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There’s a downside to too many stimulants in our diet.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Turns out Alert is the perfect name for Wrigley’s Energy Caffeine Gum, which delivers the caffeine equivalent of half a cup of coffee in every piece.
That latest entry among caffeinated product lines aimed largely at the youth market was the final jolt for the Food and Drug Administration, which is taking a closer look at the safety of energy foods — and whether the agency needs to step up its role in regulating ingredients.
Consumers would be mistaken to blithely assume that if a food product is on the shelf, it must be safe. Caffeine is one of thousands of food additives classified as “generally recognized as safe,” leaving manufacturers themselves to determine if it actually is.
People who love their coffee and love their tea would say caffeine is not only safe, but essential. It’s a stimulant that most can enjoy without ill effects.
But today, energy drinks can contain as much as 500 milligrams of caffeine a serving, compared to 71 in a typical 12 ounce soda, and caffeinated snacks like chips and trail mix have been thrown into the mix.
The “Java Jive” generation has given way to a whole new culture. One in which the FDA needs to: figure out how much is too much of a good thing; make sure it is not marketed to children and adolescents; and require clear labeling, so caffeine fiends will know what they’re getting.
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