Many crave caffeine, but it is harmful? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/7/10

Many crave caffeine, but it is harmful?

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Cleveland Clinic says it takes 15 minutes for caffeine to get into the bloodstream, but the effects can last up to 10 hours. 

Anything from a pick-me-up to headaches, irritability, sleeplessness, heart palpitations, and dehydration, you know you can find caffeine in coffee, soft drinks, energy drinks, and chocolate, but here's something that might surprise you. "They put caffeine in everything now, I mean I've found it in Crystal Light all sorts of products.  So yeah, the inhaled caffeine or caffeine pills are really of concern mainly because of the dehydration effect. If we're given too much there are some adverse health effects," said Jennifer Scaramuzzo, an outpatient dietitian at Covenant.

"The issue with sleeping is number one and then the fact that if you're taking a lot of caffeine, are you doing it with fluids as well?  Because it does mess with the kidneys, can cause more urination and therefore lead to dehydration," Scaramuzzo adds.

Scaramuzzo says read the labels and you might be surprised to see what has caffeine and how much. She says Diet Coke, for example, has more caffeine that regular Coke and if Crystal Light says natural, there's no caffeine, but if it says "energy" or "awake" by the logo, that means caffeine has been added.

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