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Surprising health benefits to caffeine

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) -- March is "Caffeine Awareness Month" and, some days, you're very "aware" of just how much you need that caffeine boost! 

Coffee, soda, tea, or energy drinks -- whatever your morning vice may be -- it's really all about moderation when it comes to caffeine. "The upper limit of caffeine consumption in a day for the average adult is 400 milligrams a day.. or less", advises Abi Utech, a registered dietitian with Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. 

So how much does that equate to? 

- An 8 ounce cup of black coffee is about 100 mg of caffeine

- A 20 ounce soda ranges usually ranges from 90-100 mg of caffeine

- A regular sized can of energy drinks can run on average around 200-240mg of caffeine (be careful of the added sugars and supplements like ginseng and taurine)

- Black tea has around 30-50mg of caffeine (per 8 ounces) and green tea usually has around 25-30mg (per 8 ounces)

Moderate doses of caffeine has been linked to a decrease in cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's Disease, and even some cancers according to Utech. The downside? If you indulge in TOO much caffeine - it's easy to get the shakes, feel agitated, start to sweat or even experience an increase in blood pressure. 

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