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Question #49472 posted on 12/30/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've heard my whole life that potatoes have caffeine in them. However, I can't find anything either way on this on the internet. Do potatoes really have caffeine in them or is this just a myth?

-curious about caffeine

A: Dear Curious,

I have never heard this myth before, but after some research I can confidently say that it's unsubstantiated. Don't be passing this one along.

Waldorf and Sauron
A: Dear Curious,

Since you can't get a natural buzz off your potatoes, you can always get your hands on some of these.

A: Dear curious,

I wasn't able to find any indication that there was caffeine in potatoes, nor even a mention of a myth that there was caffeine in potatoes. The closest link I was able to think of is that potatoes do contain low levels of some alkaloid compounds (caffeine is also an alkaloid), but they're only very vaguely related to caffeine and have different effects. You don't need to worry about caffeine in potatoes.

—Laser Jock