You Certainly do not know this about Coffee and Caffeine

Caffeine is naturally found in the leaves, beans, seeds, and fruits of many plants. It’s also added to some foods and drinks and some pain relievers. Caffeine works by exciting your nervous system which may make you feel more awake and alert. Having too much caffeine may make some individuals feel nervous, restless or jittery. Too much caffeine can also make it challenging to fall asleep as the effects can be felt for up to 6 hours.

Here what are some sources of caffeine

Common sources of caffeine include coffee, tea, caffeinated soda, energy drinks, chocolate, some over the counter medicines, and some prescription medications. Teens usually get caffeine by drinking soda and energy drinks. Caffeine is also found in some dietary supplements, diet pills, energy shots, and caffeine caplets.

An energy drink is just like drinking coffee or soda

Not necessarily. Most energy drinks have high levels of caffeine in addition to other added vitamins, minerals, and/or chemicals that could have an impact on the effect of the caffeine as well as your overall health.

Here how much should I have

It’s recommended by medical professionals that kids and teens limit or avoid caffeine, in part because the amount of caffeine that’s safe for teens to have in a day has not been determined. For adults, a limit of 300 milligrams of caffeine per day is considered safe. Given that we do not yet know the amount of caffeine that is safe for teens, for adolescents drinking more than 300 mg (about the amount in 3-4 cups of coffee) it is important to cut back on caffeine consumption.

Here what are the side effects with caffeine

The effect caffeine has on a person depends on how sensitive that person is to it. Sensitivity is affected by body weight and the amount of caffeine a person typically has. Some teens who are more sensitive to caffeine will feel stronger effects with smaller amounts than others who may be less sensitive to it.

Having too much caffeine can cause side effects like “the jitters,” restlessness, anxiety, insomnia (trouble sleeping), headaches, high blood pressure and a fast heart rate. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it will make you have to urinate (pee) more often. It can be dehydrating if you are in the heat or working out, so for individuals sensitive to caffeine, it may be best to avoid it before vigorous exercise.

Another impact of caffeine that is particularly important for adolescents is its relationship to bone health. It has been reported that individuals who consume a high amount of caffeine may have bones with less density, ultimately leading to weaker bones. This happens because caffeinated beverages may interfere with your body’s ability to absorb calcium.

Caffeine can also cause certain medical conditions, such as heart problems, to become worse. Although it is uncommon, extremely high intake of caffeine from energy drinks has been linked to some deaths in teenagers. If you take in caffeine in combination with some medications used for ADHD, asthma, and certain heart conditions, the side effects (such as feeling like you have the jitters) can be more noticeable and uncomfortable. It’s important that you ask your health care provider if you should avoid caffeine.

In addition, caffeine can be especially harmful when mixed with alcohol. This is because the caffeine can give a person who has been drinking a false sense of alertness which may make the typical effects of alcohol consumption feel different which can be confusing for the brain. It is very important not to mix alcohol and caffeinated beverages.

The following table lists how much caffeine is in some popular drinks and chocolate products.

  • For coffee and tea products, the actual caffeine content can vary depending on the brewing method, the type of plant and the brand

  • Brewed, drip method – 8fl. oz. cup
  • Espresso – 1fl. oz. serving
  • Instant – 8fl. oz. cup
  • Decaffeinated, brewed – 8fl. oz. cup

Typical Milligrams of Caffeine:

  • 95
  • 64
  • 63
  • 2

  • Black tea bag – 8fl. oz. cup
  • Iced tea – 8fl. oz. glass

Typical Milligrams of Caffeine:

  • 50
  • 25

Energy Drinks:

  • Monster ® – 8fl. oz.
  • Full Throttle ® – 8fl. oz.
  • Red Bull ® – 8fl. oz.
  • Rockstar ® – 8fl. oz.

Typical Milligrams of Caffeine:

  • 86
  • 80
  • 77
  • 79
Chocolate Product:

  • Dark Chocolate – 1 oz.
  • Milk Chocolate – 1 oz.
  • Chocolate Milk – 8fl. oz.

Typical Milligrams of Caffeine:

  • 12-24
  • 6
  • 2

  • Coca-Cola ® – 12fl. oz.
  • Pepsi ® – 12fl. oz.
  • Mountain Dew ® – 12fl. oz.

Typical Milligrams of Caffeine:

  • 35
  • 38
  • 54

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