Think about the amount of caffeine in Coke versus the amount in a cup of coffee. Which one has more?
You would think that a cup of coffee would have more of this substance than Coke but recent research shows that coffee contains various health benefits, unlike the other one.
The Caffeine Wars: Coffee vs Coke
You might be one of those people who start the day with a warm cup of coffee or maybe you prefer a cold can of Coke for a boost in the afternoon. You are getting a dose of caffeine, either way. It is a stimulant that is bitter and can occur naturally in coffee beans or can be artificial.
Both of these liquids contain this substance but in different amounts. According to research conducted by MedlinePlus, an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains 95-200 milligrams and a 12-ounce can of Coke contains 35-45 milligrams of caffeine. Coffee, therefore, contains four times more caffeine than Coca-cola.
According to the Coca-Cola website, Diet Coke contains more of this substance than the regular one at 46 mg per 12-ounce can.
An 8-ounce energy drink contains 70-100 mg of caffeine, in general. As for a cup of tea, an 8-ounce cup of tea contains 14-60 mg of caffeine.
What Are The Effects Of Having Too Much Caffeine?
If you indulge in the consumption of caffeine regularly, keep in mind that there is a threshold that your body can handle. According to some experts at Mayo Clinic, you should keep the bar at 400 mg per day. This can include a few cups of coffee, 10 cans of Coca-cola, or 2 shots of an energy drink. Obviously you don’t want to drink 10 cans of Coke as there are other things you need to look at like the amount of sugar for example.
These experts also dropped a warning that children and people who take certain medications should completely avoid caffeine. Pregnant women or feeding mothers should talk to their doctors about limiting their consumption.
Having too much caffeine can also induce some side effects that include insomnia, muscle tremors, migraine headache, irritability, frequent urination, and an upset stomach. Those who are regularly consuming caffeine are more susceptible to its effects.
A review from May 2017 in Frontiers in Psychiatry, confirmed the negative effects when taken in high doses in certain populations like children, pregnant women, and people with mental illness.
The Final Debate: Coffee vs Coke
The difference is apparent when it comes to coffee vs coke.
Coke does not contain any benefits at all, whereas coffee offers a few advantages.
A study from 2015 in “Circulation”, found that coffee was linked with a lower risk of mortality.
Regular coffee drinkers also have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, gout, and cirrhosis. There have obviously been studies that dealt with the negative effects of coffee, which includes cancer, but those studies were quite outdated and pertained to very high doses of coffee.
Coca-cola is full of calories and does not contain any nutrients. A can of soda contains 150 calories from added sugars, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. If you consume coke regularly it will lead to a massive gain in weight, heart disease as well as other chronic illnesses.