If you are tired of all the possibly harmful ingredients in energy drinks and would like to create a healthy version or you are just looking for a quick way to add caffeine to any beverage, liquid caffeine can be what you need. Many people want to know how much caffeine is actually in liquid caffeine and if it is safe to consume. Liquid caffeine contains 500 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per ounce, so it is quite potent. Keep reading as we look into the serving size and potential health risks of liquid caffeine.
What Is Liquid Caffeine?
Liquid caffeine is a commercial product that has 500 mg of caffeine in 1 ounce of liquid. You are not supposed to drink the liquid directly. Instead, you add a serving of it to your favorite drink. You can purchase it in single-serving pouches, but it’s more common to see it in a 16-ounce bottle with a pump top. You can also purchase a 32-ounce bottle, which contains more than 16,000 mg of caffeine. One pump adds about 1 coffee cup’s worth of caffeine to a beverage. It’s fast, convenient, and inexpensive compared to the amount of coffee or energy drinks that it replaces.
How Much Caffeine Is in Liquid Caffeine?
One 16-ounce bottle contains 100 servings at 83 mg per serving, or 8,300 mg per bottle. 8,300 divided by 16 ounces is 518.75 mg per ounce.
How Much Caffeine Is in Other Beverages?
The standard 8-ounce cup of coffee that you brew at home to go along with breakfast has between 95 mg and 140 mg of caffeine. The amount of caffeine is usually a little higher in dark roast coffee. Espresso is even stronger and usually has about 64 mg per ounce. Many energy drinks have about 160 mg of caffeine per can, while 5-Hour Energy contains 200 mg in a 2-ounce serving.
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Is Pure Liquid Caffeine Concentrate Dangerous?
Unfortunately, with liquid caffeine, it’s quite easy to consume much more caffeine than you ordinarily would, so you need to be careful. Most experts recommend limiting your caffeine intake to 400 mg per day. Many people start to experience health issues when consuming more than that, including nervousness, tremors, a fast heartbeat, and frequent urination. Caffeine is a diuretic that can also cause problems with your digestive system if you drink more than the recommended dose. A single ounce, or about three pumps of liquid caffeine, will put you into the danger zone. However, if you use it as recommended, liquid caffeine can be a great way to make a healthier energy drink that doesn’t contain the sugar and other unhealthy ingredients often found in commercial brands.
Liquid caffeine contains a little over 500 mg of caffeine per ounce, which is more than you will find in any coffee beverage or energy drink. However, you are only supposed to add a small amount of the product to your beverage for a quick pick-me-up to help you get through the day. It’s easy to measure, as one pump equals about 1 cup of coffee (83 mg). Several flavors are available, but the unflavored version is easy to add to any beverage, including water, so it’s extremely convenient for creating a healthy drink.
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