You should only drink up to 4 cups of coffee a day? Ruh oh.

A report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looks back over the scientific evidence, and arrives at a heartening number regarding caffeine dosage for the general population: 400 mg/day, which is about the equivalent of five shots of espresso, or four 8-oz cups of coffee. “Caffeine intakes from all sources up to 400 mg per day…consumed throughout the day,” write the authors, “do not give rise to safety concerns for healthy adults in the general population, except pregnant women.” This group, the authors say, should stick to 200 mg or less per day, as should breastfeeding mothers. Since coffee up to four cups a day (and in some cases more) has been shown in previous studies to have measureable health benefits in the ways mentioned above, it’s nice to have this amount confirmed by the current study as being “safe” for the general population. [link]

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