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Can Your Caffeine Fix Kill You? FDA Warns Of Dangers

It’s often the first part of your day: waking up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee; or stopping at your local Tim Horton’s to grab a cuppa joe. Sometime’s it’s even a pick-me up late afternoon, possibly with a highly-caffeinated energy drink or pop. But can caffeine consumption kill you? It depends on the form.

The FDA is warning five caffeine distrubutors that their product is potentially dangerous. The warning goes out to powdered caffeine producers following the deaths of two healthy young men in 2014.

The warning letters issued by the FDA were distributed to Smartpowders, Purebulk, National Food Supplements, Hard Eight Nutrition, and Bridge City Bulk due to a concern with how the products are being labelled and marketed.

Powdered caffeine appears beneficial to caffeine users and addicts. This is because its a cheaper alternative to our regular caffeine sources, and it also comes without the added sugars and sweeteners.

However, powdered caffeine is extremely potent and that’s what brings the danger. A teaspoon of powdered caffeine is equivalent to about 28 cups of coffee! That’s right, cups. I’m not sure about you, but it would take me about 3 weeks to reach 28 cups of coffee in my diet.

By consuming too much caffeine, the result may be an eratic heartbeat, seizures, and in some cases, death. These facts comes from the FDA.

The FDA posted a statement on its website, stating “the companies have 15 business days from the date of receipt of the letter to communicate to the agency the specific steps they will take to bring their products into compliance with the law.”

Next time you think about adding some powdered caffeine to your diet for a fast pickme up, think twice.

About Laura McHugh

Laura McHugh
Laura has a Master of Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Brock University, both in Communications. She is an avid writer with experience contributing to golf course blogs. Her writing is thought provoking with a unique and personal voice. Her writing is always easy & fun to read as she delivers nothing but hard hitting facts. Outside of writing, her hobbies include reading, cycling, and playing softball. Contact Laura: