Dr Oz: Caffeinated Food Product
As part of his Food Truth series, Dr Oz wanted to take a closer look at caffeinated foods. These days, everything seems to be popping up with added caffeine, to the point that worldwide, we spend $29 billion a year on energy-boosting foods. The FDA says that up to 400 mg of caffeine, about four cups of coffee, a day is safe. But could these new food products put you at risk of overdosing on caffeine? Senator Charles Schumer warned about the danger of children eating caffeinated peanut butter, saying “The FDA should take immediate action and investigate whether this caffeinated food product should be pulled from shelves.”
Dr Oz welcomed a self-professed coffee addict, which is why Dr Oz wanted to her to follow him as he looked at some popular caffeinated food products. First, they make caffeinated jelly beans that have the same amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee in just one little bag of them. They also make caffeinated peanut butter, but one serving of it is equal to the caffeine in two cups of coffee. There’s also a pack of caffeinated gum that is equal to five cups of coffee. Finally, in just a pint of ice cream, there could be as much caffeine as six cups of coffee.
Dr Oz: Too Much Caffeine
When you take in too much caffeine, it can cause headaches, anxiety, irregular heart beats, and even heart attacks. There were 20,000 visits to the E.R. related to caffeine, in a recent study. If you’re drinking coffee and then consuming those food products on top of it, you could be putting yourself at risk. Sometimes you have to look deep within the ingredients list to see if there’s even caffeine in the product you’re buying, so always be sure to look.