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Caffeine — The Pros and a Few of the Cons

Caffeine is a part of everyone’s lives. We drink it and eat and even when we don’t realize it. In fact it is so much a part of our lives that we ignore it and take it for granted. You drink it daily. You can’t get enough of it. But do you really know what caffeine is?

Where Or Where Does It Come From?

The bitter taste in coffee and tea comes from the caffeine. It is one of the most common and legal stimulants that you can get in almost anything. In fact 9 out of 10 people take in caffeine on a regular basis. It is found naturally in coffee plants, tea plants, cocoa, and guarana (over 50 plants to be more accurate). Nature uses this chemical in plants to act as a pesticide. In fact some insects will die from eating what we consume each day.

The Caffeine We Consume

When you mention consuming caffeine, coffee is the first item thought of. But in reality tea has more caffeine in it. That is, until it is brewed which dilutes the caffeine and then allows coffee to race to first place for percentage of caffeine consumed. The amount of caffeine in each coffee bean varies. The darker the bean, the more caffeine it contains. You also can get your caffeine on a regular basis through sodas and energy drinks which have sky-rocketed in sales over the last few years. More and more teens and young adults are drinking them. Therefore, more and more young people are absorbing this stimulant.

Oh, Those Side Effects

If so many of us take this in, what harm could it possibly do? First of all, let us note that anything taken in excess can be dangerous (that includes vitamin C). But caffeine can have a much more direct impact with much less consumption.

  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Shakes
  • Ulcers
  • Stomach Issues

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Writer for ten years, lover of education, and degrees in business, history, and English. Striving to become a Renassiance woman.

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