Health Facts about Caffeine
Whether you drink a cup of coffee in the morning before getting ready to head into work or grab an energy drink mid-day to stay alert at the office, there are many reasons why we rely on caffeine. Caffeine allows us to not only stay alert, but also to stay active when our natural body energy is dragging.
The question is: is caffeine good or bad for us?
Everything that we consume daily is all based on how often and how much we are indulging in it. But of course, some things are worse than others and it may be best to avoid if at all possible.
Read more to find out how caffeine works, its benefits, and what foods and drinks that you may be unaware of their caffeine contents:
What is caffeine?
Caffeine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system and can be found in both tea and coffee plants.
What are the benefits of caffeine?
Caffeine can have a positive impact on our bodies and minds. It has been shown to make our minds more alert, improves our concentration and relieves stress.
But there are also important side effects that include dehydration, sleep deprivation, anxiety and upset stomach.
What contains caffeine?
It is pretty common knowledge that teas, coffee and sodas all contain caffeine.
But it is important to know that the FDA does not require food companies to list if a product contains caffeine, so you could be consuming products that contain the stimulant!
Products that contain caffeine are:
- Decaf Coffee
- Ice Cream (chocolate & coffee flavors)
- Weight Loss Pills
- Pain Relievers
Negative Effects of Caffeine
Caffeine can have its benefits to the brain and our ability to concentrate, but it also has its downside.
Because caffeine raises blood pressure, there is question to whether or not this is dangerous to our bodies over time.
Studies have shown that the constant consumption of coffee and the continual rise of our blood pressure over long periods of time can potentially raise your risk of developing heart disease.
Another negative effect of caffeine is its addictive nature. Although caffeine is safe in small doses, the problem with caffeine is those were are addicted and drink large amounts of it.
American portion sizes make it hard to keep track of how much caffeine we consume when we eat out at restaurants or fast food chains.
The best tip when it comes to consuming caffeine is to watch the food and drinks you are consuming and to lower your intake of soda and coffee.