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 Ingredient Synonyms or Other Names
Coffee Beans Caffea sp., green coffee extract, coffee extract
Cocoa Cacao, Theobroma cacao, chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, cocao nibs
Kola Nut Cola nitida, Cola Seeds, natural cola flavor
Yerba Mate’ Mate’, Ilex paraguariensis
Guarana Paullinia cupana
Green Tea Camellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia, green tea extract
Black Tea Camellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia, black tea extract
White Tea Camellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia
Oolong Tea Camellia Sinesis, Thea Sinesis, Camellia
Kombucha Fermented tea


Ilex guayusa
Yaupon Yaupon Holly, Cassina, Ilex vomitoria
Dicaffeine Malate Caffeine combined with malic acid
Caffeine Citrate Caffeine 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