Monday, November 27, 2006
If you’re a fan of decaf coffee, here’s some news that might put a jolt in your day: You might be getting more caffeine than you think.Here’s the story, which came across Sunday from Cox News Service:
If your decaf java is giving you a bit of a kick, it’s probably not your mind playing games on you. Almost all decaf coffee contains some measure of caffeine, according to a new study by University of Florida researchers.
And while the punch is often mild, decaf coffee is not the same as caffeine-free. It’s more like caffeine light.
The University of Florida analysis of caffeine levels in 10 16-ounce decaffeinated drip-brewed coffee beverages from nine national chains or local coffee houses found every serving but one - instant decaffeinated Folgers Coffee Crystals - contained caffeine, ranging from 8.6 milligrams to 13.9 milligrams.
In comparison, an 8-ounce cup of drip-brewed coffee typically contains 85 milligrams of caffeine.
Bruce Goldberger, a professor and director of UF’s William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, said the findings could be a concern for people who are advised to cut their caffeine intake, such as those with kidney disease, hypertension or anxiety disorders.
Others who are sensitive to caffeine may now understand why they toss and turn all night after enjoying cup of decaf with an evening dessert.