Caffeine is a stimulating chemical compound naturally found in plants such as coffee beans, tea leaves, and cocoa.

Health Benefits of Caffeine

Caffeine increases energy levels and mental alertness by stimulating the brain and central nervous system. Also, caffeinated beverages such as tea and coffee contain antioxidants and beneficial compounds that can protect cells from damage, reduce inflammation, and prevent chronic diseases.

Too Much Caffeine Is Harmful

When caffeine is consumed too much, it can cause side effects such as high blood pressure, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, increased anxiety, dizziness, restlessness, abdominal pain and diarrhea. It is safe for healthy individuals to consume up to 400 mg of caffeine daily, but this amount is lower for pregnant women.

Recommended Amount of Caffeine During Pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends limiting daily caffeine intake to 200 mg during pregnancy. Caffeine takes 1.5-3.5 times longer to be eliminated from the body during pregnancy, and caffeine can cross the placenta and enter the baby’s bloodstream, affecting the baby’s health. Too much caffeine during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage or premature birth.

Caffeine Amounts in Foods


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