Is it possible I have found the key to overcoming ADD? The secret source of concentration and focus? Maybe I’ll be nominated for a medical breakthrough award!! Who knew all this could happen with a simple Soy Chai Latte from Starbucks! You don’t have to go to Starbucks to get one, almost any coffee shop will make them. For a guy like me who doesn’t drink coffee or consume much caffeine, the Soy Chai Latte in a ‘short’ has 50g of caffeine, a ‘tall’ has 75g and a ‘grande’ has 100g of caffeine!! Wooo-hoooo! Who made up the names for cup sizes at Starbucks by the way? What the heck was wrong with small, medium and large? Anyway, talk about a pick-me-up! Caffeine is a stimulant that is naturally occurring in coffee, tea, cocoa, yogurt and some frozen desserts. It is also an additive in soft drinks, energy drinks, gum, and some waters.
A great deal of research has investigated the possible role of caffeine in ADD/ADHD. Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant drug, which can increase alertness and reduce drowsiness, as noted on Psychcentral.com . No doubt a little caffeine helps me out and seems as I don’t even like coffee, the discovery of the Soy Chai Latte has been great. However, when it comes to younger people and kids with ADD/ADHD consuming ccaffeine, an immature neurological systems inability to tolerate it can have serious effects. Excessive caffeine use damages the attention capacity that children need to cooperate in play, family and school environments. With all that noted, caffeine and the Soy Chai Latte may be a fun little boost that could help your focus and concentration. Please keep in mind that caffeine may not be right for you either. Be careful.