Dr. Rick Kingston provided comments at the Institute of Medicine’s Workshop on Potential Health Hazards Associated with Consumption of Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements. The two day workshop took place on August 5-6 in Washington DC and featured comments and presentations from various experts in the industry.
Topics and discussions included:
- Evaluating the epidemiological, toxicological, clinical, and other relevant literature to identify and describe the important health hazards associated with caffeine and potential data gaps;
- Delineating particular populations who may be at risk from caffeine exposure, taking into account interactive effects from other ingredients in “energy products” and pre-existing medical conditions such as cardiovascular diseases;
- Describing the risk for cardiovascular or other serious important health hazards for vulnerable populations, from exposure to caffeine-containing dietary supplements and conventional foods;
- Identifying data gaps with regard to stimulant effects such as, but not limited to, caffeine on the cardiovascular system and the central nervous system; and
- Exploring a safe level of exposure to caffeine for general and particular populations
Dr. Kingston’s comments can be downloaded here: