Caffeine: America's Addiction
Dating back to the early 1900's, caffeine has been the drug of choice for many people. With over 80% of Americans consuming caffeine daily, the facts and effects of caffeine should be recognized.
Caffeine was first isolated in 1820.
One 8 oz. can of Red Bull contains 80 mg. of caffeine. That is twice the amount in a Mr.Pibb and four times the amount in a chocolate slim fast.
Caffeine can be found in over 60 plants such as : coffee beans, tea leaves, guarana, kola nuts, yerba mate.
It is not just drinks, many foods are full of caffeine too. The amount of caffeine a product contains is not on the food label.
Ben and Jerry's coffee flavored ice cream contains 68 mg. of caffeine.
A Hershey Special Dark Chocolate Bar contains 31 mg. of caffeine.
A cup of chocolate pudding contains 9 mg. of caffeine.
There are three top sources of caffeine in adults: 70% - coffee, 16% - soda, 12% - tea.
The word "caffeine" came from the German word kaffee and the French word café, each meaning coffee.
Caffeine has a greater effect on men than women. These effects start just 10 minutes after it’s consumed.
Since 2000, caffeine has been banned by the International Olympic Committee.
Caffeine in athletics has been linked to the belief that it can enhance their physical, as well as, mental performance. Caffeine can improve the athlete's endurance in sports where long-term stamina is needed.
The chemically correct name for caffeine is 1,3,7 trimethylxanthine. Sounds delicious!
Caffeine can be lethal! A fatal dose for adults has been shown to be more than 10 grams, which would be drinking 80 -100 cups of coffee in rapid succession.
Despite the act of "decaffeinating" a drink, many decaffeinated drinks still contain trace amounts of caffeine. About 2% of the original amount of caffeine still remains in deaf drinks.
Caffeine may be useful as part of a weight control program because it increases the rate at which the body burns calories for three or more hours after being consumed.
Even when moderate amounts of caffeine are withdrawn for 18 - 24 hours, one may feel symptoms such as headache, fatigue, irritability, depression, and poor concentration.
Caffeine is the most commonly used mood-altering drug in the world.