Caffeine Myths

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Caffeine has a reputation of being bad for you, but is it a bum rap? Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the myths surrounding caffeine in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Chances are you have some real misperceptions about caffeine. Lets look at three of the more common myths associated with caffeine.

Myth No. 1: Caffeine is addictiveCaffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system, and regular use of caffeine does cause mild physical dependence. If you stop taking caffeine abruptly, you may have withdrawal symptoms, such as headache or fatigue, for a day or more.

Myth No. 2: Caffeine causes insomniaYour body quickly absorbs caffeine, but it also gets rid of it quickly. For most people, a cup of coffee or two in the morning wont interfere with sleep at night. Consuming caffeine later in the day, however, can interfere with sleep.

Myth No. 3: Caffeine harms children, who, today, consume even more than adultsStudies suggest that up to 300 milligrams of caffeine daily is safe for kids. But most caffeine that kids drink is in sodas, energy drinks or sweetened teas, all of which have high sugar content. These empty calories put kids at higher risk for obesity.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.