Caffeine, Wonder Drug
Don’t feel like reading an eighteen-page scientific paper? Here’s the gist of it: Anything you thought your cup of coffee was doing for you, it probably is.
Yes. Coffee. It really does improve alertness, attention, mood, and reaction time, especially when we’re sleep-deprived. It may also enhance physical coordination and endurance. Temporarily, of course.
But not just coffee. I found myself studying the table below, which lists the caffeine content of common beverages, foods and medications.
Who knew: a serving of dark chocolate has the same amount of caffeine as a can of Coke! That’s just two tablespoons of dark (baking) chocolate. That may be my new go-to pick-me-up in the late afternoon.
If you’re as big a dork as I am, check it out, and enjoy!
|Item||Caffeine content (mg/100 mL)||Serving size (mL)||Caffeine content (mg/serving)|
|Other soft drinks|
|Barq’s® Root Beer||7||350||23|
|10-h Time Release®||740||57||422|
|Anacin (1 tablet)||–||−||32|
|Excedrin (1 caplet)||–||−||65|
|Midol (1 pill)||–||−||60|
|NoDoz (1 tablet)||–||−||200|
1 oz = 29.56 mL.
McLellan TM, Caldwell JA, Lieberman HR A review of caffeine’s effects on cognitive, physical and occupational performance. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2016 Dec;71:294-312. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.09.001. Epub 2016 Sep 6.