Jittery! Jolted! Bouncin’ off the Walls!
Sound familiar? If you’re anything like me you love getting your morning caffeine fix, even if it makes you feel a little…loopy. But c’mon, jittery vibes aside coffee is liquefied happiness in a cup (at least that’s what I tell myself). However, after consuming my third cup the other day before noon, and following that up with several shots of Red Bull around 2pm, I began to wonder what the implications of caffeine are. The question on my mind: Exactly how much caffeine is considered too much?
Caffeine Informer, an all-encompassing website for everything caffeine, sets the sweet spot at 300-400mg, “for healthy adults with no medical history.” Which begs the next question, how much caffeine is in the beverages I consume? I decided to break it down. In the graphic below you’ll find the more popular caffeine-inducing beverages, including an assortment of coffees, sodas, and energy drinks.
You know what they say, right? “Knowledge is power,” and “knowing is half the battle.” Hopefully the image above supplies you with some helpful information when it comes to caffeine. Furthermore, If you’d like more information on the safety limitations of caffeine, including figures/stats for children and/or anyone in the age bracket of 13-18, I encourage you to visit Caffeine Informer’s handy breakdown article: here. It even has information for pregnant women, and the risks associated with caffeine consumption during pregnancy.
Lastly, because who doesn’t like stats, here are some crazy facts about caffeine consumption, and the risks associated with the drug.
- 40 Seagulls died from caffeine overdose in Canada after eating used coffee grinds found in a landfill/dump.
- It would take roughly 149 cans of Red Bull, in one sitting, to actually kill an adult male from overexposure of caffeine–though in all honesty you’d throw up before that ever happened.
- The FDA is investigating 5 deaths, one heart attack, linked to Monster Energy Drink.