Worried you drink too much coffee? Don't be. Researchers say it doesn't increase your stress levels
One in five of us avoid drinking coffee because we think it is addictive or increases stress levels, according to UK-based research. If that's you, maybe it's time to relax a little, as scientific evidence seems to indicate it is not actually addictive afterall.
It may be that you're a regular coffee drinker, but your regular skinny latte is more likely to be a habit than an addiction. What about stress? There is scant evidence to show a correlation between moderate caffeine intake (which equates to four to five cups per day) and anxiety. Research in this area has found that a single large dose of caffeine (300mg) can cause anxiety – but this quantity is many times higher than the amount contained in a single caffeine-containing drink.
Four to five cups of coffee a day contain around 400mg of caffeine in total. TV's Dr Christian Jessen says, 'We don’t need to worry about drinking a couple of cups of coffee causing stress or anxiety and we certainly don’t need to worry about becoming addicted to coffee. The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence demonstrates that moderate coffee consumption of four to five cups per day is perfectly safe.'
Visit the British Coffee Association for more information about coffee and health.
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