Is there Caffeine in Apples?

There is somewhat popular health advice being passed around 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.

No Caffeine in Apples

An apple will wake a person up somewhat, but it’s not because of caffeine. The high sugar content of an apple is what does the trick.

Fructose is digested quickly which raises blood sugar levels and gives the body, more or less, a sugar rush.

In fact, one medium apple has about the same sugar content as drinking half of a 12oz 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.

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Last Modified: July 23, 2014