Say it ain't so, science!
By Leta Shy
There are many benefits to drinking coffee every day — from disease-fighting antioxidants to improved memory and longevity — but when it comes to your caffeine habit, science says there really can be too much of a good thing.
For the average person, the FDA says that up to 400 mg of coffee a day — or about four to five cups of the average brewed coffee (max) — is a moderate amount that isn't harmful for otherwise healthy adults.
They do note, however: "Certain conditions tend to make people more sensitive to caffeine’s effects, as can some medications. In addition, if you’re pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, or are concerned about another condition or medication, we recommend talking to your health care provider about whether you need to limit caffeine consumption."
And once you hit more than the aforementioned five cups, you may experience less-than-desirable side effects.
Drinking more than 500 mg every day, in fact, can induce anxiety, insomnia, and muscle tremors and can even lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure, headaches, or digestion issues.
If you want to stay away from the caffeine jitters, then limiting yourself to under four cups of coffee per day is a perfectly reasonable plan.
However, you may be surprised by how much caffeine is in your favorite caffeinated beverage; it can be much more than you think!
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