How Much is Too Much?: Moderating Caffeine in Your Diet

How Much is Too Much?: Moderating Caffeine in Your Diet

How Much is Too Much?: Moderating Caffeine in Your Diet 

We can all use that extra boost to help us get through the day. Many of us reach for a cup of coffee or an energy drink for the pick-me-up that keeps us moving. Have you ever stopped to wonder how much caffeine is too much? It is actually probably more than you think. According to the FDA, adults can consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day without any negative health effects. There are a variety of different beverages that you can incorporate into your routine with varying levels of caffeine so you can find the perfect balance. There have even been studies that have shown positive health benefits from coffee and teas which include antioxidants.Those who consume coffee regularly have been shown to have less risk of dying from disease. 

Of course, everyone has their own reactions to caffeine in their diet so you should find the amount that works best for you. To put your beverages in perspective a 12oz canned soft drink contains 30-40mg of caffeine, 8oz of black or green tea usually contains 30-50mg, and an 8oz cup of coffee contains 80-100mg. Energy drinks can contain 40-250 milligrams of caffeine per 8oz so be sure to check the packaging so you can plan accordingly. Once you know what to look for, it’s easy to feel comfortable choosing the caffeinated beverages that work best for your routine. There are also decaffeinated options available if you want to stay within the recommended limit. We’ve listed some of our favorite options so you can get started living life to the fullest. 

Gold Peak Green Tea

You can’t go wrong with green tea. It’s known to possibly increase fat loss, boost brain performance, and stave off numerous maladies. With a refreshing flavor and relatively low amount of caffeine, you know you’re making a healthy choice. 

Diet Caffeine Free Coke

If you’ve already hit your 4th or 5th coffee of the day or it’s too late in the evening to need a bolt of energy, this soft drink is the perfect option. Zero calories and a significantly reduced amount of caffeine makes it a great choice to have on hand. 

Red Bull Energy Drink

You can’t go wrong with a classic. Sometimes you need that extra boost to get you through the 2pm slump or a late night study session. Red Bull will get you there with that taste you love. 

Starbucks Frappuccino - Vanilla

Enjoy the creamy delicious taste of a Starbucks Frappuccino in the comfort of your own home. Low fat milk is mixed with Starbucks brewed coffee and sweet vanilla flavor. Take your coffee to the next level with this easily transportable bottle. 

Whether you stick with one type of beverage throughout the day or mix it up, rest assured that caffeine is a perfectly healthy addition to your diet when consumed in moderation. Find all your favorites and more at

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