Whether you prefer a cup of coffee, a can of soda or an energy drink, you likely choose these types of beverages because the caffeine they contain gives you some instant energy — some pep in your step.
There's nothing wrong with a small amount of caffeine daily, but many people consume way more caffeine than they need. So how do you know when it's just too much?
The Effects Of Caffeine
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, heart rate, respiratory function plus it has mood altering properties. Its effects can last from four to six hours at a time. Caffeine’s ability to make you feel alert is a positive effect for many people, but when over-consumed, caffeine can start to have some negative effects, including anxiety, dehydration and insomnia, among others.
How We Get It
One of the biggest problems with caffeine is how we consume it. Many people ingest caffeine via soda and energy drinks, which are chock full of things like aspartame, sugar, food dyes and a lot of other junk. At least with a cup of coffee you can skip the sweeteners — but beware of specialty coffee drinks, since they can be as sugary as an energy drink.
Caffeine Weight Loss Myth
Many people replace meals with a caffeinated beverage such as coffee or diet soda in hopes of eating less, only to get hungry a few hours later. This usually leads to poor food choices and overeating. As I mentioned above, soda, energy drinks and specialty coffee drinks are usually chock full of sugar and other junk that have no nutritional value.
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