Saturday, July 23, 2011

I Know Who and What's Addictive!

Do you crave coffee first thing in the a.m.? Need a Coke in the afternoon? Caffeine has a bad reputation, but is it a myth? Read on for 9 interesting (and somewhat surprising!) caffeine facts. Plus, you depend on that jolt of caffeine, but how much do you know about its effects on your body?
Myth or Fact? Caffeine is addictive.

Myth: Although caffeine is considered a mild stimulant, it’s not addictive, according to the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Unlike classic stimulants – think cocaine and amphetamines – there’s rarely a strong compulsion to use caffeine.

But caffeine can be habit-forming. That’s why you may feel mild withdrawal symptoms if you skip your morning cup of coffee or afternoon pick-me-up.

Typical symptoms include headache, restlessness and irritability. Should you decide to give up caffeine, don’t go cold turkey; instead, slowly decrease your consumption over a week.

Really though, why bother? Studies show moderate caffeine intake actually enhances your mood and improves alertness.

For adults, the American Dietetic Association suggests no more than 200 mg to 300 mg a day, which equals two to three cups of coffee.

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