According to the first guidelines on the matter, four cups of coffee is the maximum a person is recommended to intake in a day
Consuming more than four espressos a day is considered to be harmful to health, the European Union’s food safety agency announced today. The risk is especially high for pregnant women – they should have at most two cups a day – but also for young people.This is the first time when the risks from coffee and caffeine have been evaluated at EU level.
The authority advised that an adult’s daily caffeine consumption should remain below 400 milligrams a day. Settling on a recommended limit was the express demand of the European Commission, who wants to set an Europe-wide level for caffeine consumption.
The European Food Safety Authority has done a scientific research after some countries expressed concerns on the health effects of caffeine especially on the central nervous system and on the heart, as well as possible risks to fetuses.
The review stated that drinking up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day is not responsible for any safety concerns for non-pregnant adults, but it warned that pregnant women should limit their intake at 200 mg in order protect unborn children.
The limit is quite generous, with average daily consumption among European adults, with ages between 18 and 65 years, being ranged from 37 to 319 mg, according to the European agency.
A single espresso cup has approximately 80 mg of caffeine, as much as a can of energy drink. Black tea has no more than 50 mg while a can of cola’s level is of 40 mg.
“Caffeine intakes from all sources up to 400 mg per day consumed throughout the day do not give rise to safety concerns for healthy adults in the general population, except pregnant women,” the report concluded.
Expectant mothers should not go over 200 mg, the agency mentioned, while children should refrain from consuming more than three milligrams per kilogram of body mass.
The report did not just focus on the consumption of lattes and espressos, but also analyzed the consumption of energy drinks which are very popular with the young.
The recommendations of the European Food Safety Authority are similar to those announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has also set 400 mg of caffeine daily as the limit of caffeine intake which is not associated with negative effects.
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