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Caffeine

Alternate Names

Guaranine, Methyltheobromine, Theine, Trimethylxanthine

Description

Naturally occurring stimulant found in coffee, tea, cocoa, kola nuts, yerba mate, Yaupon Holly and guarana berries. An odorless powder with a distinct taste used to flavor beverages and foods. Obtained as a by-product of producing decaffeinated coffee.

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Names

Guaranine, Methyltheobromine, Theine, Trimethylxanthine

Allergy Information

Coffee

Uses

Flavoring

Additional Information

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant which can be addictive. It is the world's most widely consumed psychoactive substance, is legal and unregulated. It crosses the placental barrier and is therefore not recommended for pregnant women. There are a variety of reported side effects depending on amount consumed, tolerance, and sensitivity to caffeine.



Found In

naturally occurring in coffee, tea, cocoa; added to root beer, soda, energy drinks

Possible Health Effects

Insomnia, nervousness, irregular heartbeat and heart palpitations. Hyperactivity in children. Can be addictive. May increase risk of miscarriage in pregnant women.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

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