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How Much Caffeine Is in Mello Yello Soda? 2024 Breakdown

Mello Yello Soda Citrus

Caffeine (serving: 12 fl oz)
51 mg
Caffeine (mg / fl oz)
Caffeine strength

Mello Yello is a soft drink created by The Coca-Cola Company in 1979 and produced by them since. Mello Yello was created as Coca-Cola’s answer to PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew. Mountain Dew is known for being highly caffeinated, but how does Mello Yello compare? Next to Mountain Dew, Mello Yello is one of the most popular soft drinks out there. If you drink Mello Yello, you might wonder how much caffeine is in a single can.

How does Mello Yello’s caffeine content compare to other caffeinated beverages? If these are questions you have, then keep reading. Below we will tell you all you need to know about caffeine in Mello Yello and more.

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Mello Yello Compared to Other Caffeinated Beverages

Basing the table on Mello Yello having 51 mg of caffeine per fl oz, we’ll list the comparisons below.

Mello Yello (12 fl oz): 51 mg of caffeine
Mello Yello Zero (12 fl oz): 51 mg of caffeine
Mountain Dew (12 fl oz): 54 mg of caffeine
Mountain Dew Zero Sugar (12 fl oz): 68 mg of caffeine
Coca-Cola (12 fl oz): 35 mg of caffeine
Pepsi (12 fl oz): 38 mg of caffeine
Brewed Coffee (8 fl oz): 95 mg of caffeine
Bang Energy (16 fl oz): 300 mg of caffeine
Red Bull (12 fl oz): 80 mg of caffeine

As you can see above, Mello Yello has slightly less caffeine than Mountain Dew but slightly more than your average soft drink. However, Mello Yello contains far less caffeine than coffee and your average energy drink, so if you’re trying to watch your caffeine intake, Mello Yello is a much better option. You may be wondering why you would want to watch your caffeine intake to begin with.

Mello Yello Soda Citrus bottle

The Side Effects of Caffeine

Too much caffeine consumption can lead to a wide range of side effects. Caffeine blocks the production of adenosine and increases the production of adrenaline. This can lead to paranoia and anxiety if too much caffeine is consumed in too short of a period.

On top of anxiety, Caffeine can cause insomnia, cause you to wake up earlier than usual, and lead to rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is a condition where skeletal muscle breaks down and enters your bloodstream; this can lead to kidney failure and can be fatal. In the worst-case scenario, too much caffeine consumption could lead to a caffeine overdose. The symptoms of a caffeine overdose are hallucinations, involuntary muscle movement, anxiety, vomiting, confusion, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat. If not treated, a caffeine overdose will end in death, so if you experience these symptoms, call 911.

Experts recommend you consume no more than 400 mg of caffeine a day, which means you most likely don’t need to worry about Mello Yello leading to side effects. You would have to drink just under eight cans of Mello Yello to exceed 400 mg.

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Closing Thoughts

Mello Yello has quite a bit of caffeine compared to some drinks and a bit less than a few. If you like Mello Yello, and it is your drink of choice, it’s best to be careful about your caffeine intake.

If you have a sensitivity to caffeine, many other drinks will give you the energy you need to make it through the day without the jitteriness and problems that caffeine can cause. If you don’t have any issues with caffeine, a can of Mello Yello might be your ticket to having enough energy to get through the day.

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Ollie Jones

Oliver (Ollie) Jones is a zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia. Originally from the US, he thought he loved coffee before his big move down under, but his discovery of the flat white and the cafe on every corner has taken his coffee passion to a whole new level. He's so excited to share his knowledge and experience with readers worldwide (and keep testing coffee drinks while he's at it).

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