Caffeine molecule

Caffeine: The World’s Favourite Drug

Caffeine is one of the most commonly used drugs that we using in the manufacturing of sports supplements, here is some additional information about this wonder drug.

 

Did you know caffeine is the world’s most favourite and most consumed drug? Caffeine is derived from seeds, leaves, and nuts from several plants. This includes the Coffea plant, whose seeds are harvested to produce coffee.

In its purest state, caffeine appears as white crystal granules. But unlike other drugs, the use of caffeine goes unregulated since it is safe for regular consumption.

How Caffeine Works

As soon as you wake up, adenosine levels start to build up, which cause mental and physical weariness. By drinking a cup of freshly brewed coffee, you can combat drowsiness, sharpen mental performance, and maximize your energy levels.

As when you consume coffee, the caffeine in it gets broken down into smaller compounds, which are transported into the bloodstream.

The caffeine in coffee then works by minimizing the effects of adenosine, which is a neurotransmitter. Caffeine helps connect adenosine receptors within your brains without triggering them.

List of Foods Containing Caffeine

Caffeine is derived from cocoa seeds, coffee beans, and kola nuts. Hence, any product that has any of the three surely has caffeine. This includes the following foods:

1. Chocolate

If you want an instant energy boost, not to mention a mood lifter, munch some chocolate. Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans; hence, it is no surprise as to why it is listed as the number 1 caffeinated food.

A plain 162 g. chocolate bar alone can supply roughly 70 mg. of caffeine. However, the caffeine content of each chocolate bar or candy varies according to its formula. To ensure your chocolate bar packs enough caffeine, choose dark chocolate.

2. Chocolate mousse

A few scoops of chocolate mousse or pudding supplies roughly 10 mg. of caffeine, which is enough to keep you awake to do your homework.

3. Ice cream and smoothies

A coffee-flavoured smoothie or ice cream packs 125 mg. of caffeine per serving. Even frozen desserts in mocha varieties can supply 45 mg. of caffeine per cup.

4. Coffee and chocolate-flavoured snacks

Chocolate chip cookies, cereals, and any other snack that is coffee or chocolate-flavoured contain a small amount of caffeine. This includes Quaker’s Cocoa Blasts, which supply 11 mg of caffeine per serving.

How Much Caffeine Caffeinated Beverages Supply

Coffee is the best source of caffeine. It is the second most in-demand commodity next to oil. Nonetheless, caffeine can also be found in teas and sods.

  • Coffee

brewed 100 – 170 mg/250 ml
cappuccino 45 – 75 mg/250 ml
decaf 3 – 15/250 ml
espresso 43 – 90 mg/30 ml
iced 59 – 80 mg/250 ml
instant 26 – 106 mg/250 ml

  • Tea

 

black 43 – 80/250 ml
iced, sweetened 15 – 67/355 m
green/oolong 25 – 48/250 ml

  • Colas & Energy Drinks

energy drinks 80 – 100/355 ml
diet cola 25 – 43/355 ml
soft drinks 23 – 69/355 ml

  • Chocolate Drinks

chocolate-coated
coffee beans 338 – 355/250 ml
chocolate milk 5 – 12/250 ml

  • Popular beverages

Red Bull 80mg/355 ml
McDonald’s 130mg/12 oz.
Starbucks coffee 260mg/250 ml

Recommended Daily Intake for Caffeine

You can consume up to 500 mg of caffeine per day, provided that you don’t have chronic illnesses or is not pregnant. But do bear in mind that there are individuals who are less tolerant of coffee and hence, may experience palpitations or nervousness when consuming less than the recommended daily intake.

Conclusion

While caffeine has its positive effects on health, know that excessive amounts of caffeine may also take a toll on your body. Therefore, observe your caffeine intake so you can continue to brew more of cups of coffee, or in many of our cases, copious amounts of pre-workout supplements.

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