March is Caffeine Awareness month so I’ve partnered with my friends at the Canadian Beverage Association to share some little known facts about caffeine. Like did you know that caffeine, a bitter alkaloid, is found naturally in over 60 plants worldwide?!?
Read on to find out more!
It’s no secret, I absolutely love coffee! There was a time that I tried to give it up, but I really missed the caffeine from it. After some research I learned that with moderation, caffeine can be safe for healthy adults. Here’s a few other things I’ve learned:
Facts About Caffeine You Probably Didn’t Know:
- Caffeine is Naturally Occurring
Caffeine is a bitter alkaloid naturally occurring in the leaves, seeds and fruits of more than 60 plants world wide!
- Caffeine can be Synthetically Produced and Added to Products
Synthetic caffeine may be found in soft drinks, energy drinks, dietary supplements and medications.
- Caffeine is Caffeine!
Whether consuming coffee, soda, or energy drinks, the chemical properties remain the same.
- Caffeine Stimulates the Central Nervous System
Research shows that moderate intake can improve mental alertness and cognitive ability!
- 400mg a Day is Safe for Healthy Adults
According to Health Canada, the FDA, and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), up to 400 mg/day is safe for healthy adults (excluding pregnant and nursing women).
- Single Doses of 100mg of Caffeine May Affect Sleep Duration and Patterns
Beware of consuming products with caffeine close to bedtime.
- Caffeine May Not Be for Everyone
Caffeine is not a replacement for rest, and some populations of people should consider limiting their intake of caffeine from all sources, including:
- Caffeine-Sensitive Persons
- Pregnant and Nursing Women
- 98% of Caffeine in the Canadian diet Comes from Beverage Sources
Here’s an infographic with even more interesting facts about caffeine:
Infographic courtesy of the Canadian Beverage Association