From an article in US News and World Report posted November 3, 2008 titled “Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk”
- “Even consuming low amounts of caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk of having a low birth weight baby, new research shows. British researchers studied 2,645 pregnant women, average age 30, with low-risk pregnancies. Their average caffeine intake during pregnancy was 159 milligrams a day, much lower than the 300 mg/day recommended by the U.K.’s Food Standards Agency. Tea was the main source of caffeine (62 percent), followed by coffee (14 percent), cola (12 percent), chocolate (8 percent), and soft drinks (2 percent).
- “Pregnant women should significantly reduce their caffeine consumption before and during pregnancy, the researchers said. The study was published online in the British Medical Journal.”
Over 100 years ago Seventh-day Adventists were warned that coffee and tea, with their caffeine, could seems to provide a number of benefits, but the overall results were very damaging to the body. Here is counsel for the conscientious from The Ministry of Healing, chapter 26 “Stimulants and Narcotics” that is still very helpful today– Continue reading