A report in today’s “BBC News Magazine” highlights the growing debate on the effects of caffeine and whether it is safe to drink and in what quantities.
Whilst there has been plenty of research done over the years on drinking coffee and its effects on our well being, the subject and the arguments continue, as to how much caffeine is good for your health and whether you should limit your caffeine intake.
The BBC report on Coffee addition quotes;
Caffeine is, according to New Scientist, the planet’s most popular “psychoactive drug.” In the United States alone, more than 90% of adults are estimated to use it every day.
So we all know we all drink a lot of caffeine every day, lets face it many of us need that caffeine boost to kick start our day! But for those of use who dont drink it in moderation should we have anything to worry about?
The BBC report looks at the subject from both sides but it does yet again raise concerns about how much coffee we all drink.
However; on the positive side it also refers to evidence that coffee is full of Antioxidants that have been shown to help prevent cancers and help stop depression especially in women, who drink a couple of cups of coffee a day. It is also suggested that caffeine may help lower type two diabetes, but this is still being investigated.
On the negative side concerns have been expressed by experts on whether a high caffeine intake has any effect on blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Caffeine can be found in many popular beverages not just coffee! Tea also contains a high level about half the average amount found in coffee and soft drinks such as Coca Cola, Pepsi and high energy drinks like Red Bull also contain varying levels of caffeine.
The FDA is promising to “determine what is a safe level” and hopefully will let us all know as soon as possible.
The sooner they can investigate the true effects of caffeine on our health the better for all us coffee lovers everywhere!