Many people depend on caffeine to jump start their day, but the source of the caffeine and the amount of caffeine is important to your health.
Caffeine is considered safe if you stay within the recommended limits. Too much caffeine can rob your body of calcium and cause a significant increase in your blood pressure. Your daily intake should no more than 400mg. The amount of caffeine in beverages varies greatly. For example, the amount of caffeine in coffee is greater from one variety to another and soft drinks vary from one manufacturer to another.
An eight ounce cup of brewed robusta coffee typically has 95-150 mg of caffeine. Some soft drinks can have up to 55 mg of caffeine. The leading source of caffeine for US adults is coffee consumption. The leading source for children is soft drinks. That means 80 to 90 percent of adults and children consume caffeine habitually. Studies show that staying within recommended caffeine limits can promote a person’s ability to pay attention. 30 mg or less of caffeine can alter mood and affect a person’s behavior, while 100 mg daily can cause physical dependence along with withdrawal symptoms upon abstinence. Of course all of this depends on the person’s physical condition, weight and sensitivity to caffeine. If a person consumes more than his tolerance, his thinking abilities and concentration worsen and the health risks increase. Too much caffeine includes sweating, anxiety, tenseness and inability to concentrate.
Now here is the other side of the story. Coffee gives you that little extra kick and has been proven to improve your health in other ways. Soft drinks on the other hand have that little kick but can cause health problems in children and adults. One soft drink contains approximately 18 packets of sugar. Over consumption of sugar is a major cause of obesity and diseases such as diabetes Just drinking one 12 ounce can per day can add an extra 16 pounds to your weight annually. Not only is the sugar bad for you but you need to consider the other ingredients as well. Sugar substitutes, flavoring, preservatives and artificial colors. None of which have any health benefits.
If you are looking for a caffeine fix that is healthier for you, try a good cup of organic coffee without all the fixings.