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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Caffeine: What You Need To Know

By Pamela Redwine

We are trying to get some adult classes planned for the next couple of months. Several things we are looking at are crocheting classes, sewing classes, canning classes and a possible quilt club. If you are interested in any of these things let us hear from you.  Also let us know dates and times that are best. You can email me at pamelar@ext. or call the office at 675-2730. Your input is appreciated.
Have you seen the cute ruffle scarves that everyone’s wearing? Would you like to learn how to make one?  Join me on Wednesday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. for a Ruffle Scarf Workshop. The cost of the class is $7 and should be paid when you register.  This will get you the yarn and needle that you need to make one scarf, which we will make during the class.  When registering please state what color scarf you would like: turquoise, purple, blue, maroon, orange or black.  The scarves will be a variety of colors, but these are the dominant colors. Register soon, space is limited.
The Healthy You Exercise class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  If you haven’t joined us, you should.  Wear cool clothes, comfortable shoes and bring some water to drink, because you are going to sweat!
Our new 4-H group for ages 10-18 will meet again on Tuesday, March 12, at 4 p.m. at the Extension Office located inside the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville. This is a fun group that teaches many life skills.  It is also free and open to all youth ages 10 to 18. Please call the Extension office at 675-2730 if you plan on attending.
It’s hard to believe spring break will soon be here. We will have two Kids In the Kitchens that we would love to have your children attend. On Tuesday, March 12 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m we will have a Kids in the Kitchen for ages 5 to 9. And on Thursday, March 14, we will have a Kids in the Kitchen for 10-18 year olds.  Space is limited. Please call to register your child.
Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at MSU-Yalobusha County Extension Service to keep up with our upcoming events.
Caffeine: What you need to know
In the last couple of months I have been trying to kick the caffeine habit. I can’t say I am completely there. I still, on occasion, like my diet soda around mid-afternoon as a little pick me up.  Have you ever thought about cutting caffeine out of your diet?  Do you know what effect it actually has on you? Read more to find out.
How Caffeine Affects Your Body
Caffeine has long been known to elevate blood pressure acutely. A well-designed study examined the impact of 250mg of caffeine in subjects who consumed no coffee in the previous three weeks. These researchers found that the average blood pressure increased by 14/10 mmHg one hour after the caffeine was consumed.
Coffee raises blood pressure by both increasing vasoconstriction and reducing vasodilation. A clinical trial of patients with hypertension who stopped drinking coffee did find a significant drop in blood pressure, at least in the short-term.
Typical Amounts of Caffeine
All caffeinated drinks are not created equal.  Some contain as little as 10 milligrams per cup, while others can have more than 100 milligrams per cup.  Here’s a rundown of the most common caffeinated drinks…
• Up to 10 milligrams of caffeine: decaffeinated tea and coffee
• Up to 50 milligrams of caffeine; most sodas, green tea, ice tea and energy gum.
• Up to 70 milligrams of caffeine, most energy drinks and coffees
• More than 100 milligrams of caffeine: some energy drinks, strong coffee, espresso.

Sneaky Caffeine Pittfalls

Most beverages are served in large portion sizes. There can be multiple servings in a single container!
Many energy drinks recommend having multiple containers per day.  When that container is already huge, your caffeine consumption can go through the roof!
Green tea. Decaffeinated tea or coffee, and diet soda are the best bets in terms of caffeine content and calories.
If you are caffeine sensitive or if your health professional advises that you skip caffeine, be aware that decaffeinated coffee and tea do contain some caffeine.
(Article Source: Com-municating Food For Health January 2013)

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