Caffeine has become one of the most widely consumed items across the globe, due to what has been termed an ‘addiction’ for many.
Coffee products, energy drinks, candies, gums, and even some sun flower seeds today are packed with the heavily relied upon energy booster that a large number of individuals have grown dependent on for day to day functioning. As reported by TIME online, marketers and product makers have taken the caffeine fascination a few steps further by creating caffeinated products for hygiene such as lotions and soaps.
With the introduction of new caffeine laced products, some have become worried about the health of the public in regards to an overconsumption of the potentially dangerous stimulant. According to a study presented in the journal, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, caffeine intoxication has been experienced by at least 7% of users.
The risks associated with overconsumption have led to a call to action by some of the nation’s leading scientists and public health advocators for the FDA to require improved labeling on products containing caffeine so that consumers are aware of the amount they may be digesting.
Adolescent children are of major concern, who are recommended to not consume any caffeine at all. Market research suggests that more than 126 products available for sale in the U.S. alone contain caffeine.