Just How Much Coffee Is Too Much?

There are many benefits to drinking coffee every day ¡ª from disease-fighting antioxidants to improved memory and longevity ¡ª?but when it comes to your caffeine habit| there really can be too much of a good thing.

Just how much caffeine is too much? For the average person| up to 300 mg of coffee a day| or two to four cups of the average brewed coffee| is a moderate amount that isn’t harmful. But once you hit more than four cups| you may experience less-than-desirable side effects. Drinking more than 500 mg every day| in fact| can induce anxiety| insomnia| and muscle tremors and can even lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure| headaches| or digestion issues.

If you want to stay away from the caffeine jitters| then limiting yourself to under four cups of coffee per day is a perfectly reasonable plan. However| you may be surprised by how much caffeine is in your favorite caffeinated beverage; it can be much more than you think! See how much caffeine is in your favorite drink.

Drink Amount of caffeine

Average 8-ounce cup of coffee95 mg8-ounce Short Starbucks coffee180 mg12-ounce Tall Starbucks coffee260 mg16-ounce Grande Starbucks coffee330 mg20-ounce Venti Starbucks coffee415 mg10-ounce small Dunkin’ Donuts coffee105 mg14-ounce medium Dunkin’ Donuts coffee178 mg20-ounce large Dunkin’ Donuts coffee with Turbo Shot436 mg16-ounce large McDonald’s coffee133 mgAverage 1-ounce espresso shot64 mg1-ounce Starbucks espresso shot75 mgAverage teaspoon of instant coffee31 mgAverage 8-ounce cup of black tea26 mgAverage 6-ounce cup of green tea20-30 mg

Use this chart as a guide to see how much caffeine you’re really consuming every day. Even if you enjoy two eight-ounce cups at Starbucks| for example| that’s 360 mg of caffeine ¡ª 60 mg over the recommended limit. Also| remember that even though espresso-based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos contain less caffeine than brewed coffee| many drinks are made with at least two espresso shots| not one.

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