Is Caffeine Good or Bad for you?

Is Caffeine Good or Bad for you?

It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug, but unlike many other psychoactive substances it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world.

Caffeine is found in nature. Seeds, plants and nuts all around the world have caffeine in them.

We all love our coffee, tea and energy drinks

But is caffeine bad for you?

Everything in moderation.

How caffeine works is it stimulates the central nervous system.

It blocks your adenosine receptors from telling your body to stop producing chemicals like dopamine.

When your body releases these chemicals that make you feel good, your body is supposed to regulate when to stop them; caffeine inhibits them from being stopped so you get more than a boost of feeling good, you feel good as long as caffeine is working.

Caffeine has a half life of 5-6 hours. This means that if you ingest a cup of coffee at 8 am that has about 150 milligrams of caffeine, 5-6 hours later, your system will have sorted out 75 milligrams of caffeine and you will only have about 75 milligrams left in your system.

Every 5-6 hours your body will deplete of half the caffeine that is currently in your system.

Caffeine also does not dehydrate you. Your cup of coffee is mostly water and is therefore hydrating you. (beverageinstitute.org)

The daily dose of caffeine is suggested to stay under 400 milligrams. (mayoclinic.org)

Your body does build up a tolerance to caffeine, weakening the effects, but you should still ingest under the daily amount.

Caffeine content of common beverages: (http://www.cspinet.org/new/cafchart.htm)

Coffees Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee with Turbo Shot large, 20 fl. oz. 436
Starbucks Coffee venti, 20 fl. oz. 415
Starbucks Coffee grande, 16 fl. oz. 330
Panera Frozen Mocha 16.5 fl. oz. 267
Starbucks Coffee tall, 12 fl. oz. 260
Starbucks Caffè Americano grande, 16 fl. oz. 225
Panera Coffee regular, 16.8 fl. oz. 189
Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino venti, 24 fl. oz. 185
Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee medium, 14 fl. oz. 178
Starbucks Caffè Mocha grande, 16 fl. oz. 175
Starbucks Iced Coffee grande, 16 fl. oz. 165
Maxwell House Ground Coffee—100% Colombian, Dark Roast, Master Blend, or Original Roast 2 Tbs., makes 12 fl. oz. 100-160
Dunkin’ Donuts Cappuccino large, 20 fl. oz. 151
Starbucks—Caffè Latte, Cappuccino, or Caramel Macchiato grande, 16 fl. oz. 150
Starbucks Espresso doppio, 2 fl. oz. 150
Keurig Coffee K-Cup, all varieties 1 cup, makes 8 fl. oz. 75-150
Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee 2 tsp., makes 12 fl. oz. 148
Starbucks Doubleshot Energy Coffee, can 15 fl. oz. 146
Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino venti, 24 fl. oz. 140
Starbucks VIA House Blend Instant Coffee 1 packet, makes 8 fl. oz. 135
McDonald’s Coffee large, 16 fl. oz. 133
Maxwell House International Café, all flavors 2⅔ Tbs., makes 12-16 fl. oz. 40-130
Seattle’s Best Coffee—Iced Latte or Iced Mocha, can 9.5 fl. oz. 90
Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee, bottle 9.5 fl. oz. 90
International Delight Iced Coffee 8 fl. oz. 76
Maxwell House Lite Ground Coffee 2 Tbs., makes 12 fl. oz. 50-70
Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera, or Starbucks Decaf Coffee 16 fl. oz. 15-25
Maxwell House Decaf Ground Coffee 2 Tbs., makes 12 fl. oz. 2-10
Teas Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Starbucks Tazo Awake—Brewed Tea or Tea Latte grande, 16 fl. oz. 135
Starbucks Tazo Earl Grey—Brewed Tea or Tea Latte grande, 16 fl. oz. 115
Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea Latte grande, 16 fl. oz. 95
Starbucks Tazo Green Tea Latte—Iced or regular grande, 16 fl. oz. 80
Black tea, brewed for 3 minutes 8 fl. oz. 30-80
Snapple Lemon Tea 16 fl. oz. 62
Lipton Pure Leaf Iced Tea 18.5 fl. oz. 60
Green tea, brewed for 3 minutes 8 fl. oz. 35-60
Lipton 100% Natural Lemon Iced Tea, bottle 20 fl. oz. 35
Arizona Iced Tea, black, all varieties 16 fl. oz. 30
Nestea Unsweetened Iced Tea Mix 2 tsp., makes 8 fl. oz. 20-30
Arizona Iced Tea, green, all varieties 16 fl. oz. 15
Lipton Decaffeinated Tea—black or green, brewed 8 fl. oz. 5
Herbal Tea, brewed 8 fl. oz. 0
Soft Drinks Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
FDA official limit for cola and pepper soft drinks 12 oz. 71 (200 parts per million)
Pepsi MAX 12 oz. 69
Mountain Zevia (Zevia) 12 oz. 55
Mountain Dew, regular or diet 12 oz. 54 (20 oz. = 90)
Diet Coke 12 oz. 47 (20 oz. = 78)
Dr Pepper or Sunkist, regular or diet 12 oz. 41 (20 oz. = 68)
Pepsi 12 oz. 38 (20 oz. = 63)
Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, or Diet Pepsi 12 oz. 35 (20 oz. = 58)
Surge 8 oz. 35 mg (20 oz. = 87.5 mg)
Coca-Cola Life 12 oz. 27 mg (20 oz. = 45 mg )
Pepsi True 7.5 oz. 24 mg (20 oz. = 64 mg)
Barq’s Root Beer, regular 12 oz. 23 (20 oz. = 38)
7-Up, Fanta, Fresca, ginger ale, or Sprite 12 oz. 0
Root beer, most brands, or Barq’s Diet Root Beer 12 oz. 0
Energy Drinks Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Bang Energy Drink 16 fl. oz. 357
Redline Energy Drink 8 fl. oz. 316
Rockstar Citrus Punched 16 fl. oz. 240
5-hour Energy 1.9 fl. oz. 208
Full Throttle (Monster) 16 fl. oz. 200
Frava Caffeinated Juice 16 oz. 200 mg
Monster Energy 16 fl. oz. 160
Rockstar 16 fl. oz. 160
Venom Energy Drink (Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc.) 16 fl. oz. 160
NOS Energy Drink (Monster) 16 fl. oz. 160
AMP Energy Boost Original (PepsiCo) 16 fl. oz. 142
NoDoz Energy Shots 1.89 fl. oz. 115
Mountain Dew Kick Start 16 fl. oz. 92
ávitāe Caffeinated Water 16.9 oz. 90 mg
Red Bull 8.4 fl. oz. 80
V8 V-Fusion+Energy 8 fl. oz. 80
Ocean Spray Cran-Energy 20 fl. oz. 55
Glacéau Vitaminwater Energy 20 fl. oz. 50
Starbucks Refreshers 12 fl. oz. 50
Caffeinated Snack Foods Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Crackheads² 1 box, 40g 600
Crackheads Espresso Bean Candies, regular 1 package, 28 pieces 200
Wired Waffles 1 waffle 200
MiO Energy, all flavors 1 squirt, ½ tsp. 60
Crystal Light Energy ½ packet 60
Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans 1 package, 1 oz. 50
Jolt Gum 1 piece 45
Muscle Milk Orange Energy Chews 1.27 oz. 30 mg
Blue Diamond Almonds, Roasted Coffee Flavored 1 oz. 25
Perky Jerky 1 package, 1 oz. 10
Ice Cream & Yogurt Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Bang!! Caffeinated Ice Cream 4 fl. oz. 125
Cold Stone Creamery Mocha Ice Cream Gotta Have It, 12 fl. oz. 52
Starbucks Coffee Ice Cream 4 fl. oz. 45
TCBY Coffee Frozen Yogurt large, 13.4 fl. oz. 42
Dannon All Natural Coffee Lowfat Yogurt 6 oz. 30
Häagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream 4 fl. oz. 29
Stonyfield Gotta Have Java Nonfat Frozen Yogurt 4 fl. oz. 28
Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino Ice Cream 4 fl. oz. 25
Baskin Robbins Jamoca Ice Cream 4 fl. oz. 20
Dreyer’s or Edy’s Grand Ice Cream—Coffee or Espresso Chip 4 fl. oz. 17
Breyers Coffee Ice Cream 4 fl. oz. 1
Häagen-Dazs Coffee Almond Crunch Snack Size Bar 1.8 oz. 10
Dreyer’s, Edy’s, or Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Ice Cream 4 fl. oz. less than 1
Chocolate Candy & Chocolate Drinks Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Awake Caffeinated Chocolate Bar 1.55 oz. 101
Awake Caffeinated Chocolate Bites 0.53 oz. 50
Starbucks Hot Chocolate grande, 16 fl. oz. 25
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar 1.5 oz. 20
Hershey’s—Milk Chocolate Bar 1.6 oz. 9
Hershey’s Kisses 9 pieces, 1.4 oz. 9
Hershey’s Cocoa 1 Tbs. 8
Dove Dark Chocolate Silky Smooth Promises 5 pieces, 1.4 oz. 4
Silk Chocolate Soymilk 8 fl. oz. 4
Hershey’s Chocolate Lowfat Milk, bottle 12 fl. oz. 2
Over-The-Counter Pills Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Zantrex-3 weight-loss supplement 2 capsules 300
NoDoz or Vivarin 1 caplet 200
Excedrin Migraine 2 tablets 130
Midol Complete 2 caplets 120
Bayer Back & Body 2 caplets 65
Anacin 2 tablets 64
Pure Caffeine Serving Size Caffeine (mg)
Caffeine Powder 1/16 tsp. (200mg) 200 mg
Liquid Caffeine ½ tsp. (.08 oz.) 41.5

 

So is caffeine bad for you? Not really, but you should stay under the daily dosage amount.

Is caffeine good for you? It can definitely help you feel better, but everything in moderation!

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