Caffeine is a staple for many athletes and pretty much all early-rising working professionals. In response to the overwhelming “need” for caffeine by so many, companies have now turned caffeine into a powder.
The average person can handle about 300-400 mg of caffeine per day, which equals about 3-4 cups of coffee. According to the FDA, one teaspoon of powdered caffeine is equivalent to 28 cups of coffee. 28 CUPS. Go ahead and let that sink in.
Users of powdered caffeine like it because they can get their fix inexpensively and without the sugars, sweeteners and other additives that come in other products. However, using the substance can turn dangerous. In 2014, two otherwise healthy young men died after using the powerful stimulant. Consuming too much caffeine can lead to a rapid or dangerously erratic heartbeat, seizures or even death, according to the FDA.
The FDA has issued warnings to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine that their products are potentially dangerous. Smartpowders, Purebulk, National Food Supplements, Hard Eight Nutrition and Bridge City Bulk were sent warning letters on August 27, 2015. “The companies have 15 business days from the date of receipt of the letter to communicate to the agency the specific steps they will take to bring their products into compliance with the law,” the FDA said on its website.