SO YOU THINK YOU ARE NOT GETTING A LOT OF CAFFEINE ON A DAILY BASIS?
Caffeine is a powerful drug, chances are you’re not just enjoying your daily caffeine intake, you’re probably addicted or at least habituated to it.
Caffeine acts directly on your nervous system and is classified as a central nervous system stimulant. It brings about almost immediate sense of clearer thought and lessens fatigue. It also stimulates the release of stored sugar from your liver, which accounts for the ‘lift” that coffee, cola, chocolate and the energy drinks give.
Side effects of excess Caffeine
1. Heavy stress on your endocrine system. Can lead to adrenal exhaustion.
2. Nervousness and jitterness.
3. Can accumulate in your fatty tissues—and is not easily eliminated.
4. Drug withdrawal when trying to get off Caffeine.
5. Robs the body of B vitamins, especially Inositol, Vitamin C, Zinc, Potassium and other minerals.
6. Increases the acidity in your gut and can cause rectal itching.
COMPARISON OF CAFFEINE IN BEVERAGES, OVER THE COUNTER AND RX DRUGS AND SNACKS:
BEVERAGES 12 OZ CAN OR BOTTLE (NOWADAYS THE AVERAGE SERVING SIZE IS 20 OZS)
Coca-Cola 64.7 mg
Dr Pepper 60.9 mg
Mountain Dew 54.7 mg
Diet Dr Pepper 54.2 mg
Tab 49.4 mg
Pepsi-Cola 43.1 mg
R. C. Cola 33.7 mg
Diet R.C. Cola 33.0 mg
Today the “Big 6 Pick Me Ups” contain this much Caffeine PER OUNCE:
5-hour Energy 69.0 mg per ounce
Espresso 51.3 mg per ounce
Drip Coffee 18.1 mg per ounce
Celestial Fastlane Black Tea 13.5 mg. per ounce
Red Bull 9.5 mg per ounce
Mountain Dew Voltage 4.6 mg per ounce (92 mg per 20 ozs)
From the above numbers it is easy to see why 5-hour energy drink and Mountain Dew Voltage are the most popular “Energy Drinks”.
Milk Chocolate has 6.0 mg of Caffene per ounce.
Dark Semisweet chocolate per ounce has 20.0 mg.
RX and OTC Drugs:
Aspirin Free Excedrin 65 mg per tablet
Bayer Select Max Strength Headache Pain Relief 65.4 mg.
Excedrin 65 mg per tablet
Fiorinal RX (Generic available) 130 mg per capsule
Check with your pharmacist to see if the drugs you are taking contain Caffeine. In low doses Caffeine is a pain reliever, in excess doses or withdrawal, it can cause headache.
Danon Natural Flavors Low-fat Coffee Flavored Yogurt 6 oz 36 mg
Starbucks Coffee Java Hip Ice Cream 1/2 cup 28 mg
Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream 1/2 cup 24 mg
M & M Milk Chocolate Candies 1/2 cup 16 mg
Hershey’s Syrup Chocolate Flavor 2 tbsp 5 mg