Caffeine Side Effects

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. 

In our day-to-day life we take a lot of other stimulants like tea, coffee, chocolate, soft drinks and energy drinks.

An important ingredient in all these items is caffeine.

Many people think that caffeine is present only in coffee since the words 'caffeine' and 'coffee' sound similar.
But the truth is - Caffeine is found naturally in many plant parts like tea leaves, coffee beans, cacao beans and kola nuts and hence it's present in tea, coffee, chocolate and many beverages.

( Cacao beans are used to produce chocolates and kola nuts are used to manufacture the 'so called' soft drinks and energy drinks )
Caffeinated Drinks
One can notice caffeine-warnings in the containers of *EPSI, *oca-Cola, *hums Up, *ed Bull, etc.

Now let's see an important and interesting aspect of caffeine.
Caffeine is found in several plants where it acts as a natural pesticide. It paralyzes and kills insects that attempt to feed on the plants. Caffeine levels are high in seedlings that are still developing foliage but are lacking mechanical protection.

Caffeine is really the way a plant protects itself from insects and bugs. In other words, caffeine is a natural plant pesticide!

Can you believe this? We are definitely consuming a poison! A natural poison, but still a poison. ( If you don't believe this, explore more to know the fact )

Here is an important pointer which came in the news regarding caffeinated and carbonated drinks:

The Supreme Court of India ordered periodic inspections of all cola manufacturing facilities and invoked Right to Life to counter harmful effects of soft drinks.

Says well-known nutritionist Dr Ishi Khosla: "Colas have a destructive effect on one's health essentially because of the high sugar content. Each 330 ml of a serving of a cola contains about eight to nine teaspoons of sugar, a primary cause of obesity among children and adults alike. Each additional serving of cola increases the chances of obesity by 60 percent.

Besides, the calories in cola are all empty calories and provide no nutrition but only chemicals. The caffeine content in colas, though minimal, also makes them addictive."

Dr Sunita Roy Choudhary of Rockland Hospital says, "High sugar content in colas, empty calories and the bicarbonate used to make it fizzy affect the natural balance of the stomach and blood. The chemicals used for color affect the liver and digestive system."

Caffeine is the world's most widely consumed psychoactive drug and it's the most common stimulant. Over 80% of people in the United States consume caffeine on a daily basis.

It's just the basic common sense that's required from the part of the consumer to refrain from these caffeinated products or atleast to use them in moderation.

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