Before 11 September, 2017 Isabel Vallejo
Caffeine is naturally found in plants such as coffee, tea and cacao and is used as an additive in other products such as energy drinks, sodas and sugary drinks.
Caffeine has no nutritional value, which is why it is not a necessary part of our daily diets. While the consumption of this substance does not effect a balanced diet, the body absorbs it quickly and sends it to the brain without storing or accumulating it in the body. To maintain a healthy diet, however, it is important to not consume it in excess and to notice the number of calories of the products that it is found in. It is also important to be aware of other additives it often comes with such as sugars, other sweeteners, milk, or cream, which should be low-fat or fat-free.
Energy drinks are something to watch out for, as in addition to their high levels of caffeine, they are also high in sugar, which can lead to weight gain or diabetes.
The following is a table that contains the average amounts of caffeine of different products:
|An 8-ounce cup of coffee:||95-200 mg|
|A 12-ounce can of soda:||35-45 mg|
|An 8-ounce energy drink:||70-100 mg|
|An 8-ounce cup of tea:||14-60 mg|
The American Medical Association Council on Scientific Affairs states that as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, drinking coffee or tea in moderation is likely to have no negative effects on your Health.