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Coffee and energy drinks: The maximum doses allowed

Just a few days ago (28 May 2015), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has publicized a new report on the appropriate doses of coffee and caffeine consumption. In fact, and beyond certain daily quantities, the EFSA announces that exceeding such limits could lead to the development of cardiovascular diseases, nervous system problems as well as health risks to the fetus.

According to the EFSA, “although drinking coffee can be good for our health, consuming four or more cups of espresso per day or too much caffeine-based energy drinks can be harmful, especially for pregnant women and people aged under 18”. The EFSA took also the occasion to set a limit on the consumption of the rest of the population. Therefore, we must be careful with any possible overconsumption of such substances. As such, the essential message which we must retain is that we should not drink coffee and energy drinks incessantly. Rather, we must limit our daily consumption. For example, the EFSA recommends that pregnant women do not drink more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day, that is a maximum of 2 espresso cups for instance, so that to avoid any risk of fetal growth retardation. As for people aged under 18 and who are the prominent consumers of energy drinks and sodas, their daily dose should not exceed 3 milligrams per kilogram. Finally, the EFSA also recommends that the rest of the population does not consume more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day (around 4 cups of coffee) or more than 200 milligrams of caffeine in one shot (single dose) during any period not exceeding 2 hours.

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