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🔸️Is drinking tea and coffee bad for my health? And how much caffeine is too much?
While there is often concern about the links between caffeine and your health, a moderate amount of tea or coffee (four or five cups a day) should be fine for most people. Research shows that this level of caffeine intake shouldn’t be harmful, affect your cholesterol levels or heart rhythm.
Although drinking coffee has been shown to increase blood pressure, this effect is usually temporary and is minimised over time if you drink caffeinated drinks regularly. Some people are more sensitive to caffeine and can experience palpitations. If this is you, then it’s sensible to avoid caffeine. Remember that caffeine is found not just in coffee but in other things such as: tea, green tea, coffee, energy drinks, cola and chocolate. 🔸️Should I avoid energy drinks because of their caffeine content?
Energy drinks have a bad reputation for their caffeine content, but in reality they contain less caffeine than a mug of instant coffee. However, the main issue with energy drinks is the amount of sugar they contain. The typical can can contain nearly seven teaspoons of sugar- and that’s the maximum amount we should be consuming in a whole day! So if you enjoy energy drinks, choose sugar-free versions where possible. 🔸️Can I have coffee as part of a normal healthy diet?
Some recent studies suggested that drinking coffee was linked to longer life expectancy, but we need more research to understand what is behind this link. This is still yet to be determined. It’s probably more important to think about how you take your coffee. Sugar, syrups, whole milk and cream add calories and saturated fat that could cause weight gain and increase cholesterol levels.
So if you like your coffee then drinking coffee unsweetened, and swapping whole milk for skimmed, one per cent or semi-skimmed, could help your health more than focusing purely on the amount of caffeine.
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