November 14, 2018
Safety Alert: Avoid Powdered Pure Caffeine
Wellness Tip

Safety Alert: Avoid Powdered Pure Caffeine

by Berkeley Wellness  

Avoid powdered pure caffeine, commonly sold in bulk over the Internet. The FDA issued this warning in July 2014 after a teenager who ingested the powder died.

Just one teaspoon has as much caffeine as about 25 cups of coffee (3,000 milligrams), according to the FDA.

Though the recommended dose on labels is far less—1/16 to 1/64 teaspoon—it is impossible to accurately measure such tiny amounts with common household tools (you’d need a precise scale) and thus it’s easy to get an overdose. Excess caffeine can cause vomiting, diarrhea, disorientation, rapid or erratic heartbeat, and seizures. Children, teens, and pregnant women should especially steer clear of pure caffeine powders.