America is Dangerously Obsessed with Caffeine

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EnergyFiend.com highlights a proliferation of caffeinated products with alarming levels of caffeine.

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As caffeine levels continue to climb, so do reports of dangerous caffeine overdose.

As caffeine levels in drinks continue to climb, so do reports of dangerous caffeine overdose. Caffeine is appearing not only in energy drinks, but also in snacks, candy, and more recently chewing gum.

After tracking caffeine levels for the past 8 years, website EnergyFiend.com shows the number of caffeinated products in the marketplace continues to grow. Even as the FDA looks at tightening the regulatory framework, the industry does not appear to be slowing down.

According to EnergyFiend.com editor Ted Kallmyer:

“We’re now tracking over 1,000 items, and among those are some products with very high levels of caffeine. They are clearly targeted to the teen market.”

Some products have more than 300mg caffeine, as this list of the highest caffeinated energy drinks shows.

1. Rage Inferno- 375mg/bottle
2. Spike Shotgun- 350mg/can
3. Wired X344- 344mg/can
4. Knockout Energy Drink- 320mg/can
5. Redline Extreme Lime RTD- 316mg/bottle
6. Speed Stack Pumped- 300mg/bottle
7. Spike Shooter- 300mg/bottle
8. Viso Vigor- 300mg/bottle
9. Redline Grape RTD- 250mg/bottle
10. Redline Princess 250mg/bottle

Many consumers remain ignorant of how much caffeine there is in popular drinks. For example, a 16 fluid ounce coffee from Starbucks can contain around 330mg of caffeine while the same size coffee from McCafe only has 145mg - less than half that of Starbucks.

Consuming too much caffeine can have dangerous consequences for some people as made evident by recent reports of deaths believed to be the result of too much caffeine at one time. Now more than ever, consumers need to know the caffeine content of what they are drinking, and in what their children are consuming. Children can especially be at risk since undiagnosed medical conditions can exacerbate the stimulating effects of caffeine.

Ted Kallmyer adds:

“Caffeine is a drug and just like all OTC substances, it has to be respected and understood. From the financial costs of being addicted to energy drinks or Starbucks to the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that can result from not getting a daily dose, it is wise to be educated about how caffeine interacts with the human body and the ramifications of ingesting too much.”

America’s demand for caffeine does not seem to be easing. Now, more than ever awareness needs to be raised concerning the amount of caffeine in products and the consequences of consuming too much.

About Energy Fiend

Energyfiend.com has been tracking the caffeine amounts of all kinds of products since 2005 and documents the latest research regarding the health impacts of caffeine.

If you require more information, please contact Ted Kallmyer at (858) 633-3594 or by visiting the website at http://www.energyfiend.com.

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