How much coffee per day do you drink? - Caffeine survey results
Coffee for breakfast, cappuccino for lunch and an espresso after dinner. Yes, coffee accompanies most people throughout the day – and so does caffeine. And those who don’t like coffee may drink caffeinated teas or energy drinks instead. But when should you draw a line under caffeine consumption? How does caffeine affect our bodies and our health? How much coffee a day do our users drink?
We want to support a healthy lifestyle and therefore take a closer look at the controversial topic of “caffeine” and its effects.
Caffeine is a chemical compound that occurs naturally in plants as a defensive substance. In addition to the coffee bean, cacao beans, the mate plant and the leaves of green and black tea also contain caffeine. Drinks containing caffeine have been consumed in various forms all over the world for many years. The reason for the widespread consumption is primarily the wake-up effect of caffeine. It stimulates our central nervous system, boosts metabolism, increases cardiac activity and enhances concentration. It makes us more alert and sensitive to stimuli. The effect begins approximately 10 to 40 minutes after ingestion, although it can take up to 8 hours for the caffeine to be completely broken down by the body.
How much caffeine a day?
From our survey on caffeine consumption, 78.35% of respondents consumed at least one caffeinated beverage per day. This can be coffee variations, teas or soft drinks such as energy drinks and mate. How much caffeine can be consumed per day depends on individual body weight. A safe amount is considered to be 5.7 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. On average, the single dose of caffeine should be no more than 200 mg and 400 mg calculated over the day.
How much coffee per day and in what form?
Cappuccino, espresso, latte macchiato, latte and so on. The list of coffee variations is long. Some prefer their cup of coffee strong, others rather mild. Of the respondents who consume caffeine, 58.9% say they consume 2-3 cups of black coffee per day. One cup of black coffee contains about 80 mg of caffeine. A cup of black tea, on the other hand, contains only 25-50 mg of caffeine. How much coffee per day is safe is determined by the recommended daily amount. Accordingly, 2 – 4 cups of coffee per day is considered a safe amount.
How many users do not consume caffeine and why?
Of course, not everyone consumes caffeine or coffee. Some simply don’t like coffee, others develop health problems. The effect of caffeine on the body can vary widely. In our survey, 9.89% percent said they stopped consuming caffeine because it didn’t do them any good. If caffeine consumption remains below the recommended maximum of 400mg per day, caffeine is not considered harmful, but sleep can be impaired from as little as 100mg. In addition, a psychological dependence can develop. For example, if you think you can’t get up in the morning without coffee. Those who do not want or cannot tolerate caffeine in their coffee can switch to decaffeinated coffees instead.
Consequences of excessive caffeine consumption
If too much caffeine is consumed in the short term, the consequences can include increased nervousness, excitability, insomnia, sweating and even heart palpitations. Long-term health consequences can include cardiovascular problems. Caffeine has a particularly strong effect on sleep patterns. Falling asleep becomes more difficult and restful sleep phases are impaired. The next day, fatigue, memory problems and problems with emotion regulation can be the result of too much caffeine. To prevent health problems, the recommended daily amount should not be exceeded on a permanent basis. In addition, it is important to pay attention to the signs of your own body. Anyone who is often irritable, sleeps badly or suffers from memory and concentration problems should reduce their consumption of coffee and caffeine. Talking to your doctor can also be helpful.
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