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iVillage.com: Is Caffeine Addictive? Can It Sober You Up? Here’s What’s Fact and Fiction

Fact: Caffeine is not Always Listed on Food and Drink Labels

This is a tricky one. Though caffeine is found in things such as chocolate, coffee beans and tea leaves, it isn't a nutrient (it’s a naturally-occurring chemical), so it's not required to be listed on the ingredients. For example, guarana is a botanical herb used in energy drinks and has up to four times the amount of caffeine as coffee beans. “But the amount of caffeine from guarana likely won’t be listed on the label,” says Engle. On the other hand, caffeine that’s added to foods, like caffeinated water or fruit juice, must be listed on the label, although it still doesn't have to say how much caffeine the product contains.

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