I’m a huge coffee lover, and not drinking coffee for the past seven months (!!) has been a pretty tough adjustment. Even though our doctor reassured us that a little caffeine every day was okay for pregnant women(and, to be honest, pretty hard to avoid since caffeine seems to be in everything), we (the nervous first-time parents) thought it would be better to err on the side of caution.
While there are conflicting articles online about exactly how much caffeine is considered healthy or safe for pregnant women to consume, the figure our doctor gave us was 200mg a day. Which, yes! That qualifies a grande Starbucks latte (150mg) or chai tea latte (90g) according to the caffeine informer. But what about instant coffee or non-coffee beverages with caffeine?
Well, a can of coca-cola contains a little less that 60mg and sprite -surprisingly – contains 0mg of caffeine (so ideal for anyone who prefers 사이더).
And, perhaps the most shocking of all were the various brands of coffee milk here in Korea and how much caffeine there actually was in them! I was trying to convince my husband that coffee milk was an acceptable alternative to real coffee because it only had coffee flavoring. My argument failed spectacularly due to a quick internet search, haha). According to this site, the caffeine content of various Korean brands ranged from 42mg to a whopping 237mg (!!) in single can or box. Yikes!
And, finally, we get to the whole reason of this post – The Korean staple “Mix Coffee.”
There is, predictably, no information on the caffeine content on mix coffee available in English. A quick naver search also didn’t turn up anything immediately useful, so the last option was google (which is generally better at taking random key words and getting me to the article(s) I need in Korean). And finally, success!
You can find the caffeine content of each brand as the fourth figure down on each list under caffeine(카페인). As you can see from the picture above, one stick of “Choice L Mocha Gold Coffee Mix” contains 41.5 mg of caffeine whereas one stick of “E-mart Star Mix Mocha Gold Coffee Mix” contains 77.2mg. Caffeine content varies from brand to brand, but nothing tops more than 100mg – so, as far as recommended caffeine intake for pregnant women goes, it’s perfectly fine to drink a cup or two a day without worries.
Here are how some other brands stack up:
So, now that we’ve laid your (and my) worries to rest – Happy drinking!