How Much Caffeine is In Dr. Pepper? (Yes, It Contains Caffeine!)
Is there a doctor in the house? Paging Dr. Pepper! This beloved popular soda is ready to help jump-start your day with its one-of-a-kind blend of over a dozen flavours and, most importantly, its caffeine content (yes, it contains caffeine!).
This article answers the question: how much caffeine is in Dr. Pepper?
What Is Dr. Pepper?
Dr. Pepper is a carbonated soft drink, aka “native Texan,” that originated in Waco, Texas in 1885 as America’s unique flavour (1).
Fun fact: the period from Dr. Pepper was dropped in the 1950s, yet both Dr and Dr. versions are used interchangeably to this day.
Dr. Pepper’s authentic blend of 23 unknown fruit flavours gives it its iconic, most-original, and misunderstood status. Besides the classic one, other types of Dr. Pepper variations include Cream Soda, Cream Soda Zero Sugar, Zero Sugar, Cherry, Cherry Zero Sugar, Cherry Vanilla, Diet, Diet Cherry Vanilla, Caffeine Free, Caffeine Free Diet, and Made With Real Sugar (2). However, only the classic and Diet flavours are available in Canada.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but what if we want Dr. Pepper to stay? For a unique exception to the otherwise cautionary tale of long-term soda use, check out this YouTube video.
Does Dr. Pepper Have Caffeine?
Yes, Dr. Pepper is one of the many carbonated soft drinks containing caffeine, except Caffeine Free and Caffeine Free Diet Dr. Peppers, which do not. The complete list of ingredients for a 355 ml can of Dr. Pepper in Canada includes carbonated water, sugars (sugar/glucose-fructose), caramel colour, phosphoric acid, natural and artificial flavour, sodium benzoate (preservative), caffeine, PEG (propylene glycol), with 140 calories, 55 mg of sodium, and 38 g of added sugars.
As a note of caution: the amount of sugar in a single serving can of Dr. Pepper exceeds the recommendation by the American Heart Association for a healthy daily amount (3).
To maintain a healthful diet, it is best for males to consume no more than 36 grams (g) of added sugar per day, and for females to consume no more than 25 g per day
Just one can of Dr. Pepper has too much sugar for your healthy daily allowance.
How Much Caffeine Is In Dr. Pepper?
Dr. Pepper has 42 mg of caffeine in a can of 355 ml, with 11.8 mg of caffeine per 100 ml. For comparison to some other popular 355 ml soda amounts to 4 mg more than the caffeine in Pepsi and 13 mg less than Mtn Dew’s caffeine.
How much caffeine is in Dr. Pepper? Dr. Pepper has 42 mg of caffeine in a can of 355 ml and 11.8 mg of caffeine per 100 ml. This is relatively comparable to the amount of caffeine in other well-known carbonated soft drinks like Pepsi and Mtn Dew.
Dr. Pepper has 42 mg of caffeine in a can of 355 ml compared to about 136 mg of caffeine in brewed coffee for the same amount. Coffee is your best bet if you’re looking at caffeine quantities. However, Dr. Pepper has the nostalgia factor and easier portability in a can.
Diet Dr. Pepper has the same caffeine as regular Dr. Pepper in Canada. Diet Dr. Pepper contains 11.8 mg of caffeine per 100 ml and 42 mg in a can of 300 ml.
Dr. Pepper has 26 mg of caffeine in a can of 222 ml, 42 mg in a can of 355 ml, and 70 mg in a bottle of 591 ml. Coke has 21 mg of caffeine in a can of 222 ml, 32 mg in a can of 355 ml, and 53 mg in a bottle of 591 ml. Dr. Pepper wins here on the caffeine front (4).
- Dr Pepper Museum. (n.d.). History. Retrieved October 13, 2022, from https://drpeppermuseum.com/history/
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- Link, R. (2018, August 10). How Much Caffeine Do Coke and Diet Coke Contain? Retrieved October 17, 2022, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/caffeine-in-coke