Spilling the Beans on Caffeine

If you are anything like me my first struggle of the day is just getting out of bed.  The one thing that pulls me through is the cup of coffee that’s waiting for me in the kitchen, and it turns out that I’m not alone. Caffeine is the most commonly used mind altering drug in the world.  But how do you know when you are getting too much? 

First of all its important to recognize just how much caffeine you’re consuming. Coffee isn’t the only source, you’ll find it in tea, soda, energy drinks, and even the candy bar.  The average adult can consume between 200-300mg a day with limited side effects.  But consuming more than that can lead to anxiety, nervousness, digestive issues and sleep problems.  A typical cup of joe has about 100 mg of caffeine, tea has about 40mg, and a 1.5 oz of chocolate has about 10mg. 

If you have added up all those cups of coffee and those mid-afternoon chocolate bars and realize you may be above your limits here are a few tips to cut back.  Try mixing decaf coffee with your regular coffee.  Skip that afternoon soda and take a walk outside instead for a quick boost of energy. 

But coffee can do more than get you through the morning.  Research shows that drinking regular or decaffeinated coffee or tea can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.  If you are in one of the high risk groups for Type 2 diabetes you should consider adding coffee to your morning.

So, when you reach for your coffee in the morning don’t feel so guilty your kind of doing a good thing, at least for your diabetes risk and your fellow coworkers.

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2 thoughts on “Spilling the Beans on Caffeine

  1. I’m so glad you wrote this! I can’t make it through the day without the java but I always wondered how much was too much of a good thing!

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