Myths About Caffeine

Hand of coffeeIf you are a coffee lover just like me, then you probably want to know absolutely everything about this magic, tasty, energy-boosting drink.

The most common sources of caffeine are coffee, tea leaves and cocoa beans.

The caffeine content can range from as much as 160 milligrams in some energy drinks to as little as 4 milligrams in a 1-ounce serving of chocolate-flavored syrup.

But these are just some commonly-known facts. What about the myths related to this popular drink? Here are the top myths about the consumption of caffeine.

The effects of caffeine are addictive

I hear a lot of people saying that they are addicted to caffeine in much the same way they say they are addicted to shopping, working or television. However, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (1994), a document that characterises various addictions, does not list caffeine as a substance that causes addiction.

So, you can stop worrying that drinking coffee is going to create dependence.

Pregnant women should avoid caffeine

Pregnancy and coffee consumption are often not compatible, most people claim. But specialists say that pregnant women can take caffeine as long as they do this with moderation. Many women find they experience taste changes during pregnancy and cannot drink tea or coffee.

For those who continue to enjoy their tea and coffee, most physicians and researchers agree that moderate amounts of coffee daily will have no adverse effects on the outcome of the pregnancy or the infant’s health.

Caffeine is a risk factor for osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease caused by insufficient dietary calcium and vitamin D, high protein diets, smoking, the onset of menopause, low estrogen levels, low body weight and a lack of physical activity. Lots of well-controlled studies have proven that consuming moderate amounts of caffeine does not increase the risk of developing osteoporosis.

Caffeine increases the risk of heart disease

A lot of people avoid coffee because they are scared that it will damage the health of their heart. However, scientists now agree that regular caffeine use has little or no effect on blood pressure, cholesterol levels or risk of heart disease.

Caffeine adversely affects the health of children

As parents, we are concerned about the eating habits of our children. We want the best for them so that they can turn into normally-developed adults. When it comes to caffeine, studies point out that children have the same ability to process it as adults. They usually ingest it when they consume soft drinks and tea but it has no detectable effects, when taken in moderate amounts.

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