Brain Food: What to Avoid


With a deadline fast approaching, many people reach for a cup of coffee — or three. But this may not be the best choice. Unlike the natural energy the body gets from food, caffeine doesn’t collect in the bloodstream. Instead, it passes directly into the brain. This process — which relieves fatigue temporarily — can give way to more serious side effects including mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. The American Medical Association Council on Scientific Affairs recommends limiting caffeine intake to two 8 oz. cups of coffee and 2 servings of caffeinated sodas or tea each day.

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September 2, 2015

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September 2, 2015