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Caffeine in Tea and Coffee – The Truth!

When we meet with friends for a catch up, it is usually over a nice cup of tea or hot coffee, accompanied by a few biscuits of slices of cake, of course!

When we meet with friends for a catch up, it is usually over a nice cup of tea or hot coffee, accompanied by a few biscuits of slices of cake, of course!

Caffeine is found in both tea and coffee and we have taken a closer look at this in our ingredients series.

Caffeine:

Good: Caffeine is well known for being able to increase our alertness and it is also suggested that it has a positive, albeit tempory effect on our cognitive abilities. Research over the years has suggested that tea and coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, which is most likely as a direct result to caffeine.

Bad: However, for all of the good, there is bad – caffeine can raise blood pressure and adrenaline levels as well as relaxing pelvic muscles, making you need to visit the toilet more! High levels of caffeine may also be linked to low birth rate, or even miscarriage, but studies are still being carried out to confirm this.

The facts: Reports suggest that drinking between two and three cups of tea or coffee daily provide maximum protection against Parkinson’s disease, but although there is encouraging research going on, it has not been confirmed yet that caffeine has a positive effect on reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.

However, our bodies can quickly grow accustomed to caffeine and after a while, if you were to miss your daily fix, you would more than likely become irritable, tired, headachy and even shaky and / or nauseous.

Therefore, it is key to know just how much is too much – it is always best to know your limits!

The recommended caffeine guidelines are 400mg – 600mg of caffeine per day and if you are pregnant, that drops down to a limit of 200mg of caffeine per day.

But how much can you drink, in real drink terms?

1x cup of green tea – 40mg caffeine
1x cup of normal tea – 70mg caffeine
1x mug of instant coffee – 100mg caffeine
1x mug of filter coffee – 150mg caffeine
1x average shop brought latte – 150mg caffeine
1x large shop brought Americano – 200mg caffeine


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