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If you're an adult, chances are you've probably had a lowkey caffeine addiction at one point or another. And why shouldn't you? There's a coffee for all seasons nowadays - from a comforting pumpkin spice latte to a refreshing cold frappé.
But could the warming bean juice be doing us more harm than good?
While we know caffeine can cause ultra-high energy levels and side effects such as heart palpitations, should we be limiting how much coffee we consume per day?
In order to get to the bottom of this, Tyla talked all things caffeine consumption with Clinical Lead Dr. Don Grant.
"Millions of people start their morning with a cup of coffee and many enjoy some more brews throughout the day", Dr. Grant explained.
"But there is a recommended limit on the amount of caffeine we should ingest on a daily basis and this dictates how many cups of coffee we should be drinking every day".
"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cites 400mg of caffeine per day as being a safe amount to ingest for healthy adults, which is around four cups according to the NHS. Pregnant women should be having no more than two cups daily", he said.
He added that this also depends on cup size, stating that "we should be having no more than one venti cup of Starbucks coffee a day".
Four regular cups of coffee is what a healthy person should be sticking to. But what happens if we ingest too much caffeine in one day?
"Some of the common consequences of caffeine overdose include insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, digestive problems, fatigue and excessive urination", Dr. Grant explained.
He stated that addiction is also a common side effect of excess caffeine consumption. "Caffeine is a drug. Like all drugs, you can take too much caffeine and overdose on it".
Well, there you have it. In other coffee news, one Costa customer was surprised to find this NSFW detail on her cup!
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