Saturday, August 28, 2021

Caffeine in carbonated sodas

Caffeine is a bitter white crystalline alkaloid from the methylxanthine group. The systematic name of caffeine is 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. It occurs naturally in coffee beans, tea leaves, cocoa beans, and kola nuts, and is also added to foods and beverages.

Most carbonated beverages contain caffeine, which is considered to be a mild drug and can have harmful effects, especially on children. Soft drinks today – both ‘colas’ and many noncolas – have caffeine added to them as part of the recipe.

It is deliberately added to these drinks because of their taste and to cause the addiction to a drink. The caffeine content in soft drinks varies depending on drink type. It can be from 10 to 50 mg of caffeine per serving portion.

The children’s major source of caffeine was carbonated drinks. A nationwide caffeine consumption survey conducted of children aged 5 to 18 years found that 98% studied consumed caffeine on a weekly basis, derived mostly from carbonated beverages (Paediatr. Perinat. Epidemiol. 17:324-331 [2003]).

Soft drinks are the most consumed caffeine-containing beverage in America. Caffeine is a drug that acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system. Caffeine is used to reduce physical fatigue and for its medical characteristics also. It can be used in combination with certain pain relievers for treating migraines.

Study found that the high caffeine consumers experienced more interrupted sleep during the night. It also accelerates bone tissue loss in postmenopausal older women.
Caffeine in carbonated sodas

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