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Prenatal: Caffeine Consumption Guidelines for Pregnant Women


The new caffeine guidelines for pregnant women recommend no more than 200 mg of caffeine a day.

CAFFEINE IN FOODS AND BEVERAGES

Food/Beverage                                                                     Caffeine (milligrams)

Coffee
Espresso coffee, brewed, 8 fluid ounces                         502
Coffee, brewed, 8 fluid ounces                                             85
Coffee, instant, 8 fluid ounces                                               62  
Coffee, brewed, decaffeinated, 8 fluid ounces                     3
Coffee, instant, decaffeinated,  8 fluid ounces                     2

Tea
Tea, brewed, 8 fluid ounces                                                   47
Tea, herbal, brewed, 8 fluid ounces                                       0
Tea, instant, 8 fluid ounces                                                    29
Tea, brewed, decaffeinated, 8 fluid ounces                           3

Chocolate Beverages      
Hot chocolate, 8 fluid ounces                                                    5
Chocolate milk, 8 fluid ounces                                                  5

Soft Drinks  
Cola, 12 ounce can                                                                     37
Cola, with higher caffeine, 12 ounce can                             100
Cola or pepper-type, diet, 12 ounce can                                49
Cola or pepper-type, reg. or diet, no caffeine, 12oz. can       0
Lemon-lime soda, regular or diet, 12 ounce can                   0
Lemon-lime soda, with caffeine, 12 ounce can                    55
Ginger ale, regular or diet, 12 ounce can                                 0
Root beer, regular or diet, 12 ounce can                                  0

Chocolate    
Milk chocolate bar, 1.55 ounces                                                 9
M & M milk chocolate candies, 1.69 ounces                            5
Dark chocolate, semisweet, 1 ounce                                      20

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 16 July 2003.  

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