Caffeine Meters

The science behind what it takes to measure how much caffeine is in a drink baffles me.

Would it be possible to design a device that you could dip in your coffee like a thermometer and pull out to see how much caffeine is in your drink?

So many people are falling all over themselves to tell you how much caffeine is healthy, but there’s no way to tell how much caffeine we’re actually drinking.

Are we expected to trust drink manufacturers and the amount of caffeine they put on the label? Labeling laws are loose in many regards. The caffeine total a company puts on their labels could be a fraction of what’s actually in their products.

We the consumers need to have the option to measure our caffeine intake on our own.

Imagine that you looked at how much caffeine was in your drink only to find out that the real total was lethal. You don’t hear about people dying from drinking caffeinated beverages as much as you might expect; however, you have to consider that it’s difficult to determine how much caffeine is in someone’s system. A person could easily die from drinking too much caffeine and not tell people how much they had consumed. Any individual with a habit will have a hard time admitting how bad their habit has become.

Caffeine is a drug like any other. People can become addicted to it. Those who are addicted have a high level of tolerance. They have to drink more and more to get the same sensation. As with more harmful drugs, a caffeine addict could go way too far thinking they are just getting past the barrier of their tolerance.

People who are undergoing treatment for health problems that medical professionals blame on caffeine consumption should have the option to lower their caffeine levels rather than being forced to abstain from caffeine entirely.

Kicking a problem cold turkey is not recommended regardless of the problem you’re trying to kick. You have to ween yourself off before you get rid of the problem once and for all. This is easier said than done for people who’s problem is measured so imprecisely.

If we want to deem caffeine a serious problem, we need to understand it better. We need to put it through its paces and determine, once and for all, if it’s bad for you or completely harmless.

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