Caffeine, a mild stimulant that comes from the leaves, seeds or fruits of more than 60 plants, is one of the most comprehensively studied ingredients in the U.S. food supply. To date, no scientific evidence has demonstrated an association between caffeine and any health-related problems including heart disease, hypertension, cancer, osteoporosis, fibrocystic breast disease, ulcers or dehydration.
Most medical and nutrition experts agree that moderate caffeine consumption is safe for otherwise healthy individuals. Although caffeine sensitivity varies from person to person and is affected by many factors, including the frequency and amount of regular intake, body weight and physical condition, the general consensus is that a daily caffeine intake of 300 milligrams, which is equal to about 3 cups of coffee, is safe for most adults. The American Dietetic Association does, however, offer the following advice for individuals who fall in certain categories.
Although caffeine is not considered to be addictive, it can be habit forming. Anyone interested in reducing caffeine intake may find it helpful to:
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