I heard recently that an apple have more caffeine than a cup of coffee.  This struck me as a crazy claim so I decided to investigate.  It turns out that it is indeed a crazy claim.  An apple has no caffeine in it at all, but if you google the question it yields over one and a half million hits, so there is plenty of confusion out there.  On the bright side the top hits all debunk the myth of apples having more caffeine.  

 

It seems that the question derives from the idea that with or without caffeine an apple will wake you up just as well as a cup of coffee.  A little bit more plausible, but not much more.  I think this is believed because the apple has a decent amount of sugar in it – roughly the same as 6 ounces of coke.  This is far more than a cup of coffee has since coffee in turn has no sugar unless you add some.  Of course, at risk of stating the obvious coffee will have more sugar in it than an apple if you add more sugar and less if you do not.  

 

If you add no sugar, which one will wake you up more – as coffee is a stimulant and sugar is a stimulant?  Well, my experience suggests that coffee will wake you up far better, but that neither one will have a major impact on me if I am regularly drinking coffee and eating foods with sugar in them (and while I do not have much of a sweet tooth, I do not imagine I have ever gone through a day without taking in any sugar in some form or another having never fasted).

 

I cannot think of a single time that I ate an apple, though, and felt like it gave me a buzz whereas if I do not drink coffee for a while even one cup of coffee will give me a nice buzz so my personal experience suggests the answer is obvious, but perhaps it is just that - personal - or perhaps it is just something fun to claim to see how it surprises people.

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Submitted by jbviau on
Apple seeds do contain a cyanide compound though. I first heard about it as a kid while watching G.I. Joe. IIRC the soldiers attacked some kind of creature by firing apples at it with bazookas and tanks! ;) <a href="http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/apples.asp" rel="nofollow">http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/apples.asp</a>

Submitted by avaserfi on
When I saw the title of this post, I was a little confused. Now it makes sense. These kinds of myths are crazy. Glad to see common sense prevails.

That's funny I gleamed that piece of knowledge from the same source, making that weird blob creature eat up an apple orchard.

Apples contain a variety of sugars, like glucose and fructose, that are broken down easily for quick energy. They also contain B vitamins, which are good for extended energy (just ask Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, etc.). The effects vary by apple variety, as well as person, but apples and applesauce are a decent alternative to caffeine, especially if you can't consume it. A single apple, though, would be more like one K cup of coffee, at best.

I think both apple and caffeine do provide energy and wake you up, but each in their different way. Apple provides calories mostly, along with some other vitamin Bs and in analogy, that's as if you're filling an empty tank with fuel. While caffeine is more of a stimulant, it increases your fuel consumption rate but does not add up to the fuel level.

Submitted by wakeknot on
I guess if you take it that way a cup of coffee is far better for you than an apple, too! Who knew?

Submitted by wakeknot on
It sounds like this post made you pause exactly the same way the comment made me pause!

Submitted by wakeknot on
Too funny. It sounds like we need to have Roaste.com movie night! (or perhaps I just am not watching enough movies).

Submitted by wakeknot on
I like this idea of calibrating based on the form of preparation. They should have nutrition labels on apples and k cups!

Submitted by wakeknot on
good point. I do think that when I drink coffee it almost makes me a little more hungry instead of less for this reason.

Submitted by wakeknot on
that is a good point, too. I eat a lot of apples and it would be a shame if that had to come to a halt for the same reason that I don't want 10 cups of coffee.

Submitted by wakeknot on
funny that exact expression has been bouncing through my head as I have read the previous comments, too.

Submitted by donnedonne on
i think it's just that apple has readily accessible sugar that gives you a nice boost in the morning. i'd rather have eggs bacon and coffee though

Is the rumor true - does an apple have as much caffeine as a cup of coffee?

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I heard recently that an apple have more caffeine than a cup of coffee.  This struck me as a crazy claim so I decided to investigate.  It turns out that it is indeed a crazy claim.  An apple has no caffeine in it at all, but if you google the question it yields over one and a half million hits, so there is plenty of confusion out there.  On the bright side the top hits all debunk the myth of apples having more caffeine.  

 

It seems that the question derives from the idea that with or without caffeine an apple will wake you up just as well as a cup of coffee.  A little bit more plausible, but not much more.  I think this is believed because the apple has a decent amount of sugar in it – roughly the same as 6 ounces of coke.  This is far more than a cup of coffee has since coffee in turn has no sugar unless you add some.  Of course, at risk of stating the obvious coffee will have more sugar in it than an apple if you add more sugar and less if you do not.  

 

If you add no sugar, which one will wake you up more – as coffee is a stimulant and sugar is a stimulant?  Well, my experience suggests that coffee will wake you up far better, but that neither one will have a major impact on me if I am regularly drinking coffee and eating foods with sugar in them (and while I do not have much of a sweet tooth, I do not imagine I have ever gone through a day without taking in any sugar in some form or another having never fasted).

 

I cannot think of a single time that I ate an apple, though, and felt like it gave me a buzz whereas if I do not drink coffee for a while even one cup of coffee will give me a nice buzz so my personal experience suggests the answer is obvious, but perhaps it is just that - personal - or perhaps it is just something fun to claim to see how it surprises people.

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i think it's just that apple

April 10, 2012 | by donnedonne

i think it's just that apple has readily accessible sugar that gives you a nice boost in the morning. i'd rather have eggs bacon and coffee though

@son ton

February 23, 2012 | by wakeknot

funny that exact expression has been bouncing through my head as I have read the previous comments, too.

@hoonchul

February 23, 2012 | by wakeknot

that is a good point, too. I eat a lot of apples and it would be a shame if that had to come to a halt for the same reason that I don't want 10 cups of coffee.

@samuellaw

February 23, 2012 | by wakeknot

good point. I do think that when I drink coffee it almost makes me a little more hungry instead of less for this reason.

@Steve

February 23, 2012 | by wakeknot

I like this idea of calibrating based on the form of preparation. They should have nutrition labels on apples and k cups!

@intrepid

February 23, 2012 | by wakeknot

Too funny. It sounds like we need to have Roaste.com movie night! (or perhaps I just am not watching enough movies).

@avaserfi

February 23, 2012 | by wakeknot

It sounds like this post made you pause exactly the same way the comment made me pause!

@jbviau

February 23, 2012 | by wakeknot

I guess if you take it that way a cup of coffee is far better for you than an apple, too! Who knew?

Too funny

February 19, 2012 | by jbviau

Apple seeds do contain a cyanide compound though. I first heard about it as a kid while watching G.I. Joe. IIRC the soldiers attacked some kind of creature by firing apples at it with bazookas and tanks! ;) http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/apples.asp

coffee is better than apple?

February 19, 2012 | by sontondaman

They say that an apple a day will keep the doctor away but for me at least, a cup of coffee a day will keep the doctor away.

As crazy as it sounded I'm

February 18, 2012 | by hoonchul@hotmail.com

As crazy as it sounded I'm still glad to hear that its just a myth. It would be a tragedy if I had to limit apples in my diet.

different maybe?

February 16, 2012 | by samuellaw178

I think both apple and caffeine do provide energy and wake you up, but each in their different way. Apple provides calories mostly, along with some other vitamin Bs and in analogy, that's as if you're filling an empty tank with fuel. While caffeine is more of a stimulant, it increases your fuel consumption rate but does not add up to the fuel level.

True(ish)

February 16, 2012 | by stephen.rhinehart

Apples contain a variety of sugars, like glucose and fructose, that are broken down easily for quick energy. They also contain B vitamins, which are good for extended energy (just ask Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, etc.). The effects vary by apple variety, as well as person, but apples and applesauce are a decent alternative to caffeine, especially if you can't consume it. A single apple, though, would be more like one K cup of coffee, at best.

@jbviau

February 16, 2012 | by intrepid510

That's funny I gleamed that piece of knowledge from the same source, making that weird blob creature eat up an apple orchard.

Of course

February 16, 2012 | by avaserfi

When I saw the title of this post, I was a little confused. Now it makes sense. These kinds of myths are crazy. Glad to see common sense prevails.

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