5 espressos a day could damage your health

Consuming more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day could be damaging to your health, European food safety experts claim.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said single doses of up to 200mg of caffeine from a range of sources — such as tea, coffee, chocolate and energy drinks — should be a safe level for most healthy adults.

This is about 3mg per kilogram of body weight from different sources of food and drink, according to an EFSA panel which took a scientific look at the safety of caffeine on the request of the European Commission.

A 60ml espresso provides around 80mg of caffeine while a 200ml cup of filter coffee has around 90mg, according to the EFSA. There is around 80mg of caffeine in a 250ml standard can of “energy drink”, 40mg in a 355ml can of cola, 25mg in a 50g bar of plain chocolate and 10mg in a 50g bar of milk chocolate.

The EFSA said that up to 400mg a day from various food and drink should have no health consequences for healthy adults. Around a third of people in Denmark, 17% in the Netherlands and 14% in Germany consume more than 400mg .

Safe limits for children and young adolescents should also be lower than that of adults, the EFSA suggested.

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Wesley O’ Regan is the General Manager of Popscene in Voodoo Rooms, Cork city. Popscene opened last November and is Cork’s only themed bar that is dedicated to celebrating the best of the 80s and 90s. https://www.facebook.com/PopsceneCork/You've Been Served: Wesley O'Regan, Popscene

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