How Much Coffee Is Too Much?
Alright coffee lovers, it has all crossed our minds; how much coffee is too much coffee? Should I stick to a limited amount of caffeine a day? What are the side effects of too much caffeine?
Oh, the things that swim through our minds when we're hopped up on caffeine. We're here to shed a little light on these topics and help put your minds at ease.
Personally, Edwin and I stick to drinking around 8 to 9 cups of Joe a day... Just kidding! I know we're the brand for coffee lovers and all, but we usually keep it to a generous helping of 3 to 4 cups.
Let's start with the basics. How much caffeine is in a single serving of coffee? According to healthline.com caffeine levels can range from 50mg, with your simple home brew but up to 300mg, if you're ordering a 16oz grande at Starbucks every morning. However, on average it is safe to say, your mug contains around 100mg of caffeine.
Can you overdose on caffeine? The short answer, yes. What?! Wait..hold up! Let us clarify! You'll be happy to hear, drinking coffee alone is completely safe and you cannot overdose from this at all. Caffeine overdoses are likely to occur only when taking it as dietary supplements or caffeine tablets. A teaspoon of powdered caffeine can be equivalent to 28 cups of coffee!
So what are the symptoms of a caffeine overdose?
- very fast or irregular heartbeat
- feeling sick or vomiting
- panic attack
With all this crazy talk about caffeine, what is the actual safe number of cups you can consume a day? Well, U.S. government dietary guidelines suggest adults may consume up to 400 mg of caffeine a day as part of their diet. This quantity is equivalent to around 3 to 5 - 8oz cups of coffee.
However, rumor has is that the world record for most coffee consumed is 82 cups of coffee in 7 hours. And if you're trying to dream big like this, then we salute you!
Keep it at 3 to 5 cups a day and no, you cannot over dose on coffee alone!