How much caffeine is too much?

Do you have to start your day with caffeine? How much caffeine is too much and what is the real impact of consuming more than the daily recommendation?

Most of us start our day with a one, or several cups of coffee (avg. 85 milligrams caffeine per cup).  In fact, as of April 2019, 62% of Americans drank coffee daily.  While others sip green tea (avg. 28 mg) throughout the day, then there are those who supplement with an energy shot (avg. 215 mg) or two.  

But how much caffeine is too much?  The FDA recommends no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, which equals about 4 to 5 cups of coffee daily.

So what is the impact if you have too much caffeine?  A severe caffeine overdose is 1,200 milligrams or more in one day, which equals 5-6 energy shots and more than 12 cups of coffee.  This can cause vomiting, diarrhea, disorientation, seizures or a coma.  Experts agree that energy shots are the most dangerous form of caffeine consumption.  And while too much coffee or tea might make you feel jittery, agitated or make your heart race, overall it is considered relatively safe. 

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