Thursday, July 24, 2014

Powdered Caffeine

The FDA has recently announced that they are expecting to put a regulation policy on the sales and consumption of powdered caffeine. This comes after an Ohio teenager was found dead from the over consumption of the product that he bought at a health and fitness store.

For those who are unfamiliar with powdered caffeine, it is exactly what it sounds like. It's an odorless and tasteless powder meant to be mixed to anything to give an extra pep to your step. It's becoming popular among younger generations.

For example, college students have been linked to using it to stay up longer for studying. Many people take it before a workout for an added boost, and it is becoming increasingly popular among party-goers to help combat the depressant of alcohol use.

For $10, you can order 100,000 milligrams of powdered caffeine off the internet. To put this into perspective, that is the equivalent of drinking 1,000 energy drinks. In a smaller version, 3 grams - or about a teaspoon - would be like drinking 50 cups of coffee in one sitting. This article isn't meant to strike fear into the hearts of others, but to show that food and drug capabilities are changing dramatically... something that we do not consider dangerous can actually kill you with only a teaspoon worth.

So the next time you grab that soda or that energy drink to give you that little extra kick to get you moving, may this serve as a reminder to you about the dangers of over consumption and how many blind eyes get turned on something that we drink regularly without a second thought. Who knows, maybe this will be the spark to healthier eating and a more food-conscious society.

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