Transcript for FDA Warns About Dangers of Caffeine Powder
Now to the important medical alert. The fda warning about the dangers of caffeine powder. After an Ohio teenager died just days before his high school graduation. Richard Besser is back with much more on this. Everyone was heartbroken. Being around all this caffeine, you can smell it. I hope people pay attention to it. We have a cavalier attitude towards caffeine. We drink things with caffeine, and low levels, it's safe, makes us more alert. And concentrated levels, it can be dangerous. An overdose. You can od on caffeine. Yes. According to the fda, one teaspoon is the same as 25 cups of coffee. How can they sell it? A dose has to be an eye dropper? It's legal, the fda treats it like a food. At this level, it's toxic, if you take a teaspoon, you can get disoriented, seizures, and irregular heart beats, and you can die. It's perfectly legal, but doesn't mean it's safe. That's the question, why not regulate it? Congress said hands off of vitamins and supplements. It's legal. The fda is studying this because energy drinks, which children should not be drinking, are loaded with caffeine. Are people taking this -- I remember in college, no doz, and things. Caffeine with your work out, maybe more energy, but no doz is not near that. "Pop news" and weather coming up, but how about the morning
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