The FDA is out hunting for anything that is bad for us. Last week it was all about mayonnaise, but this week we’re onto caffeine. Most of us like caffeine: we drink it in the morning or at work, if we feel tired, and we swallow it with every energy drink that we like to buy now and then. The only problem is about the concentration. A small concentration of caffeine is always fine, but too much can literally kill you.
And this is why the FDA took interest. Two young, healthy men died because of a caffeine overdose in 2014. And no, there was nothing intentional about it. The drinks that they consumed had a very high concentration, which lead to their demise shortly after. But there is a very important difference in between how many drinks you consume and how much caffeine they actually have.
And if we want to get into specifics, we also need to point at the right culprit: powdered caffeine. What is wrong with it is that it is very powerful, much more powerful that caffeine in original form. How powerful, you might wonder? A tiny spoon of powdered caffeine equals 28 cups of regular coffee.
So you might decide to drink two energy drinks. What could possibly go wrong? You could die, we cannot put it more simply than that. Supposing that one energy drink has a tiny spoon of powdered caffeine, you literally decided to drink 56 cups of coffee today and that will make your heart run wild. We also mention that we are not pointing fingers at energy drinks only, they were just a basic example.
So, if you consume too much caffeine, you might just end up endangering your health unintentionally, simply because you were a little tired during two stressful work hours and you wanted some extra energy intake.
The FDA stepped in and issued warning letters to companies who are suspected of having a higher than average caffeine concentration in their products. Among these companies we see Bridge City Bulk, Hard Eight Nutrition, Purebulk and National Food Supplements.
As usual, the issues resides in how the products are labeled. Powdered caffeine is rather difficult to measure because of its purity. The FDA has declared that the companies have 15 days, after having received the letter, to highlight how they are going to properly measure the caffeine and communicate it to the public.
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