Caffeine is found in almost every single drink that one could think of these days: tea, coffee, soft drinks and energy drinks. The word caffeine is now synonymous with drinks, and the increasing intake of this chemical is not without its effect. Let us look at how much caffeine is available in drinks:
As you can see, Green tea is the healthiest option amongst the list and energy shots are the most potent in their caffeine content. Regardless of the caffeine content quantity, there are some effects of caffeine that cannot be ignored.
Caffeine is the chemical that is predominantly popular for inducing focus, reducing anxiety and keeping the drinker alert. The United States is the highest consumer of caffeine in the form of coffee. Coffee is the daily beverage of the American citizens, and one can easily consume 3-4 cups a day. The working class is usually more frantic consumers of coffee, and they can consume about 10 cups a day.
Aside from being a part of coffee, these caffeine chemicals are also a part of soft drinks. However, to include natural caffeine in soft drinks is a task that is costly and will inevitably cost the company huge amounts of profits. Therefore, caffeine is made synthetically and included in the drinks. The same process is done for caffeinated drinks and other types of energy drinks. This synthetic caffeine though tastes the same; the effects can be off the charts.
Some companies these days are also using synthetic caffeine as part of coffee powder, tea powder and in tea bags. They automatically make the effects of caffeine redundant and cause the drinker serious health problems.
Caffeine causes its own addiction. Because of the effects that caffeine produces on a consumer, it is equivalent to the high obtained because of drugs. This high can be addictive as people can go back to caffeinated drinks again and again for the same sensations.
In additions, the caffeinated drink makes the drinker close to anxiety. Because of the heightened alertness of caffeine, the consumer is always anxious and restless. The brain is working at super speed which creates fatigue with time. The symptoms of caffeine withdrawal are also higher than the symptoms of drug withdrawal. In fact, rehab of a drug addict is relatively easier than the rehabilitation of a caffeine addict.
Caffeine is like all things consumable, only beneficial till a certain limit. As necessity breeds and person starts consuming more and more caffeine, the effects become more and more discernible. The long-term effects of caffeine are disastrous, and so it is usually advised that people switch to caffeine free drinks. Green tea is also a great substitute for coffee and caffeinated drinks because of its relatively less caffeine content and the other benefits that green tea bestows on the drinker.