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Given Health Risks, Caffeine Content Labeling Needs To Be Standardized

December 28, 2009: 03:46 AM EST
Caffeine has started appearing in recent years in a wider variety of products. Besides the obvious – coffee, tea, and energy drinks – caffeinated products now include chewing gum and candy bars. But excess caffeine consumption is risky, a U.S. scientist who has studied the problem says. Too much can exaggerate attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and insomnia; increase hypertension, heart rate and stress hormone secretion. It may also hamper blood sugar regulation and harm developing fetuses. Experts argue that, given the health risks involved, the lack of labeling standards for caffeine content needs to be rectified.
Elena Conis, "Labeling standards for caffeine", The Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2009, © The Los Angeles Times
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