5 'Yes Please' Benefits of Caffeine
Everything in moderation they say! So how much caffeine is 'good' for us and what are the benefits of it when we drink to the guidelines?
Before we get into the benefits of caffeine, let's start with what moderation looks like when it comes to coffee consumption.
According to WebMD.com: 'Moderate coffee consumption is defined as three or four cups a day, providing 300 or 400 milligrams of caffeine.'
Let's put that into perspective . . . because it will depend on how big your coffee cup is right?!
How much caffeine am I drinking?
The amount of caffeine included in some common foods and beverages are:
- One 8-ounce cup of coffee: 95 to 200 mg
- One 12-ounce can of cola: 35 to 45 mg
- One 8-ounce energy drink: 70 to 150 mg
- One 8-ounce cup of tea: 14 to 60 mg
And incase you were wondering, apparently decaffeinated coffee is not caffeine-free.
So . . . how much caffeine are you currently drinking in a day?
Now for the benefits, which according to many medical websites are evidence-based.
Here's our top 5 benefits of drinking caffeine:
1. Caffeine boosts energy levels.
2. Caffeine can increase attention and alertness.
3. Caffeine may burn fat to assist weight loss or prevent weight gain.
4. Caffeine can boost your physical performance.
5. Caffeine may help boost long-term memory.
There are risks to drinking too much caffeine
Like most things, there are of course risks to drinking too much caffeine. We don't want to go into detail but a few risks include: depression, high blood sugar, headaches, insomnia etc.
If you did a quick calculation based on the numbers above, and you're consuming an excess of caffeine, and experiencing some of these symptoms, perhaps with this new awareness you can try reducing your caffeine intake.
And if you're wanting to balance your caffeine intake with your daily water intake, try our cold brew coffee. It's made with water and caffeine . . . and a hint of natural flavouring with our vanilla and blood orange coffee. You can check out our taster packs here!
What's your top pick when it comes to caffeine benefits?