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Web Extras: Caffeine

You might get an unexpected buzz from caffeine or other buzz-producing additives in an array of sports drinks or foods. In this chart to accompany our story in the GearTrends® Winter 2006 Outdoor magazine, we list what you get in some common sports products and in a few comparison drinks. You'll find not only caffeine in milligrams, but also fat, carbohydrates, type of sweetener, as well as other ingredients of note.


Bar Serving Size Caffeine (mg) Caffeine source Calories Carbs (g) Fat (g) Sweetener, type Sodium (mg) other ingredients of note
GU Gel 1 pack (32 grams) Espresso Love, 40; all other
flavors except Banana Blitz, 20
kola nut extract 100 25 0 maltodextrin,
fructose 
40 leucine, vitamin E, vitamin
C, chamomile, ginger
PowerBar 1 bar (65 grams) Cappuccino, 25; Chocolate and
Chocolate Peanut Butter, 15
caffeine, chocolate 230-250 45 2.5 high fructose corn syrup with
grape and pear juice concentrate, maltodextrin
95-110 vitamins
C, E, B; leucine, isoleucine, valine; iron, calcium, folic acid 
Power
Gel
1 pack (41 grams) Green Apple, Chocolate and
Strawberry Banana, 25; Tangerine, 50
caffeine, kola nut extract 120 26 1.5 maltodextrin,
fructose, dextrose 
45 vitamins C, E, and leucine,
isoleucine, valine
Clif Bar 1 bar (68 grams) Cool Mint Chocolate
and Peanut Toffee Buzz, 50 
green tea extract 230-250 46 3.5 organic brown rice syrup solids,
organic evaporated cane juice
110-140 various vitamins and minerals
including A, B, C and iron
Clif Shot 1 pack (32 grams) Mocha Mocha, Sonic Strawberry and
Cola Buzzzz, 40
kola nut extract 100 25 0 brown rice syrup 40 sea salt
Clif Shot
Drink
2 scoops (16 fl oz.) Crisp Apple, 50 caffeine 160 38 0 organic brown rice syrup solids,
organic evaporated cane juice
360 decaffeinated green
tea extract 
Honey
Stinger gel
1 pack (37 grams) Strawberry and Ginsting, 32 kola nut extract 120 29 0 honey,
maltodextrin 
50 ginseng, vitamin B complex
Guayaki
Organic Energy Drink
1 bottle (16 fl. oz.) 145-155 yerba mate 76 18 0 organic evaporated cane juice 22 various vitamins and minerals
including A, B, C, E, iron, calcium, selenium
Guayaki Tea  8 oz. tea bag, 22-52; loose, 65-135 yerba mate 0 0 0 none 0 various vitamins and minerals
including A, B, C, E, iron, calcium, selenium
EnduroShot 1 bottle (2.2 fl. oz./65 ml) 40-50 caffeine 0 0 0 sucralose 32 taurine, B vitamins, magnesium,
and F,D&C red #40 or yellow #6
Zipfizz 1 tube (12.3 grams) 100 green tea, guarana 10 2 0 Xylitol, sucralose 60 taurine, ginseng, ginger,
various vitamins and minerals including A, B, C, E, calcium and zinc
Emergen-C 1 packet (8 grams) 0 none 20 5 0 fructose 60 various vitamins and minerals,
including B, C, calcium and zinc
Red Bull 1 can (8.3 fl. oz./250 ml) 80 caffeine 110 28 0 sucrose, glucose 200 taurine, niacin, vitamin B12
Mountain
Dew
12 oz. 55 caffeine 165 46 0 high fructose corn syrup,
concentrated orange juice
75 brominated vegetable oil, yellow
5
Green
Tea
8 oz. 25-40 green tea
Cola 12 oz. 35-50 caffeine
Coffee 8 oz. 80-135 caffeine

Note: Most brands’ flavors with chocolate have trace amounts of naturally occurring caffeine, e.g. from about 3-15 mgs.