What are the positives and negatives of consuming caffeine?

Research carried out by scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States have found that excessive consumption of caffeine can pose certain health risks.

The FDA has provided guidelines on caffeine consumption, advising against high intake levels, especially in children and individuals with certain health conditions. According to the FDA, caffeine can be part of a healthy diet for most people, but too much caffeine may pose a danger to your health.

What are the benefits of consuming caffeine?

According to the FDA, caffeine can be part of a healthy diet for most people, but too much caffeine may pose a danger to your health. This depends on factors such as body weight, medications taken and individual sensitivity. The question of “too much” varies from person to person.

Caffeine is a natural substance, found in the leaves and fruit of more than 60 plants, most notably, tea and coffee plants. Despite the clear association to tea and coffee, caffeine is actually present in a variety of beverages, including some soft drinks, as well as some foods, including energy bars.

As a natural ingredient, caffeine offers a variety of health benefits, with studies from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland, US associating it with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and kidney disease.

Caffeine also offers potential mental and emotional benefits when enjoyed in the form of a cup of tea or coffee.

“Coffee provides a great ritual, and really brings people together in their daily routines,” says Howey Gill, head of coffee at Grind. “Sitting down in a buzzing café, chatting, with the noise of espresso machines, customers and music – people love this vibe. At home, it provides this amazing ritual for us. Regardless of what’s going on in our lives it provides this little moment of constancy where we take a second to do whatever it is we do to make our cup of coffee. For me that’s pouring a big v60 for me and my partner in the exact same spot in the kitchen.”