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A Culture of Caffeine

POSTED BY: Tom Wheaton

Next time you’re walking down your grocery store beverage aisle, stop for a moment.  Take a look around.   It won’t be long before you notice more caffeinated product choices than ever before.

“I often get asked whether caffeine is healthy or unhealthy for our digestive system,” said Dr. Teresa deBeche-Adams, colorectal surgeon and digestive health expert at Florida Hospital East Orlando.   “I often tell my patients that it’s healthy in moderation and that more than two cups of coffee a day is not recommended.”

In addition to coffee, we’ve listed five other every day caffeinated products so you can be sure you are not overdoing your caffeine intake.  Be sure to check the labels for accurate caffeine amounts and compare to your typical cup of coffee - which is about 85mg of caffeine per brewed cup.

  1. Energy Drinks. These drinks are extremely high in caffeine and sugar and are considered the unhealthiest form of caffeinated beverage.
  2. Soft drinks. A standard can of soda not only contains about as much caffeine as coffee but is packed with empty calories.
  3. Teas.  Black, green and white teas all are typically caffeinated.  Yet some – but not every- kind of herbal teas contain no caffeine.
  4. Chocolate.  Really?  Chocolate has caffeine!?  You bet.  Especially a dark chocolate which is the most caffeinated kind of treat.
  5. Desserts. Take a look at the ingredients for any dessert flavor with coffee in the title.  Some desserts have as much, if not more caffeine per serving, than your average cup of coffee.

If you think you’re caffeine intake is too high and you’re suffering from related side effects like constant stomach issues, headaches, irritability, sleeping problems or heart palpitations try cutting back.  If you reduced your intake but still have long-term side effects as described above, contact (407) 303-DOCS and request an appointment with a digestive health expert.