Published on March 3rd, 2014 | by admin

Caffeine Awareness Month

As we embark on a new working week, it is also the start of Caffeine Awareness Month which is an opportunity to be mindful of the amount of caffeine we are drinking. It’s found in tea, coffee, chocolate and some cold drinks.

According to the New Scientist, caffeine is the world’s most popular ‘psychoactive drug’. Hot drinks containing it are a big part of our daily routine for the vast majority of us with a breakfast cup of coffee and a mid-morning tea-break par for the course. In addition energy drinks containing caffeine continue to grow in popularity.

Coffee is apparently the most popular drink worldwide and according to The British Coffee Association, around 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. Certainly the widespread habit of drinking several cups of coffee in the morning is easily understood considering that caffeine is said to stimulate the release of fats into the blood which are then burned rapidly for energy.

However numerous studies have highlighted both the positive and negative effects that it has though we are also warned that we should drink coffee and tea ‘within safe limits’.

Medical experts claim that too much caffeine can unwittingly lead to problems such as insomnia, indigestion, an increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. However in moderation, caffeine is known to be packed full of antioxidants. It has also been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer and breast cancer as well as a lower risk of type two diabetes.

Here’s some interesting statistics about caffeine to peruse over your morning cuppa. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) advise that the daily recommended maximum intake of caffeine is 400mg which is low bearing in mind that the average cup of instant coffee contains 77-150 mg of caffeine, tea contains 40-80mg and Red Bull contains 80mg.

The FSA also report that just a dose of 5mg caffeine per kilogram bodyweight could result in transient behavioural changes, such as increased arousal, irritability, nervousness or anxiety in some people.

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