What's All The Buzz
Posted: February 1, 2011
HEALTH AUTHORITY Arlene Jorgenson www.healthservsask.com
February 1, 2011
WHAT’S ALL THE BUZZ?
I completed a Fit for Work medical on a young man this week in my occupational health clinic and almost didn’t pass him. He was acting ‘under the influence’ and performed the neurological testing like a drunken person. But he swore the only thing he consumed was 6 cups of coffee and 2 Red Bull as he left home 3 hours ago driving over terrible road conditions for his appointment. His drug test was clean. After further conversation, I believed him. All those drinks were the culprits. He was totally buzzed on caffeine!
There is a lot in the news warning about the caffeine content of energy drinks. So how much caffeine do all these drinks contain and where does my favourite java stack up?
CAFFEINE CONTENT IN MILLIGRAMS…
Coffee (per 8 oz cup)
Brewed 95 – 200 Filter drip 180
Decaff 12 Instant 30 – 170
Espresso (1 oz) 30 -90 Latte 70
Tea (per 8 oz cup)
Black regular 40 – 120 Green 30
Pop & Energy Drinks (per 12 oz can)
Cola 50 Diet Cola 50
Energy drink 30 – 300
Over the Counter Drugs
Wake up tablets 100 – 300 Weight loss pills up to 200
Chocolate and Cocoa
Milk chocolate 1 oz 7 Dark chocolate 1 oz 20
White chocolate 1 oz 0 Hot cocoa one pouch 5
Chocolate cake 1 slice 36
Health Canada recommends that most adults consume no more than 400 mgs of caffeine in one day (300 mg if you’re a woman of childbearing age). Growing kids 18 and under should consume only a fraction of the adult dose – no more than 1.1 milligrams per pound of body weight each day. That would work out to 110 mg for a 100-pound youth per day (1 cup of tea or 1/2 cup of coffee topped up with milk).
Article adapted from Canadian Living January 2011.