Coffee – a drink obtained by infusion of the ground beans of coffee plant is the primary source of caffeine in our body. It is one of the most freely marketed addictive substances in the world. It is a daily beverage for many of us so much so that it has become a part and parcel of our lives. One cup of instant coffee contains about 60-70mg of caffeine. Before you pick up the next cup of coffee, get acquainted with a few scientifically researched facts about caffeine.
- The precise amount of caffeine necessary to produce effects varies from person to person depending on body size and degree of tolerance to caffeine.
- Consumption of caffeine does not eliminate the need for sleep, it only temporarily reduces the sensation of being tired throughout the day.
- In general, 25 to 50 milligrams of caffeine is sufficient for most people to report increased alertness.
- Caffeine increases the reactivity of the body to the stress of everyday life and increased levels of stress negatively affect weight loss.
- Caffeine tolerance develops very quickly, especially among heavy coffee and energy drink consumers. Complete tolerance to sleep disruption effects of caffeine develops after consuming 400 mg of caffeine 3 times a day for 7 days.
- Withdrawal symptoms—possibly including headache, irritability, an inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia and pain in the stomach, upper body, and joints may appear within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuation of caffeine intake, peak at roughly 48 hours, and usually last from one to five days
- In large amounts, and especially over extended periods of time, caffeine can lead to a condition known as caffeinism. Caffeinism usually combines caffeine dependency with a wide range of unpleasant physical and mental conditions including nervousness, irritability, anxiety, tremulousness, muscle twitching (hyperreflexia), insomnia, headaches, respiratory alkalosis, and heart palpitations.
- Two diagnosed caffeine-induced disorders that are recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) are caffeine-induced sleep disorder and caffeine-induced anxiety disorder, which can result from long-term excessive caffeine intake.
- Of all the dietary habits that people find difficult to change, coffee drinking is one of the most challenging because it is so entrenched in cultural habits and caffeine addiction
Gauge Your Risk:
The coffee drinkers can be gauge their health risks based on these categories:-
- Low risk (those who drink zero to two cups per day)
- Moderate risk (those who drink 3-4 cups a day)
- High risk (those who drink more than 5 cups daily)