5 Surprising Foods That Contain Caffeine

Coffee and tea aren't the only caffeine culprits out there.

5 Surprising Foods That Contain Caffeine

By Reina Berger

Ever notice your heart racing and your hands shaking even when you haven't consumed any coffee or tea? Caffeine is sneaking up in all sorts of surprising places these days. If you want to avoid an unwanted buzz, check out our list of the top five surprising foods that have caffeine in them. Too much caffeine can cause anxiety, increased thirst, insomnia, fevers, headaches, irregular heartbeats, and difficulty breathing. Keep this list handy to steer clear of any health problems and ensure your caffeine consumption stays under control.


More: The 7-Day Caffeine Detox

Chocolate

While you may be enjoying a piece of chocolate purely to satisfy your sweet tooth, you may also get a secret hit of caffeine in the process. The darker the chocolate, the more caffeine it tends to have, so keep that in mind when you choose your next treat. For example, there are 43 milligrams of caffeine per 100 grams of dark chocolate, and 14 milligrams of caffeine per 100 grams of some milk chocolate candies.

More: Quiz: Do You Need a Caffeine Detox?

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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