Why Bees Buzz to Caffeine


As it turns out, bees like caffeine. Maybe that's why they buzz... Bees, as we know, are important for pollination and help ensure plant species survival. Apparently, as with humans, caffeine is attractive to bees in moderate levels, but it's toxic in high levels. Is this nature's way of getting bees addicted to certain plants? Bees Self-Regulate Their Caffeine Given a choice, bees will select mildly caffeinated nectar over non-caffeinated nectar. Bees also prefer nectar with some nicotine, … [Read more...]

Why We Love Caffeine


People Love Caffeine, But Why? Japanese pachinko machines work like regular pinball machines, except instead of playing one large steel ball at a time, they shoot off dozens of smaller balls, clattering loudly through the playing field, bouncing, racing and ricocheting into obstacles, bumpers and rabbit holes. Lights flash, whistles blow, bells ding, all the while the balls are in play. Until they gradually exit the playing space and everything stops. Kind of like your body on … [Read more...]

Flavor-Enhancer Myth: Colas Get a Pass

Coke prevents caffeine ban in soda

The FDA almost banned caffeinated soft drinks in 1980. But Coca-Cola and its rivals successfully argued that caffeine was merely a flavor enhancer – not a drug. The FDA agreed to allow caffeine in soft-drinks if it didn't exceed .02 percent, or 71 mg per 12 fluid ounces. In addition, caffeine was not required to be listed as an ingredient. But does caffeine really enhance the flavor of soft drinks? In 2011, researchers suspected that caffeine was being added to beverages for other reasons. … [Read more...]

8. Caffeine: Addiction, Withdrawal, Disorders


If quitting caffeine has been on your mind, this is the chapter to read.... Got a caffeine habit? Welcome to the human race. Ninety percent of the world consumes caffeine every day – as coffee, tea, chocolate, soda or other buzzed-up substance. In Asia and Russia, tea is drunk from morning to night; and coffee's hot in Japan and Korea. In South America, people get their fix from coffee, guarana, or yerba mate (so many choices!). In Brazil – the world's main coffee supplier – … [Read more...]

Caffeine: Are You Addicted?


If you consume caffeine every day, in a regular fashion, you've either got a habit or are addicted – pick the term you prefer. Experts quibble over whether to call caffeine addictive or just habit-forming. The difference is somewhat a matter of semantics, but not entirely. An addiction suggests self-destructive behavior, one that poses a threat to individuals or society, as in a heroin or cocaine addiction. For most of us, caffeine doesn't match that type of downward spiral. Caffeine's … [Read more...]

Caffeine Addiction Symptoms


When does caffeine cause someone to lose control? For many of us, caffeine is no more habit-forming than relying on a morning shower to wake up. But compulsive caffeine consumption – to the point where sleep is disrupted on a regular basis, or hands tremble – suggests a physical and a psychological dependence, perhaps even a mental health disorder. The word "addiction" is an emotionally charged grenade, packed with social stigma and misconceptions. Many health professionals now use the … [Read more...]