4 must-know facts about caffeine

Are you or your child unknowingly high on caffeine?

Caffeine occurs naturally in coffee, tea leaves and cocoa beans. Other than these, caffeine can also be found (or hidden) in food products such as chocolate, beverages and medication like Panadol extra. Even decaffeinated coffee is not ‘free’ from caffeine! Health Promotion Board (HPB) has suggested that consuming too much caffeine may result in experiencing side effects such as heightened anxiety & disruption of sleep patterns amongst other health problems commonly associated with consumption of caffeinated drinks.

What is the safe recommended intake level for caffeine and how much caffeine is in our food and drink? It is worthwhile to note that HPB is encouraging caffeine intake to be kept to a minimum for children and that no definitive safe recommended intake level has been prescribed.

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