Want to Know How Much Caffeine is in What You Drink?
Caffeine is the only drug that is present naturally or added to widely consumed foods. And it’s not disclosed on food and beverage labels!
Dear health-conscious consumer,
Scientific research has proven the relationship between diet and disease. Regularly eat food that’s full of beneficial nutrients, and you can improve your health.
But, you may now be unwittingly increasing your chances of suffering migraines and sleeplessness if you have too much caffeine. You can protect yourself against the bad side effects of caffeine by limiting your caffeine intake and monitoring levels in the beverages you drink.
You just have to know what has caffeine…and how much caffeine is in what you consume. Just like what food to avoid when it’s loaded with fat, salt, or sugar, what beverages to avoid can include those with too-high levels of caffeine.
Caffeine isn’t a nutrient. Foods and beverages that contain caffeine — at a minimum — should be labeled with it, but they aren’t. Until then, you can discover how much caffeine is in what you drink by downloading Caffeine in Food: Caffeine Content of Drinks.
Caffeine isn’t just any old food additive either. “It’s a pharmacological agent, a drug, and it leads to physical dependence in people who use it regularly,” says caffeine expert Roland Griffiths of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After less than a week of consuming caffeine every day, most people will experience headache, fatigue, decreased alertness, and/or drowsiness if they stop.
Caffeine is also different from other food additives because, like nicotine and amphetamines, it functions as a “drug reinforcer,” says Griffiths. In other words, people are more likely to choose a food with caffeine over one that’s caffeine-free. That hasn’t been lost on food and beverage companies, notes Griffiths. “Caffeine increases the probability that the product will be bought and consumed.”
More than 80 percent of American adults consume caffeine regularly. That’s no surprise, what with a coffee shop seemingly on every corner and in every supermarket, and tiny $3 bottles of 5-hour Energy popping up wherever there’s a checkout counter. Caffeinated energy drinks have become so mainstream that major players like V8 and Ocean Spray have introduced their own versions to stay competitive.
You’ll find caffeine being added to chewing gum, pancake syrups, instant oatmeal, waffles, potato chips, marshmallows … and even sunflower seeds … these days!
Caffeine works mainly by temporarily binding to adenosine receptors in the brain. That prevents adenosine, which is a natural sedative produced by the brain, from occupying those receptors and making us feel drowsy. Adenosine levels build up during waking hours and then drop as we sleep. A hit of caffeine will, in effect, neutralize the extra adenosine and help you feel less sleepy.
Because caffeine increases the risk of miscarriages (and possibly birth defects) and inhibits fetal growth, it should be avoided by women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant. It also may make it harder to get pregnant.
Other effects: caffeine also keeps many people from sleeping, causes jitteriness, and affects calcium metabolism. However, on the positive side, drinking a couple of mugs or cups per day of regular (but not decaf) coffee appears to reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, gallstones, and even suicide. It also can increase endurance, such as on a treadmill, and improve alertness.
Do you ever ask yourself “How much caffeine is in the beverages I drink?” Or “How do different types of beverages compare as far as caffeine content?” You won’t find that information on the product labels, because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require it!
Well, now you can have the latest information about the levels of caffeine in all sorts of beverages, because NutritionAction.com’s scientists and nutritionists tell you exactly how much caffeine is in a long list of coffees, teas, soft drinks, and energy drinks.
You should learn how much caffeine is in the beverages you consume. Discover how much caffeine content is in your drinks with Caffeine in Food: Caffeine Content of Drinks.
The caffeine in a standard cup or two of coffee is harmless to most people. But be aware that a middle-size (16 oz.) cup of regular coffee at popular coffeehouses contains 300 or more milligrams of caffeine. That is equivalent to three old-fashioned 5-ounce-cups’ worth of caffeine. A 12-oz. can of Coca-Cola or most other caffeinated soft drinks contains about 35 to 40 milligrams; energy drinks typically contain much more. If you drink more than a couple of cups of coffee or several cans of caffeine-containing soda per day and experience insomnia or jitters, are at risk of osteoporosis, or are pregnant, you should rethink your habit.
This special free health advice has been compiled especially for you by our expert staff of scientists and nutritionists, so drinking the right amount of caffeine — or avoiding it altogether — is easy for you, because you’ll know exactly how much caffeine is in what you drink. And remember, companies don’t have to list caffeine on their labels (the FDA doesn’t require it), so that’s all the more reason to order this free download. Your free copy of Caffeine in Food: Caffeine Content of Drinks includes:
- Like the food list you take with you to the grocery store, use this drink list to know the caffeine levels in beverages you buy.
- Discover the exact caffeine content of brand-name coffees such as Starbucks, Maxwell House, Dunkin’ Donuts, and more.
- Regular coffee has caffeine, you know that. Tea does too! Well, some teas do — order this free download now to find out what tea with caffeine is on the market (beware: some teas have as much caffeine as coffee!).
- Do soft drinks such as Coke, Pepsi, and Mountain Dew have as much caffeine as a traditional root beer? Find out when you download this free list now.
- Some energy drinks are loaded with caffeine — and might be dangerous to your health. See which energy drink tops the “bad list” when you download now this free advice now.
Download this free health advice right now, so you can be sure to know exactly how much caffeine is in what you drink, because this information isn’t found on product labels!
Finally, you should learn all about the caffeine in beverages, and Caffeine in Food: Caffeine Content of Drinks is a full list of coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks. You’ll discover exactly what the caffeine content is per-serving-size of each beverage on the list.
Act now to get your free health advice about caffeine content.
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To your health,
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P.S. If you’re still uncertain about downloading this valuable advice, please consider this: if you drink too much caffeine, you might adversely affect your health. And you can’t find caffeine content on the product labels, so download your free copy of Caffeine in Food: Caffeine Content of Drinks right now!