In some clime drinking coffee is the norm and matter of fact some folks are so addicted to coffee that, they can’t function properly without consuming coffee. Also some folks are hooked up on energy drinks, tea and soda and consume such daily. So, if you’re like the above mentioned people, these drinks contain caffeine, and this can be addictive and detrimental to your health. The big question is; do you know the caffeine content of your favorite drink/coffee?
Next time you pick up that your favorite coffee/drink, you may want to take a look at just how much caffeine you get in a typical day, this is especially important if you’re bothered by headaches, restlessness or anxiety.Please be mindful, if your caffeine habit totals more than 500 milligrams (mg) a day, you may want to consider cutting back. Lately with the growing popularity of energy drinks, many parents have become concerned about how much caffeine their kids are getting.
In the US, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that adolescents get no more than 100 mg of caffeine a day, while younger children shouldn’t drink caffeinated beverages on a regular basis.Please note, the actual caffeine content of the same coffee drink can vary from day to day even at the same coffee shop, this is because of various factors, such as roasting and grinding as well as brewing time. The caffeine content of tea also is affected by how long it’s brewed.
For some people, following cessation of caffeine consumption, they might develop, caffeine withdrawal symptoms.Normally to be diagnosed with caffeine withdrawal, you must experience at least three of five symptoms within 24 hours of stopping or reducing caffeine intake:
- Fatigue or drowsiness,
- Depressed mood or irritability,
- Difficulty concentrating,
- And flulikesymptoms such as nausea or muscle pain
In the US, the leading dietary source of caffeine among adults is coffee, whereas the leading source for children is soda. About 70 percent of sodas contain caffeine, according to Johns Hopkins University. Estimates for North America say that 80 to 90 percent of adults and children consume caffeine habitually.In general, caffeine is considered safe if people stay within recommended limits. In order to avoid robbing the body of basic nutrient like calcium and causing negative health effects, it’s best to keep total intake below 400 milligrams a day. This is true whether you are drinking coffee, soda, other beverages that contain the drug or a combination of such drinks.
Be reminded that caffeine can occur naturally in plants such as coffee or be manufactured and added to foods such as soda. The amount of caffeine in soda and coffee can differ depending on the manufacturer and the variety.
References & Photo Credit
- Mayo Clinics