Out and About with Caffeine
People know caffeine as a naturally occurring substance commonly present in their favorite drinks, be it coffee, tea, chocolate drink, or even a handy energy drink. Hence, it has become the world’s most popular stimulant due to its potential to increase alertness and energy levels.
It is then absorbed in the body within 45 minutes of consumption and peaks in the blood within 15 to 2 hours.
Caffeine in beverages is quickly taken up in the gut and breaks down in both water and fat molecules. It also has the capability of entering the brain. Fiber-rich food in the intestine can reduce the rate at which caffeine levels rise in the blood. As a result, drinking coffee first thing in the morning on an empty stomach may deliver a more immediate energy boost than drinking it with breakfast.
Interestingly, some food also offer the same benefits and mechanism of action inside the body. Thus, the Food and Drug Administration informed that manufacturers should indicate the additional caffeine in the product labels. This is for other consumers to be aware there are other beverages and food with caffeine content.