ICMR's Caffeine Caution - New Guidelines for Tea and Coffee Drinkers

ICMR's Caffeine Caution - New Guidelines for Tea and Coffee Drinkers

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued new guidelines advising tea and coffee drinkers to be cautious. In collaboration with the National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR's 17 fresh guidelines aim to foster healthier eating habits. The key concern is excessive caffeine intake, as high consumption can lead to health risks like physiological dependence and iron deficiency. A 150ml cup of brewed coffee contains 80-120 mg of caffeine, while tea has about 30-65 mg. The recommended daily caffeine limit is 300 mg. Additionally, it's advised to avoid tea or coffee at least an hour before and after meals due to tannins, which inhibit iron absorption. However, tea without milk can improve blood circulation and reduce the risk of certain diseases. Besides caffeine moderation, the guidelines promote a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, with limited oil, sugar, and salt.

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