FDA: How to tell if you consume too much caffeine

Agency says 4 to 5 cups a day not harmful
FDA: How to tell if you consume too much caffeine

If you have a cup of coffee or tea to start off your morning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says this can be a healthy part of any diet. But what if you have three, four, five cups throughout the day?

FDA officials say this depends on your body weight, medications you take and individual sensitivity. For a healthy adult, scientists say 400 milligrams per day, which is about four or five cups of coffee, is an amount that is not associated with negative health effects.

“For reference, a 12 ounce can of a caffeinated soft drink typically contains 30 to 40 milligrams of caffeine, an 8-ounce cup of green or black tea 30-50 milligrams, and an 8-ounce cup of coffee closer to 80 to 100 milligrams. Caffeine in energy drinks can range from 40-250 mg per 8 fluid ounces,” according to the FDA website.

However, the FDA says there are symptoms that occur when you’ve had too much caffeine. Some include:

anxiousness
headache
nausea
increased heart rate
jitters

They also say that over-consumption of caffeine can cause significant health complications and even death. For example, 1,200 mg of caffeine can cause seizures if ingested quickly.

According to the FDA’s website, the human body can take between four and six hours to process half of the caffeine ingested. So if you drink something caffeinated at dinner, you may have trouble sleeping.

For those looking to cut back on caffeine, there are solutions. Officials suggest cutting back gradually, instead of going cold-turkey, which can cause headaches, anxiety or nervousness. The FDA says that while caffeine withdrawal ican be unpleasant, it is not dangerous to your health.

For more information, visit the FDA’s wesbite by clicking here.

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