Caffeine occurs naturally in beans and plants, which we consume in a variety of different foods and drinks – the most common being coffee, tea, energy drinks, carbonated beverages and chocolate. All delicious I might add! But since caffeine is a drug, it is important to know the effects it has on your body and overall health.
There’s always a constant argument if caffeine is good for you or bad for you. Should you consume it or should you not consume it? There are a bunch of foods that have pros and cons in regards to consuming them – it’s up to you whether the pros outweigh the cons!
Here are 8 pros and cons about caffeine…
1. Pro: It Gives You Energy
Most people know that caffeine is a stimulant drug – this means it affects the central nervous system by giving you energy! This can be helpful in a number of ways. Drinks like coffee are more of a morning drink because it provides you that little kick you need to get started in the morning. In an article written in Medical news Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), claims on average, people consume 300mg of caffeine per day, which is approximately 2-4 cups of coffee.
According to the article, caffeine can start taking effect as soon as 15 minutes after it is consumed and can last up to approximately 6 hours. This is great news because it can help us focus on mental and physical tasks for a prolonged period of time. Bodybuilders often consume caffeine in pre-workout supplements or even in a cup of coffee within an hour before training to maximize the effects of their workout.