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Be Alert about 6 Surprising Sources of Caffeine

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Americans love their morning coffee—in fact, the average number of cups of coffee consumed per day in this country is around three, notes various sources. However, while we enjoy the boost that caffeine gives us in the morning and throughout the day, for some caffeine has become a full-blown addiction.

However, too much caffeine can cause anxiety, insomnia and even increased workload on your heart. With Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month in October, let’s take a closer look at some sources of caffeine (other than the obvious cup of Joe) that you may not be aware of…

1. Chocolate

Yes, this delectable treat can deliver a lot of sugar, but it can also hide a considerable quantity of caffeine. As Health.com points out, cocoa beans contain naturally occurring caffeine, although most candy bars contain less than 10-milligrams (an 8-ounce cup of coffee can have up to 200-milligrams).

However, while dark chocolate is often touted as the more healthy choice because it’s less processed, it often contains more caffeine than milk chocolate, adds the source. Some milk chocolate bars are also fortified with extra caffeine to enhance the boost (up to 60-milligrams), so keep your eyes open for this.

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