So wait, how much caffeine is okay?

I started drinking coffee when i was in middle school. Since then, I’ve become what I think of as a caffeinated person. My morning cup of coffee prevents a headache, cups two and three help me write in the morning, and cup four is a good cap to my afternoon. Coffee is a big part of my day and I love it. But lately, I’ve been wondering how much daily caffeine is the right amount.

As you’ve probably heard, Panera has faced off several judgments in the last months, with his Loaded lemonade in the center of each one. This lemonade contains almost as much caffeine per serving as is recommended in an entire day, and lawsuits allege that several people have died as a result of consuming it. In turn, Panera has shifted its focus to lemonade, changing their labels and keep it behind the counter, away from their self-serve drinks. (From now onhowever, the restaurant is they still sell it.)

Ever since the Panera lawsuits came out, I’ve found myself questioning my own caffeine consumption. Is my normal routine too much? If I have a work deadline to meet, would it be dangerous to add an extra cup in the afternoon?

Your caffeine intake is probably fine

To get the answers to these questions, I connected with Jennifer Temple, Director of the Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory at the University of Buffalo. Temples’ research includes, among other things, the effect of caffeine on the body.

Whatever you do is probably fine, Temple said after explaining my conundrum. He went on to explain that under normal circumstances, which for most people means slow consumption of about 100mg of caffeine per serving, our bodies have a pretty robust ability to cut us off when we were consuming caffeine. The stimulant is metabolized in about 10 minutes, and when we’ve had too much, our body has numerous ways to let us know.

It varies from individual to individual and can be difficult for people to put into words, Temple said. It’s a combination of nervousness and nausea. You start to feel shaky, your stomach doesn’t feel right. Some people report that their heart starts racing, or they may feel dizzy, have an urge to urinate, they may report feeling a little anxious. It is a combination of cardiovascular symptoms that are linked to a more emotional response.

Almost everything Temple said resonated with me. I know all too well the feeling of making that extra cup of coffee and then, after a few sips, as it starts to metabolize, realizing that it doesn’t make me feel good. At this point I usually stop drinking it, which seems to be true for most people.

Surveys suggest that regular caffeine users essentially rate how much they drink based on how it makes them feel, Temple said. You know when you’ve had too much to drink and you stop drinking.

Some people tolerate caffeine better than others

Studies on the upper limits of caffeine tolerance are limited, Temple said, because it would be unethical to gamble with giving people too much caffeine, since an overdose of caffeine can cause cardiac arrest and death.

For the most part, however, healthy adults can consume around 400 mg of caffeine per day, roughly the equivalent of four cups of home-brewed coffee. Still, Temple said, there are some people who drink more than a day and have no ill effects.

Why drinks like Paneras Charged Lemonade can be dangerous

In the case of highly caffeinated lemonade, like the one involved in the Panera lawsuits, there are a few things that can contribute to problems.

The first is that Paneras Charged Lemonade contains more caffeine than even some energy drinks do. Also, lemonade is a drink that almost no one associates with caffeine. Lemonade is so dissociated from caffeine, in fact, that Temple has used it in studies where he needs a placebo for a caffeine drinker and needs the person drinking it to absolutely believe they are. no drinking caffeine

We use lemonade when trying to remove the expectation, he said. We use it as a neutral drink [in which] no one would ever expect caffeine.

This means that without proper labeling and warnings, it is plausible that customers could consume caffeinated lemonade without realizing it has caffeine, or that they could give it to their child without realizing it has caffeine.

Also, for the most part, people drink coffee slowly, in part because we know that if we down too much caffeine at once, we might feel sick. Coffee is a treat, but it doesn’t necessarily quench your thirst. The lemonade, on the other hand, yes famous refreshing, and I definitely drink lemonade in a different way than I often do coffee, I drink it. If I were to unwittingly drink a bunch of caffeinated lemonade, I might have already consumed too much by the time I found out.

One danger is that because lemonade can be consumed so quickly, you may feel those cues telling you to stop drinking caffeine, but you’ve already had too much, Temple said.

Caffeine overdose is very dangerous, but also very rare

Temple said that caffeine overdose is extremely rare, largely because of the warnings our bodies give us when we were consuming caffeine under normal conditions (relatively slowly and in normal amounts). But when it happens, it affects the heart and can lead to cardiac arrest and death. This is why it is particularly important that when products contain caffeine, especially in high doses, it is made very clear to consumers through labelling.

Unfortunately, Temple says there is no medication to reverse the effects of excess caffeine, such as naloxone can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. As a result, the best tool we have in our toolbox is being mindful consumers. This means drinking caffeine in doses we know we can generally handle, listening to our body when it tells us we’ve had enough, and being aware and cautious when consuming things we don’t normally associate with caffeine, such as lemonade and noodles.

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