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Studies have shown that up to 30% of decaf coffees ordered at coffee houses and restaurants contain unacceptably high levels of caffeine, or are not decaf at all.

 

The D+caf™ Caffeine Test Strip is a unique new Caffeine Test Kit product that quickly and easily determines whether your coffee or tea is really decaf.

 

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What They’re Saying about D+CAF Caffeine Test Strips

"When you buy decaf coffee you always wonder is it really decaf… A lot of people eat dinner at night and say to the waiter this better be decaf… Here’s a wand out. It’s called D+CAF Caffeine Test Strips… People need to know if their coffee is really decaf or they’ll be up all night."
Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, The Today Show, NBC-TV
 


 

"It’s sort of genius! No more inadvertent caffeine boosts and late-night jitters because of a mislabeled or otherwise errant cup of java after dinner!"
Liz Krieger, Real Simple.com
 


 

"Decaf junkies can now test their cups of java for any unexpected jolt. A new test strip lets coffee lovers who can’t hack caffeine dip into their cups to make sure all’s clear – or at least close to caffeine-free."
Marina Vataj and David K. Li, New York Post
 


 

"This is going to come in handy for those people who really want to know how much caffeine they’re having."
Regis Philbin, Live! With Regis & Kelly , WABC-TV
 


 

"About 15 percent of coffee drinkers choose decaf and even though most decaf cups have less caffeine than regular brew the food and drug administration doesn’t monitor the levels so you could be getting an unexpected jolt. Now one savvy research group is aiming to change that."
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"Now you can be sure you are getting decaf."
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­"The strips are fairly easy to use. Dunk 'em in a teaspoon or less of the suspect beverage and the results are ready in about a minute."
Seattlepi.com, "Health Report"
 


 

"If you are pregnant or have other health concerns involving caffeine such as high blood pressure, you might want to know if your next cuppa Joe is really decaf."
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"While testing your coffee or tea for caffeine may not be at the top of everyone’s priority list, it is good to know that products such as D+CAF testing strips are available for those who have a true need to reduce their caffeine intake and want to be certain the drinks they purchase are truly caffeine-free."
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The Harmful Effects of Caffeine

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While attending Fort Valley State University, I signed up for a class that was held at 8:00am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The problem with this situation was that I started my party frenzy on Thursday night and ended it on Monday morning (3:00am). Now of course I didn’t do this every week but I did it enough to regret signing up for that class. Getting up on Wednesday morning was not a problem since I had adequate sleep the night before, however, when Monday and Friday morning came around it was virtually impossible for me to get up. When I would finally drag myself out of bed and prepare for my 8:00 o’clock class (late as usual) I would still have a hard time staying awake during class.

 

My roommate suggested that I drink pepsi or coke before class and the caffeine will keep me awake. Come Friday morning I did just that. I went to the soda machine conveniently located across from my class and bought a can of pepsi. While still standing there I notice the candy machine to my left filled with all kinds of sweet goodies. “Hmmmm wouldn’t a nice snickers bar go well with this pepsi?” I asked myself. Without hesitation, I purchase a snickers bar and headed towards my class.

 

To my surprise it worked. I was up and alert during class. However, I was on a caffeine high at 800am and would crash at 10:00am. I didn’t mind taking an hour nap at 10:00am in exchange for my power surge during my 8:00 o’clock class.  It wasn’t long until I started experiencing some side effects from the caffeine I was consuming. My first side effect was nervousness. I couldn’t keep still. When I would sit down I would constantly shake my leg. I also noticed that it would take more cans of soda to keep me awake. The second side effect was headaches followed by diarrhea. In order to get rid of my headache I would drink a cup of coffee. Finally I was suffering from insomnia. I was a caffeine addict. This is one of the reasons why I developed uterine fibroids a year later. Fortunately, during the “detox” program that I was on to help cure myself of cancer, I slowly weaned myself off sodas and chocolate. My side effects are gone and I don’t have to worry about developing uterine fibroids again.

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I have many concerns about this caffeine. The major one, possibly even more important than the caffeine itself, is the toxic chemical used in the many stages of growing and marketing coffee. The easily rancified oils and the irritating acids contained in the beans offer further hazards.

 

Caffeine, like sugar, over stimulates the adrenals and then weakens them with persistent or chronic use. First, sugar stimulates and weakens the adrenals, which creates fatigue.

 

Then we use caffeine to keep us aware and awake, further depleting our adrenals, to which many respond by drinking more caffeine with sugar. In addition, people who overuse caffeine tend to need more tranquilizers and sleeping pills to help them relax or sleep.

 

Caffeine can be a lifetime drug for many. We begin with hot chocolate or chocolate bars, which contain some caffeine, move into colas or other soft drinks with caffeine, and then add coffee and tea.

 

Many adults use caffeine daily, but this is slowly changing with education and experience revealing the long-range problems resulting from caffeine abuse.

 

People trying to cut down by drinking decaf could even be exposed to dangerous chemicals unless they are drinking coffee prepared by the water process or Swiss process, which uses steam distillation to remove the caffeine. Otherwise, agents such as TCE (trichlorethylene) or methylene chloride used in the chemical processing may be contained as residues in the decaf coffee. Cola naturally contains caffeine, yet many soft drinks have even more added. The caffeine creates an addiction to the drink. Xanthines, theophylline, is found in black teas; it is also commonly used in medicine to aid in breathing. Theobromine, the third xanthine derivative, is found in cocoa.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Caffeine Intoxication or Abuse

 

nervousness                    headache               increased heart rate

anxiety                           upset stomach         irregular heartbeat

irritability                       GI irritation              elevated blood pressure

agitation                         heartburn                increased cholesterol

tremors                           diarrhea                  nutritional deficiencies

insomnia                        fatigue                     poor concentration

depression                      dizziness                 bed wetting.

 

Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms

 

headache                         constipation                       runny nose

craving                            anxiety                               nausea

irritability                         nervousness                       vomiting

insomnia                         shakiness                            cramps

fatigue                             dizziness                            ringing in the ears

depression                      drowsiness                          feeling hot and cold

apathy                             inability to concentrate

 

The most common withdrawal symptom is a throbbing and/or pressure headache, usually located at the temples but occasionally at the back of the head or around the eyes. A vague muscular headache often follows. Of course, caffeine cures the symptom; but this is not the answer.

 

It’s ok to have a piece of chocolate every now and then but please be sure not to use caffeine on a daily basis, especially if you are a woman.

 


 

Caffeine Test kits could help consumers avoid caffeine

 

Caffeine Test kits could help consumers avoid caffeineA testing kit that uses antibodies from llama blood could help consumers and companies identify the presence of caffeine in beverages.

 

Consumers are increasingly trying to avoid caffeine due to unwanted health effects, including insomnia and irritability. The test could be another tool that eventually leads to a reduction in demand for products containing caffeine.

Chemists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are developing a quick, "dipstick" test that they say could represent the first home testing kit to detect the common stimulant.

 

Products do not always indicate whether they contain caffeine, and the caffeine content of similar food products can vary widely depending on the manufacturer.

 

Even drinks that are labeled "decaf" can contain detectable amounts of caffeine, experts say.

 

"We envisioned that a simple method to measure caffeine, even in hot beverages, such as coffee, would be of value to individuals and institutions wanting to verify the absence of caffeine," said study leader Jack Ladenson, a chemist at the university. "This will greatly assist individuals who wish to avoid caffeine."

 

Ladenson said he is developing test strips treated with a specific antibody that react by changing colour in the presence of caffeine.

 

The new test will be designed to be qualitative only, he said. It allows a person to quickly determine whether caffeine is present, but does not indicate the exact amount or concentration of caffeine.

 

In preliminary tests using coffee and cola, an experimental version of the caffeine test kit effectively distinguished caffeinated versions of these products from their decaf counterparts, Ladenson said.

 

Several studies have linked an increase in caffeine consumption with a higher risk of miscarriage among pregnant women. The US Food and Drug Administration has specifically advised pregnant women to avoid or limit their intake of caffeine.

 

Current tests to detect caffeine use sophisticated laboratory methods, including spectroscopy and chromatography. While caffeine-specific antibodies are commercially available, these antibodies are destroyed at high temperatures, like those of hot beverages, and consequently are not practical for use in home tests, the scientists say.

 

To develop the new immunoassay test, Ladenson and his associates obtained an antibody derived from the blood of llamas. The antibody is resistant to high temperatures due to its unusually stable structure.

 

They obtained the antibodies by repeatedly injecting the animals with caffeine to illicit an immune response to the drug. The researchers then cloned

 

the caffeine-specific antibody and combined it with other chemicals to facilitate caffeine detection.

 

In early laboratory studies, the antibody mixture was used to measure the presence of caffeine in both caffeinated and decaf versions of coffee and cola.

 

 

In general, the researchers found that caffeine test kit results were comparable to those of conventional chromatography tests and that the caffeine content of these beverages was accurately labeled.

 

The antibodies worked equally well in both hot and cold beverages and did not appear to show any false readings caused by structures that are similar to caffeine, Ladenson says. He has filed patents related to the research.

 

The study will appear in the 1 June edition of the American Chemical Societies Analytical Chemistry.

 


 

Caffeine... Is It Really All That Bad?

 

Caffeine (kaf-en') - an alkaloid drug, obtained from coffee and tea, that has a stimulant action, particularly on the central nervous system. It is used to promote wakefulness and increase mental activity.

 

Sources and Related Compounds

 

Caffeine is one in a group of compounds known as methylxanthines. The other two compounds are theobromine and theophylline and are found in cocoa and tea, respectively. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, cocoa beans, and kola nuts. The following table lists average amounts of caffeine in the most common sources: \

 

Source of Caffeine

Mg

Coffee (10 oz.) brewed, drip

230

Coffee (10 oz.) instant

130

Coffee (10 oz.) decaf

5

Tea (10 oz, brewed)

80-120

Iced tea (12 oz)

70

Hot cocoa (8 oz)

5

Soft drink (12 oz) Coca Cola

45

Pepsi

40

Dr. Pepper

40

Diet Coke/Pepsi

40-45

Mountain Dew

55

Anacin (2 tablets)

32

Exedrin (1 tablet)

65

No Doz (1 tablet)

100

 

The Physiology of Caffeine

 

Caffeine is absorbed rapidly and is distributed throughout the body water within about an hour. It has a metabolic half life of about three hours and is excreted as a methylxanthine derivitive (in both urine and to a lesser extent, feces). Caffeine is a cardiac muscle stimulant, smooth muscle relaxant, and a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. One mechanism behind the latter is an increase in the excitiability of neurons in the CNS. Caffeine also acts as a diuretic, stimulates gastric acid secretions, and increases plasma glucose and free fatty acid concentrations. These physiological effects of caffeine are related to both the drawbacks and benefits of this drug.

 

The Drawbacks of Caffeine

  • Dehydration is a major drawback of caffeine consumption, and results from the drugs ability to increase urine production. If you are not careful about replacing fluids with your morning cup of joe, you could end up dehydrated pretty quickly - especially in our already-dry environment. Now would be a good time to reread the Nutrition Paige regarding hydration!

  • In addition to dehydration, caffeine causes some people to get jittery stomachs or "coffee stomach" - which can be quite uncomfortable and mask any potential benefits.

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Some of the biggest drawbacks of caffeine have nothing to do with caffeine itself. For example, some people don't like black coffee and end up putting cream, sugar, flavoring, etc. into their coffee. A cup of black coffee every day only adds about 10 calories but a cup of joe with all the bells and whistles or a specialty drink like a mochas or lattes can run in the hundreds of calories - not to mention add extra sugar and saturated fat to the diet.

 

For those watching their weight, these coffee habits can be detrimental. Remember, the powdered non dairy creamers have coconut oils, which also have saturated fat. Skim milk and an occasional Equal in place of sugar is a good compromise if plain black coffee doesn't float your boat.

 

For some, a cup of coffee in the morning replaces a healthy breakfast as it tends to curb the appetite. If this is the case for you, you may want to put off the caffeine for later and see how much energy a good breakfast gives you!

 

An obvious drawback to any drug is the withdrawal symptoms that accompany its abuse. For caffeine, this includes primarily headache, and nausea and vomiting are more severe side effects of withdrawal.

 

 

The Benefits of Caffeine

  • An increased alertness and wakefulness is probably the primary reason people consume caffeine of any form. BUT...did you know that caffeine's perk-me-up quality is only effective when you are truly fatigued? In other words, if you get plenty of sleep, coffee is probably not doing a whole lot of good - and the perceived alertness is just that... perceived! (but, there is certainly nothing wrong with the placebo effect - as long as you can minimize the drawbacks above).

  • Athletes commonly consume caffeine for its proven performance enhancing effect. At first it was thought that because caffeine stimulates the release of fats into the blood, the working muscles would burn more of these fats, essentially sparing limited muscle glycogen. This has never been proven, however. While caffeine does release fats into the blood, this is probably not significant for competitive athletes who are already "wired" on adrenaline. A more likely explanation is the ability of caffeine to make exercise seem easier due to its stimulant effect on the brain, which may reduce the fatigue associated with long bouts of exercise.

Who Should Avoid Caffeine?

Caffeine should be avoided by those with any of the following clinical conditions:

  • irritable bowel syndrome

  • iron deficiency

  • chronic fatigue

  • cardiac arrhythmia

  • kidney stones

  • osteoporosis

  • ulcers

  • PMS

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list by any means, but these are some of the major conditions where caffeine should be avoided. Also, patients should be made aware of any caffeine found in medications in case they are sensitive to certain levels of caffeine.

 

The Caffeine Bottom Line

 

Most of the studies linking caffeine (coffee consumption) with health problems are inconsistent. Increased caffeine consumption has been associated with elevated cholesterol, fibrocystic breast disease, rapid heart beat, and some cancers. Studies showing either a relationship or no relationship seems to be about equal in number.

 

In 1986 the American Journal of Epidemiology reported a 25 year follow up study on 3000 people which showed that men who drank more than 5 cups of coffee a day had an increased mortality - but this was not the case for women.

 

The jury is obviously still out on the hazards of caffeine, but most of the studies showing some link between caffeine and a health risk report levels of more that 4 cups of coffee a day. In my opinion, caffeine is like anything else - used in moderation (200 mg a day or so) it is probably harmless.  For those of us who choose to consume that tasty beverage called joe, it's important to recognize some of the drawbacks and make sure we minimize them.

 

If you can't function on less than 4 cups a day - I would definitely consider cutting back slowly down to a more moderate level.

 

If you really enjoy your one cup a day - relax and enjoy!

 

Caffeine

  1. Caffeine is a natural ingredient of coffee and tea, and is added to other beverages, such as soft drinks

  2. Caffeine is a member of the alkaloid family; coffee contains other alkaloids, including xanthine and theophylline

  3. Caffeine is the world’s most consumed drug

  4. It is estimated that more than 100 million Americans drink a total of 350 million cups of coffee a day

  5. Different coffees contain varying levels of caffeine depending on their botanical variety. Robusta coffee is grown at a lower elevation, and has more caffeine than arabica coffee which is grown at higher elevations

  6. Coffee beans generally contain more caffeine than tea leaves

  7. Herbal teas are non-caffeinated because they are made from plants that do not contain caffeine

  8. Caffeine concentrations in coffee and tea depend on the caffeine content of beans/leaves, brewing time, amount of beans/leaves used per serving

  9. Non-decaf drip coffee averages 75-150 mg caffeine per 6 oz serving (American Beverage Association website)

  10. Some coffee can have as much as 500 mg caffeine per serving

  11. Decaf coffee always contains some caffeine – the average is 6-10 mg per 6 oz serving

  12. Strong tea can have >80 mg caffeine per 8 oz cup; weaker tea has less caffeine than stronger tea; average for brewed tea is 20-90 mg / 8 oz

Caffeine Health effects

  1. Effects of caffeine include agitation, insomnia, increased heart rate, anxiety, and other unwanted symptoms

  2. Consumers advised to be careful about caffeine include those with sleep problems, pregnant women, diabetics, persons taking certain medications, and others under medical advice to avoid or limit caffeine

  3. Many people avoid drinking caffeinated beverages to help prevent insomnia, especially after 3 pm

  4. Some people are sensitive to relatively small doses of caffeine – less than 15 mg

  5. People drink decaffeinated beverages to avoid the unwanted symptoms of caffeine

  6. To avoid symptoms, people need to limit the total amount (total mg) of caffeine that they consume


 

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In a 2002 story on innovative biosensors, we wrote that “researchers have long hoped for ways to make cheap and long-lasting artificial antibodies.” One of the companies that, in the intervening six years, developed just such a technology was Silver Lake Research, which claims that it can produce antibodies geared to any particular molecular target.

Silver Lake has introduced antibody tests that municipalities can use to assess water supplies and that commercial farms can use to look for pathogens in cattle, but the company’s first consumer product is a test for caffeine in supposedly decaf coffee and tea. Dip one of its tiny test strips into a fluid sample, and stripes on the strip will change color if the sample contains more caffeine than advertised.


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Caffeine Test Strips Caffeine Test KitsIf you're concerned about caffeine in your diet, help may be on the way in the form of a dipstick-style caffeine test strip. Chemists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say that the product would be the first of its kind, according to a story on FoodNavigator. The test strips would be treated with an antibody, cloned from one found in llama blood, that changes color when it comes in contact with caffeine. The strips wouldn't tell how much caffeine a drink had, only whether or not it was present. The llama blood antibody was apparently chosen because it worked well at high temperatures.

 


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I was home sick recently, and while I lay in bed too weak to change the channel, I endured endless hours of daytime TV. I think it was during an enthusiastic exchange between Kathy Lee and Hoda that I learned about these handy little strips for testing the caffeine levels of your coffee.

According to the marketing propaganda, as many as 30 percent of decaf coffee orders in restaurants aren't exactly decaf. I can believe that. After all, it can be hard to remember whether the orange pot is the one with or without the go-juice.

True confessions time: How many of you have tried to pass off caffeinated coffee as decaf to your guests—either at home or in a restaurant?

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