Is there Caffeine in Apples?

There is somewhat popular health advice being passed around online that states “eating an apple wakes you up as well as a cup of coffee.”

I’m not even sure where this statement originally came from, but some have come to believe that apples must contain caffeine. Let’s have a look at the nutrition data of an apple and see what ‘an apple a day’ is actually packing.

Nutrition of an Apple

Serving size 182 grams (1 medium apple)
Calories 95
Sugar 19
Protein 0.5mg
Vitamin C 8.4mg
Vitamin A 98.3 IU
Folate 5.5mcg
Choline 6.2mcg
Calcium 10.9mg
Phosphorus 20mg
Potassium 195mg
Caffeine 0mg

Apples also contain very small traces of other vitamins and minerals.

There’s No Caffeine in Apples

An apple will help a person feel more energetic, but it’s not because of caffeine. The high sugar content of an apple is what does the trick. And, because the sugar in apples is also bound to fiber this feeling lasts longer than other sugary snacks like candy bars.

Fructose, the primary sugar in an apple, is a simple sugar and is digested quickly which raises blood sugar levels. Your brain happens to love sugar so this is why we crave sugary snacks and why they are so rewarding.

In fact, one medium apple has about the same sugar content as drinking half of a 12oz Coke. However, it is much healthier to eat an apple than to drink a Coke.

So, even though apples don’t wake you up with a jolt of caffeine, they are a healthy way to get a sugar rush.

Written by Ted Kallmyer, last updated on January 30, 2020