The last word we heard on caffeine was that we shouldn’t consume more than 400 milligrams a day. Well, at least that’s what the Food and Drug Administration said, and we guess we can’t really argue with them. However, studies have shown that it might not be so bad to exceed that amount of caffeine in your daily life. This is the part where you furiously rejoice, coffee lovers.
A study recently published in Food and Chemical Toxicology found that nothing bad really happens if you have 400 or more milligrams of caffeine a day.
Researchers analyzed over 700 studies done between 2001 and 2015, all of which surveyed the negative effects that could happen from consuming copious amounts of drinks and foods with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, caffeinated sports bars, chocolate, etc.
They dug in to see whether people suffered from issues such as behavioral problems or bone health, and they investigated levels of acute toxicity from caffeine as well.
All in all, they decided that you can consume 400 milligrams of caffeine in a day and you won’t see any long-term damage done to your body, or your brain, for that matter.
If you’re pregnant, though, you shouldn’t have more than 300 milligrams.
Nevertheless, it’s important to know that these studies weren’t being conducted on what would happen if you consume well over 400 milligrams of caffeine a day. So you may not want to pound back all those extra cups just yet. See how you feel first. If your body feels like it can take more, then go for it. But the second you get the jitters, it might be time to back off.