Why is the FDA Worried About Your Daily Caffeine?
Caffeine was once a stimulant found only in simple cups of coffee or black tea, and once the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved use for a single food in the 1950s, cola was added to that list. Now, sixty-years later, a bizarre range of caffeinated products occupy grocery-store shelves — from Wrigley’s Alert Energy Gum to Wired Waffles to an espresso bean candy called Crackheads — and the FDA has become a little worried about the effects of all this caffeine on the health of America.
The agency is considering placing limits on just how much caffeine manufacturers can stick in their food products, restricting what foods can be infused with the substance, and requiring mandatory labels warning that these highly caffeinated products are not intended for children.
Already for NCAA athletes, too much caffeine is considered a performance-enhancing drug, and science has detailed quite a list of the disturbing side effects of the drug: restlessness, mood swings, and dehydration. It can even contribute to heart problems such as mild arrhythmia…