With so many cafes sprouting up all
over India, Indians are suddenly consuming more coffee than they used to.
Is this a healthy trend?
What is caffeine?
Caffeine is essentially a central nervous system stimulant, and is a mildly addictive
drug. It causes your body to release adrenaline, which in turn causes pupils
to dilate. Adrenaline further increases your heartbeat for a few minutes,
which is not a harmful thing by itself. The liver releases sugar into the
bloodstream and you feel energized. Caffeine is a mildly addictive drug.
Can I drink coffee
when I am pregnant?
Yes you can. There is no need to
stop drinking coffee when pregnant. A moderate intake (around 2 -3 cups
a day) is perfectly harmless. (However, presuming that you add 2 spoons
of sugar in your coffee, you are consuming around 6 spoons of sugar with
3 cups of coffee! Needless to say, this will cause a greater weight gain
during pregnancy!) Research findings as to whether more than 3 cups of coffee in a day is harmful, is inconsistent. As a result, different doctors
make different suggestions. We would encourage you to play safe when pregnant,
and don't have more than 2 cups of coffeein a day. After all, caffeine
is not present in coffee alone, and you never know in what other forms
you are consuming it.
Does tea contain
Yes, tea does contain caffeine. A
cup of moderately brewed tea contains around 30% less caffeine than a cup
of coffee does.
What soft drinks
Soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi contain
almost as much caffeine as does a cup of coffee. High energy drinks like
Mountain Dew contain more caffeine than Coke. So if you must have two cups
of coffeein a day, skip the soft drink and have a juice instead. Soft
drinks like Citra and 7 Up contain no caffeine at all.
What effect will
this have on my foetus?
When you consume a cup of coffee,
your foetus feels a brief bout of stress, while your heartbeat and metabolism
increase. This is equivalent to you running a short distance to catch that
bus, and is not harmful for the foetus. However it is important to avoid
drinking too much coffee. In addition, caffeine is a diuretic, which means
that it prompts your body to lose water through urination. Thus, for every
cup of coffee you consume, drink 2 additional glasses of water. If you
drink coffee at night, you may have trouble falling asleep.
Can I have coffee
immediately after a meal?
Coffee inhibits the body's ability
to absorb certain minerals like iron and calcium, so avoid consuming coffee
within one hour of a meal. It's best to have coffee in the evenings, along
with a light snack.
How much caffeine
am I taking in, in a day?
A moderate caffeine intake is defined
as around 300 mg of caffeinein a day. Here's how you can find out
whether your caffeine intake is moderate or excessive.
Decaffeinated coffees contain negligible
amounts of caffeine (5 mg per cup).
Instant coffees contain half the amount
of caffeine than espressos (100 mg per cup) or cappuccinos (100 mg per
The more brewed the tea leaves, the
more caffeine they contain. Heavily brewed and strong teas can contain
more caffeine than a cup of cappuccino, while lightly brewed teas can contain
around 30 mg of caffeine per cup.
Chocolate contains around 10 to 15 mg
of caffeine, while coffee based chocolates contain more.
Pain relievers contain around 30 mg
Any tips to
cut down caffeine consumption?
Switch to decaf coffee.
Brew the coffee tea leaves for a shorter
Stir the coffee directly into a cup
of milk without heating the coffee separately in water.
Switch to herb teas. Some of them do
not contain caffeine. (Read the list of ingredients.)
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