer and go faster. Is that true? If so, how much caffeine should I take? Sports researchers have studied the positive effects of small amounts of caffeine on athletes by reducing fatigue. Caffeine-containing...

I’m having problems getting to sleep at night. Is dinner coffee keeping me awake.

I'm having problems getting to sleep at night. I'm worried that my dinner coffee may be keeping me awake. How much coffee is too much at night? Caffeine only takes 15 to 20 minutes to get into your blood and the caffeine effect lasts up to 10 hours. If you have problems falling asleep at...

Is caffeine banned by the Olympic Committee? If so how much?

You mentioned that caffeine was banned by the Olympic Committee. This is only on the order of a dose of several (I believe it is 1.6) grams. An 80-kilogram adult would only take a dose of around 400 milligrams (5 milligrams/kilogram of body weight). This also would have been taken roughly four hours prior...

My doctor prescribed 50 milligrams of beta-blockers and a caffeine-free diet.

I've recently been diagnosed with a mild case of mitral valve prolapse. My doctor prescribed 50 milligrams of beta-blockers and a caffeine-free diet. The only things she mentioned to avoid were coffee, tea, caffeinated sodas and anything containing chocolate. Are there other foods that contain caffeine or is my list above complete? Thank you....

Does coffee make gout worse and should people with gout limit their intake of coffee? Does caffeine enhance sports performance?

Just a couple o' comments (questions/answers) regarding the subject of the possible effects of caffeine on gout and sports physiology. I found a HUGE Website on coffee (etc.) which included chemistry etc. of caffeine. Correct me if I'm mistaken in my interpretation of their information: specifically, that caffeine is a purine that is normally metabolized...

Does caffeine affect the absorption of certain vitamins or minerals like iron?

In your section on caffeine, you recommend that to reduce intake to limit a cup of coffee to one a meal. Does caffeine affect the absorption of certain vitamins or minerals like iron? I could be way off, but I thought that it was better not to have caffeine with meals. Please set me straight...

I am concerned about caffeine consumption during pregnancy. How much caffeine is in chocolate?

I am concerned about caffeine consumption during pregnancy . I would like to know how much caffeine is in chocolate products such as plain dark chocolate, chocolate ice cream and chocolate milk? Is there caffeine in other less obvious food items? Also, what is a safe amount of caffeine during pregnancy? Is there a...

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