Do you prefer to drink tea or coffee?


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Kim Snowling , Loves a cuppa!, answered

I definitely prefer a cup of tea to drink, unfortunately I do not like the taste of coffee. I have tried it on numerous occasions but i find the taste too harsh for my palate. 

Both of the drinks contain caffeine which can provide a quick ' pick me up. '  However no one should consume too much caffeine, over 300 milligrams per day can have adverse effects.

There are many myths and wives tales about caffeine and it can be found in many different products including cola, nuts, cocoa beans, diet pills, pain and cold medications.  In fact, caffeine is a mild painkiller and it increases the effectiveness of other pain relievers.


Caffeine is addictive

There is some truth to this, caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system, and regular use of caffeine can cause mild physical dependence.  Caffeine is not comparable to addictive drugs.

If you decided to stop taking caffeine abruptly you may suffer from slight side effects for a few days -

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depressed mood
  • Difficulty concentrating
As these symptoms only last for a few days, most experts would not class caffeine dependency as an addiction.


Caffeine is likely to cause insomnia

Caffeine has a relatively short half life, which means it take 4-5 hours (averagely) for you to eliminate half of it from your body.  Therefore most peoples sleep will not be affected as long as caffeine was not consumed within 6 hours of going to bed.  I should mention that everyone is different and some people can be more sensitive to caffeine.


Caffeine can  increase the risk of Osteoporosis, Heart Disease and Cancer

Most healthy adults will not come any harm from drinking 300 milligrams or less of caffeine a day (3 cups of coffee).  The people who are more at risk are those with high blood pressure or are older.  As caffeine dose increase your blood pressure slightly for a short amount of time.  It has not been linked to bone loss or cholesterol. 


It is harmful to women trying to get pregnant

Experts usually recommend that pregnant ladies should consume less than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day, this is due to studies showing that high consumptions of caffeine caused a higher risk of miscarriage and low birth weight.


Caffeine causes dehydration

Caffeine does not cause dehydration, it makes you need a wee.  The fluid that you loose from urinating is replaced with the caffeinated drink.


Caffeine sobers you up

Caffeine does provide you with the quick 'pick me up' so drinking strong coffee may make you think are able to drive. Trust is that judgement and reaction time are still impaired.


Caffeine has no health benefits

Caffeine has few proven health benefits, however its potential benefits are quite interesting-

  • Alertness
  • Concentration
  • Energy
  • Clear-headedness
  • Feelings of Sociability
  • Improved immune function from Caffeine's anti-inflammatory effects
  • Reduce concentrations of histamines, which means it helps with allergic reactions
  • Some peoples Asthma also benefits
  • Limited evidence also suggests caffeine reduces the risk of Parkinson's disease, Liver disease, Colorectal Cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
Despite its potential benefits, please do not forget that high levels of caffeine may have adverse effects.

Dakota  Mackenzie Profile

Coffee ^^

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