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Whole Grains and Your Heart

Charlyn Fargo on

Q and A

Q: Are there health benefits to caffeine?

A: Caffeine does help people feel less tired and can increase energy levels. Additionally, a healthy amount of caffeine may also improve mood and brain function, help boost your metabolism, speed up reaction times and even help with memory. However, too much caffeine can lead to caffeine dependency, anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues and fatigue once it leaves your system. So how much is the right amount? Healthy adults should aim to have no more than 400 mg of caffeine each day. This will reduce the likelihood of negative side effects like jitters, fast heartbeat or muscle tremors.

RECIPE

'Tis the season for farmers markets everywhere. One vegetable you typically can find is fresh green beans. (My mom would sit all of us kids at the big kitchen table and we'd all snap the ends from the day's harvest). Here's a quick weeknight recipe that pairs fresh green beans with chicken. It's from Eating Well's Anti-Inflammation magazine.

LEMON-GARLIC CHICKEN WITH GREEN BEANS

 

Servings: 4

1 pound chicken breast cutlets

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, divided

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