How Much is Too Much? The Ultimate Guide to Caffeine
March 29, 2020
Do you drink beverages containing caffeine every single day? According to scientists at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), caffeine can be part of a healthy diet for most people, but too much caffeine may pose a danger to your health. This can depend on factors such as body weight, medications you may take, and individual sensitivity, "too much" can vary from person to person.
Drinks That Contain Caffeine
These are some of the most common drinks that contain caffeine:
- 12 oz soft drink - 30 to 40 mg of caffeine
- 8 oz green or black tea - 30 to 50 mg of caffeine
- 8 oz black coffee - 80 to 100 mg of caffeine
- 8 oz energy drink - 40 to 250 mg of caffeine
Caffeine can also be found in some foods like chocolate.
Too Much Caffeine Consumption Can Cause:
- Rapid heart rate
- Upset stomach
Is Caffeine Bad For Your Health?
The FDA says for healthy adults about 400 milligrams of caffeine per day is not generally associated with dangerous or negative side effects. However, there is a wide variation in both how sensitive people are to the effects of caffeine and how fast they metabolize it. So, the best thing to do is to limit your caffeine consumption to lower than 400 mg per day.
There are some people that are sensitive to caffeine. They should limit their consumption, especially if it starts having negative side effects on their body. Caffeine can be fine for you but in moderation. Certain conditions make people more sensitive to caffeine. For example, some medications may limit your caffeine consumption. Also, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, the FDA recommends that you ask your healthcare provider about whether you should consume caffeine. It is advised that children do not consume caffeine.
For others, as long as you limit your caffeine consumption then you’ll be alright. The key is to make sure you listen to your body and don’t go overboard.