According to the Canadian Coffee Association, 71 per cent of Canadians drink coffee. Seventy six per cent of the consumption is at home while 44 percent is purchased, which has allowed for cafes to thrive and coffee shops to open around the country. So a large majority of the country’s population is consuming caffeine, a very well known, legal stimulant. Caffeine being a stimulant means it also has its addictive properties. It also does have some withdrawal symptoms that for the average coffee drinker, may go unnoticed. Some of these symptoms may even include headaches, fatigue and agitation.
“Caffeine is a drug because it has a direct effect on particular receptors in the brain,” said Francesco Leri, a University of Guelph psychology professor. “It enhances memory and it imparts motivational values so by the descriptors the neurobiological descriptor of what a drug of use should do caffeine definitely qualifies.”
Thinking of caffeine as a drug is a different way of looking at coffee. People simply consume coffee as a way to start their morning. Fueling your body with caffeine is not always the best way to start your morning. Without properly fueling your body, you cannot have the same energy levels. That includes consuming the appropriate amount of macro and micronutrients. According to registered dietition Rosanne Robinson it is also important to understand what you consume and what is inside of it.
The average Tim Hortons large cup of coffee according to the Tim Hortons website can contain up to 270 milligrams of caffeine. The recommended daily dosage according to Robinson for a healthy adult is 400 milligrams. That means consuming two large cups would put you over the recommended daily dosage.
On the other hand a popular energy drink like Monster Energy contains up to 86 milligrams of caffeine in a 240 ml serving. Coffee and energy drinks are two of the most popular, “pick me ups” that exist in the market. These are popular around workers and students alike.
By: Christian Apostolovski