Do you drink a cup of coffee or tea to wake you up in the morning? Do you follow it up with a caffeinated beverage or two and then drink several more cups of coffee throughout the day?
Does it matter?
According to scientists at the FDA, caffeine can be part of a healthy diet for most people, but too much caffeine may pose a danger to your health. It also has some unpleasant side effects such as Headache, Insomnia and Nervousness. Too much caffeine is also known to trigger anxiety.
But How much is too much?
Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day is typical for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of 4 cups of brewed coffee, ten cans of cola and two “energy shot” drinks. Keep in mind that coffee contains caffeine, but caffeine content in beverages also varies widely, especially among energy drinks.
Caffeine in powder or liquid form could provide toxic levels of caffeine. A teaspoon of powder caffeine is equivalent to about 28 cups of coffee, which could cause some severe diseases.
Not only adults, adolescents and young adults need to be careful of the amount of absorption you take for caffeine per day. For kids and teens, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests caution. Adolescents ages 12 to 18 should cap daily caffeine intake at 100 mg (the equivalent of about one cup of coffee, one to two cups of tea, or two to three cans of soda). For children under 12, there’s no designated safe threshold.
All in all, 400mg of caffeine per day would be safe for healthy adults and 100mg of caffeine for adolescents ages 12-18. Although “too much” may vary from person to person, be mindful of caffeine’s possible side effects and be ready to cut back if necessary.