How Much Caffeine Is Too Much Caffeine (cont.)

Medical Reviewer:

"You may need to be extra careful about caffeine if you have a heart condition, high blood pressure, or acid reflux disease," says Jeffers. At high enough doses, caffeine can be deadly for anyone. A lethal dose is about 10 grams, which would be about 100 cups of coffee.

"It's all about moderation. If you don't overdo it, caffeine can have some benefits. But I wouldn't recommend that you start a caffeine habit for the benefits. Remember that most of the health benefits from drinking coffee will also come from drinking decaf," says Jeffers.

Author: Chris Iliades, MD

REFERENCES:

Harvard Health Publications: "What is it about coffee?"

Sotiria Everett, EdD, RD, CDN, Hospital for Special Surgery.

Laura Jeffers, RD, LD, Cleveland Clinic.

United States Food and Drug Administration: "New caffeine report shown no measurable change in consumption trends of U.S. population."

United States Food and Drug Administration: "Medicines in My Home: Caffeine and Your Body."

Center for Science in the Public Interest: "Caffeine Content of Food & Drugs."


Last Editorial Review: 8/26/2013 7:36:25 PM