Millions of people consume coffee and caffeinated beverages daily; however, there is still a lot of confusion about how much is safe, and the related health implications. Therefore, this week, Mint Nutrition Clinic and our nutritionists and registered dietitians are focusing on caffeinated beverages and the facts that everyone needs to know. Please note that a competent nutritionist at Mint Nutrition Clinic has written this article, and the content is well reviewed for validity and correctness.
Facts about Coffee and Caffeinated Beverages
Coffee is considered a stimulant and this basically refers to the fact that it makes individuals more alert and awake (Eatright Ontario, 2016). It is currently recommended that intake of caffeine below 400 mg daily is safe for adults, but pregnant women should consume 300 mg or less (Eatright Ontario, 2016). For example, one cup of coffee can contain 80 to 180 mg of caffeine; therefore, two cups is about 400 mg, and this is equal to the amount that is considered "safe" for daily consumption (Eatright Ontario, 2016). One cup of tea however, only contains about 43 to 50 mg of caffeine.
Also, its recommended that children avoid caffeinated beverages as much as they can. However, some research shows that 2 cups of coffee daily may have some health benefits and even reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Therefore, 2 cups of coffee a day should be safe for adults and there might be health benefits gained from caffeinated beverages as well. At Mint Nutrition Clinic, we recommend drinking 1 cup of coffee before every workout, in order to increase your focus and drive. We help our clients reach their weight loss goals and deal with any chronic diseases that they may live with (such as heart disease and diabetes).
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Eatright Ontario. (2016). Facts on Caffeine. Retrieved from https://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Caffeine/Facts-on-Caffeine.aspx