Caffeine — Too much

From BBC News:

US officials are investigating the safety of caffeine in snacks and energy drinks, worried about the “cumulative impact” of the stimulant – which is added to a growing number of products. Is our tea and coffee-fuelled society too dependent on the world’s favourite drug?

The bubbling kettle, the aroma from the mug, the first bitter mouthful of the morning.

It’s a ritual without which the working day would be, for millions of people, frankly horrifying.

Caffeine is, according to New Scientist, the planet’s most popular “psychoactive drug.” In the United States alone, more than 90% of adults are estimated to use it every day.

But now even the US – home of Coca-Cola, Starbucks and the 5-Hour Energy shot – is questioning the wisdom of adding it to everyday foodstuffs like waffles, sunflower seeds, trail mix and jelly beans.

In a statement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) highlighted the “unfortunate example” of Wrigley chewing gum producing packs of eight sticks which each contained as much caffeine as half a cup of coffee. Subsequently, Wrigley said it would “pause” production of the product.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://www.beingfilled.com/ Chuck McKnight

    We Westerners need to learn the art of moderation.

  • RobS

    I hope they label this stuff clearly to say it has caffeine. Some of us may wish to clearly avoid it for personal health reasons and we don’t need them lacing caffeine into everything we want to eat.

  • Phil Miller
  • Lawrence LaPointe

    wisdom of adding it to everyday foodstuffs like waffles,

    I already pour coffee over my pancakes.


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