After an Ohio teenager died due to overuse of caffeine powder, the FDA has announced that it will be widely investigating caffeine powders and will be considering regulating them.
Caffeine powder is nearly 100% caffeine and is highly concentrated, where one teaspoon has nearly the same amount of caffeine as 25 cups of coffee. The recommended serving size for most caffeine powders is between 1/16th of a teaspoon and 1/32nd of a teaspoon.
FDA spokeswoman, Jennifer Dooren, said, “the difference between a safe amount and a lethal dose of caffeine in these powdered products is very small.”
Teenagers add doses of caffeine powder to their drinks for a pre-workout pick-me-up or as a means to control appetite. However, the opportunity for overdose is too high and the risks must be assessed by the FDA.
The Ohio student that died from a caffeine overdose had nearly 20 times the amount of caffeine in his bloodstream as a typical caffeine or soda drinker. Too much caffeine can cause:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Erratic heartbeat
With the FDA stepping in to possibly regulate this product, the hope is that teenagers will not have access to something so potent so easily.
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