After the death of an 18-year-old teenager in Ohio, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about the dangers of pure powdered caffeine. The FDA is especially concerned about powdered caffeine sold in bulk bags over the Internet.
A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee.
Pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose. Parents should be aware that teens and young adults may be interested in pure caffeine due to its stimulant effects, the FDA said.