Are you a coffee drinker? All you need to know about caffeine

Are you a coffee drinker? All you need to know about caffeine

Caffeine! Our hero for those hard mornings is often subject to some controversies. Is it overall good or bad for our health? What would happen if we over consume it? How much should we consume daily? Here are your answers!

Caffeine is a nutrient naturally present in multiple plants, such as coffee and cacao bean. We often find it in coffee, tea, chocolate, soda and energy drink. Caffeine is usually consumed for its stimulating effects. However, it can also cause discomfort in some less tolerant people. Its main side effects include agitation, anxiety, nervousness and insomnia.

Research suggests that moderate consumption of up to 3 cups of coffee per day would not pose a health risk to a healthy adult.

A regular cup of coffee contains between 75 and 175 mg of caffeine. A cup of black tea contains 30 to 50 mg. And finally, a can of regular soda can contain between 36 and 46 mg.

Considering these quantities, the recommended consumption of caffeine for a so called healthy lifestyle is:

  • 400 mg daily for a healthy adult
  • 300 mg daily for pregnant or lactating women

Finally, for children, it is not recommended to go beyond the limits of

  • 85 mg / day for children aged 10 to 12 years
  • 62.5 mg / day for children aged 7 to 9 years
  • 45 mg / day for children aged 4 to 6 years

Rose Thivierge-Abel and Stephanie Aboueid

References:

  • What is Caffeine?. (2013). Dietitians of Canada. Retrieved 17 November 2017, from https://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Nutrition-A-Z/Caffeine/What-is-Caffeine-.aspx
  • Caféine : toxique et délicieuse – Le Pharmachien. (2013). Le Pharmachien. Retrieved 17 November 2017, from http://lepharmachien.com/cafeine/
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