Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Finding Caffeine In Places Other Than Your Coffee Cup

Guarana is a vine plant with fruit that has high levels of caffeine.  The plant is found in rain forests and its fruit is said to improve energy and strengthen mental function.  There are studies confirming these claims.  Even without studies, it is logical to conclude that anything with caffeine will increase energy and improve mental alertness.  The guarana seems to have an enhanced effect over plain caffeine.

Many people consume energy drinks with guarana and are unaware of the added caffeine content.  Too much caffeine can be a source of risk to people with heart disease, cause insomnia, cause anxiety and many other problems.  Many companies do not label the amount of caffeine in their products.  A good precaution is to read labels and check for caffeine in the ingredient list.  A company will usually post actual caffeine content on their website. 

There is a company that makes beef jerky which is marinated in guarana and packs 120 mg caffeine per serving.  Another company adds guarana to its chewing gum making for a total of 35 mg of caffeine.  A typical can of soda contains about 30-50 mg of caffeine.  Please read labels carefully to check ingredients and go to the company's website to get the true caffeine amount.  It is important to be aware of what we put in our bodies.

Stay healthy & well,

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