What is “Caffeine Awareness Month”?
According to “Days of the Year”:
Caffeine Awareness Month is a great time to get the low down on exactly how much caffeine you are consuming in a day and if that is having any harmful effects on your body.– Caffeine Awareness Month, DaysOfTheYear.com
Who’s the genius behind “Caffeine Con”?
Danielle Robertson Rath is the founder of “Caffeine Con” and of GreenEyedGuide Research and Consulting. She’s the leading authority on the science behind caffeine and energy drinks. The best-selling author of How to Get Sh*t Done When You Feel Like Sh*t. And the host of the Caffeine at Midnight podcast.
Danielle first organized Caffeine Con in 2020 as a way to celebrate all forms of caffeine and to help caffeine lovers consume caffeine safely.
Here are GreenEyedGuide’s 3 Guidelines for Caffeine Awareness Month:
ONE – Know how much caffeine you can have in 1 day
Health adults should not have more than 400 mg caffeine per day. This is according to the US FDA, Health Canada, and the EFSA, who all reviewed research on caffeine intake and health outcomes.
In short, 400 mg is the tipping point where the side-effects of caffeine start outweighing the benefits.
TWO – Know how much caffeine is in your food or drink before you open it.
Many energy drinks have the “Total Caffeine From All Sources” on the label. Many coffees and teas don’t mention the caffeine content on the label. In general, one cup of coffee has ~100 mg caffeine, though the amount varies by beans and brewing method. One cup of tea has ~45 mg caffeine.
THREE – Know the signs you’ve had too much caffeine.
Side-effects of too much caffeine include:
- jitters, anxiety, trouble concentrating
- trouble sleeping
- headache, dizziness
- racing heart
- elevated blood pressure
- nausea, upset stomach
Take Caffeine Awareness to the Next Level
To help you improve your own Caffeine Awareness, explore the tools at Caffeine Informer, home of the largest database of caffeine content in food, drinks, medication, and more.
And to learn more about the science behind energy drinks, explore the GreenEyedGuide blog:
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