Ingredients that Contain Hidden Caffeine


Other Names for Caffeine

Just because a food or drink doesn’t list caffeine on the ingredients list doesn’t mean it is caffeine-free.

There are many ingredients on food labels that contain plant products, which have caffeine or caffeine similar compounds in them.

What’s worse, many of these products do not disclose caffeine amounts.

If you are sensitive to caffeine, then it’s a great idea to educate yourself concerning all the different ways caffeine can be hidden in products, especially those that are being promoted as all-natural and healthy.

What to Look for on Food Labels

Food Label IngredientSynonyms or Other Names
Coffee BeansCaffea sp., green coffee extract, coffee extract
CocoaCacao, Theobroma cacao, chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, cocao nibs
Kola NutCola nitida, Cola Seeds, natural cola flavor
Yerba Mate’Mate’, Ilex paraguariensis
GuaranaPaullinia cupana
Green TeaCamellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia, green tea extract
Black TeaCamellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia, black tea extract
White TeaCamellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia
Oolong TeaCamellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia
KombuchaFermented tea


Ilex guayusa
YauponYaupon Holly, Cassina, Ilex vomitoria
Dicaffeine MalateCaffeine combined with malic acid
Caffeine CitrateCaffeine combined with citric acid

As you can see, caffeine comes in many different forms and can be found in a wide variety of beverages, food, supplements, candy, or other products.

A recent trend in the health food/ supplement industry has been to include exotic sounding ingredients in new products. These ingredients are often from South America or Asia and most people don’t know much about them.

People are attracted to these products because of their exotic sounding names, such as Guayusa, Kombucha, or Yerba Mate’. However, caffeine would be found in any product boasting those ingredients on its label.

If you are allergic or sensitive to caffeine, examine any new drink or product closely to see if the label includes any of the hidden names for caffeine.

Otherwise, you’ll learn the hard way by dealing with the negative symptoms caffeine can often inflict on those who are sensitive to it.

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Last Modified: April 27, 2015