Everything You Need to Know About Caffeine

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-10-27 19:08:10 -0500
Started 2012-10-23 18:56:29 -0500

Whether waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, enjoying lunch with a refreshingly cold soft drink or relaxing in the evening with a cup of tea, these daily pleasures often have a common ingredient—caffeine.

People have enjoyed foods and beverages containing caffeine for thousands of years. It is one of the most well-studied ingredients in the food supply. Even so, controversy and misperceptions about this food component continue.

The word "addiction" is an old word meaning simply to be devoted or habituated to a practice. People who say they are "addicted" to caffeine tend to use the term loosely, like saying they are "addicted" to chocolate, running, working or television.

According to the World Health Organization, "There is no evidence whatsoever that caffeine use has even remotely comparable physical and social consequences which are associated with serious drugs of abuse." Some sensitive individuals may experience mild, temporary effects, including headache, restlessness and irritability when their daily intake is quickly and substantially altered. Medical experts have long agreed that any discomfort caused by abruptly stopping consumption of caffeine can be avoided by progressively decreasing intake over a few days.

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tabby9146 2012-10-27 19:08:10 -0500 Report

I love to have Folgers Half Caff, which works for me. I used to drink full caffeine and before I was even diagnosed, I switched, because of fibrocystic breasts. I hurt if I have too much caffeine, which is a good thing really, I know to cut back, I love my chocolate!! The chocolate has been hardest to cut way down on. I like tea too, sometimes. I don't drink it everyday. I love my hot chocolate when it is cold outside, and I love that Swiss Miss sugar free.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-24 12:10:55 -0500 Report

Interesting Mays. I need my caffeine it is my prozac. Keeps me calm and those around me happy…lol

I really don't think the scientific field can come to an agreement about caffeine and the actual effects it has in and on people. I use to be a Pepsi fiend and could not stand being without it. I drank it all night long because I kept a bottle on my bedside table. I might drink one during the day.

Tea was something I drank daily and my doctor switched me to decaffeinated tea which was awful. I was never much of a coffee drinker until I became diabetic because tea just wasn't the same anymore.

When I was diagnosed and switched to just water, I noticed that I was jittery, anxious and had a hard time concentrating. This went on for a week or two. When it got cold I got to work and I was freezing so I had coffee and that made me jittery all day. So I am back on coffee every morning.

Decaffeinated beverages still have caffeine only not as much. I do agree that decreasing the amount of caffeine is better than stopping cold turkey. Good post as usual.

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