Studies have shown that caffeine benefits athletic performance, we know it’s helpful for mental sharpness, but there is a concern when consuming too much caffeine.
If your drinking over six cups of coffee or energy drinks then you may, and most likely many people will feel symptoms like nervousness, anxiety, not being able to sleep, high blood presser, and tummy-ache.
These symptoms are not uncommon at levels of 300mg. But how do you know how much caffeine is too much caffeine? Caffeine content is all over the place, on top of that, manufacturers do not even have to label the amount of caffeine in their products, only that it is present, and only if that present amount was added and not naturally there to begin with.
Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two “energy shot” drinks. Althoughcaffeine use may be safe for adults, it’s not a good idea for children. – mayoclinic.com
It can be a real battle if you don’t know the amount of caffeine in various items. Did you know you can find caffeine in gum, in mints, and even candy. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans has some great tasting Sport Beans. A one-ounce bag contains about 50mg of caffeine. One piece of Jolt Gum also has around 50-60mg.
A 1.3oz bag of CrackHeads2 (chocolate covered expresso beans) contains 600mg, according to their website, the same caffeine of approximately 6 cups of coffee, seven and a half Red Bulls, or eleven cans of Mountain Dew! Their regular box contains only 200mg. Different teas and coffees vary in their caffeine content, black tea has more caffeine than green tea, some energy drinks are way more caffeinated than others.
My main concern is that nowadays, it’s so easy now to consume large amounts of caffeine above 300mg and not even be aware of it. Someone could drink a cup of coffee in the morning, have an energy drink a little later, chew a piece of jolt gum, have a little box of crack heads, and before they know it there is no need to eat real food because they feel like they have plenty of energy.
Many times, some of the different energy drinks are even enhanced with herbals like Ginseng and Guarana that have caffeine-like effects.
Consuming too much caffeine is clearly linked to symptoms like increased heart rate, elevated blood presser, panic attacks, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, even muscle tremors. These symptoms can happen at any age.
My main point here is to just be aware of the various drinks and candy you and your children are eating. Particularly if you notice any of the symptoms above.
It may be a bit hard to know because of the labels but if the caffeine was added it has to say that it’s there, perhaps not how much, but you can always check out the manufacturer’s websites. Most of the time they will have the information about their products caffeine content.