So I tried this new energy drink Verve, and the label said it had 80mg of caffeine. I got curious and decided to investigate how much caffeine other drinks (mainly soda) have. I discovered some things I didn’t expect: Pepsi One has more caffeine than Mountain Dew, and Diet Coke has more caffeine than Dr. Pepper which has more caffeine than regular Coke. A much more complete list can be found HERE.
“Caffeine exaggerates the stress response,” says James D. Lane, PhD, professor of medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and a long-time caffeine researcher. “At the cellular level, caffeine locks the receptor normally used by adenosine, a brain modulator that provides feedback to avoid overstimulation of nerve cells. If adenosine is locked up, nothing keeps the nervous system from getting too excited at a cellular level.”
So what’s the harm, ask caffeine fans, who point to studies showing the benefits of caffeine, such as boosting memory and improving concentration and perhaps lowering risks of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and.
But others are alarmed by what they say is an increasingly overcaffeinated nation; they are concerned by studies finding too much caffeine can set you up for, high blood sugar, and decreased — not to mention jangled nerves.
And some fun facts from another article:
Children’s consumption of soft drinks has doubled in the past 35 years, with sodas supplanting milk.
By triggering the release of adrenaline to help muscles work harder and longer, caffeine so clearly enhances athletic performance that until 2004 it was considered a controlled substance by the International Olympic Committee.
The young adult crowd who favor caffeine with their alcohol appear to be putting themselves at some risk, too. According to Mark Fillmore, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky, “Caffeine seems to restore the speed of your behavior but not the accuracy.” This gives a whole new meaning to “The Quick and the Dead!”