America's Favorite Drug
Posted by Kimber Harding
July 1, 2016
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Written by Emmalee Price:
What is the drug that almost 89% of U.S. adults are currently using? Caffeine
is classified as a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system. It
occurs naturally in over 60 plants (i.e. cocoa beans, kola nuts), or can also
be man-made. Caffeine’s main purpose is to increase alertness, which usually
kicks in 45 minutes to an hour after consumption, and can last anywhere from
4-6 hours. As people use caffeine each day, their bodies start to build up a
tolerance to it, and as they continue to have the same amount each day, the effects
are not as strong.
The Mayo Clinic has determined that 400 mg or less per day is an appropriate amount for adults. Children should try to avoid caffeine, or at least limit themselves to less than 100 mg of caffeine a day.
Caffeine can help you feel more awake, boosts your concentration and focus, and can also elevate
your mood. But, if you have too much it can make you feel jittery, keep you up
at night, increase your heart rate, alter your heart’s rhythm, raise your blood
pressure, and become somewhat addictive .
Heavy daily caffeine use — more than 500 to 600 mg a day — may cause side effects such as:
- Stomach upset
- Fast heartbeat
- Muscle tremors
If you experience these effects curb your caffeine consumption.
amounts of caffeine in common drinks/foods:
- Coffee=95-200 mg
- Tea=14-70 mg
- Soft Drinks=0-55 mg
- Dark chocolate bar=30 mg
- Milk chocolate bar=10 mg
Drinks=70-207 mg (depending on the brand)
- 5-Hour Energy Shot=200-207 mg
- Full Throttle=70-100 mg
- Rockstar=79-80 mg
- Red Bull=75-80 mg
- AMP=71-74 mg
* Be sure to watch out for drinks with more than one serving per package.
Moral of the story is, caffeine is alright, if consumed in moderation.
Read the nutrition label and be sure to know what you’re putting into your
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