Good news! Your body can handle more caffeine than you thought. If the only thing holding you back from having another cup of delicious coffee is the caffeine content, this study is for you.
According to a new study from the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal shows that adults can safely consume 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. The study reviewed 15 years of data on adverse effects of caffeine on cardiovascular and bone health, and behavior and development. The study conducted the review on healthy adults, pregnant women, adolescents and children.
The finding for the pregnant group showed that pregnant women can consume less than or equal to 300 milligrams of caffeine per day. Children and adolescents can have less than or equal to 2.5 milligrams per kilograms of body weight per day. This information is news to many in the pregnant community, who are usually told that they should stay away from caffeine almost completely.
If you're among the healthy adult population who just loves your coffee, you probably want to know how much coffee 400 milligrams is. If we're talking about regular drip coffee, we're talking about four 8-ounce cups of coffee per day, according to Delish.
A 2012 study by the FDA, however, had different findings. That study recommended that adults keep their caffeine consumption at or under 300 milligrams (or about three cups of coffee) per day. Either way, coffee is believed to have certain health benefits for those of us who do want to drink it. Some of those benefits include reversing liver damage from alcohol consumption, lowering depression, preventing breast cancer and even helping to protect against type 2 diabetes.
So, whether you like to enjoy three cups of coffee each day or four, you are likely safe in your consumption, and also picking up on some of these important health perks. If you're reading this and thinking "wow, I can only handle one or two cups per day," I'm with you. Four cups of coffee means about 48 straight hours of jitters for me, but to each his own. At least now you know your scientific limit!