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    QUEENSLANDERS are being served dangerously strong

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    QUEENSLANDERS are being served dangerously strong coffee that can harm pregnant women and people with heart conditions.
    The caffeine level in coffee prepared by some cafes in southeast Queensland is so strong that a person drinking two short blacks will be over safety limits set by world health experts.
    The results of the first major independent Australian study of caffeine levels have stunned nutritionist Ben Desbrow from the Heart Foundation Research Centre at the Griffith Gold Coast University.
    Mr Desbrow and Michael Leveritt, from the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland, obtained samples of short black coffees from five major retail centres and an educational campus, which they weighed and froze for analysis.
    Results showed a range from about 40mg of caffeine per serve to more than 200mg, with franchised shops providing coffees that had a consistent high level of caffeine.
    "Of some public health concern is the number of heavily caffeinated samples. Twenty-six samples contained 120mg or higher and 13 samples – 13.1 per cent – exceeded 167mg per serve," the researchers warned. Britains Food Standards Agency recommends pregnant women not have more than 300mg of caffeine a day because the drug has been linked to low birth weight and miscarriages.
    "If you have more than two coffees a day from some outlets in southeast Queensland it will put you over that limit," Mr Desbrow said. "The results are a bit of a shock to me. Its higher than amounts from previously reported data from overseas."

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    Re: QUEENSLANDERS are being served dangerously str

    Wow!

    Thats intersting. There must be an awful lot of outlets using coffee blends very high in Robusta to get the caffeine levels so high. How could you imagine drinking such an awful brew.... yecchh!

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    Re: QUEENSLANDERS are being served dangerously str

    Hmmm.... interesting take Mal.

    I didnt do the chainstore-robusta link, but that might be the case.

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    Re: QUEENSLANDERS are being served dangerously str

    Smells like SmarmyBucks to me.

    Java "Smells like the bush" phile

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    Re: QUEENSLANDERS are being served dangerously str

    An shot of espresso from Arabica beans has an average 100 mgs of caffeine. Robusta has around double that so Im not surprised by the numbers at all given a lot of commercial blends have high robusta content. Drip coffee is much higher too so watch out for MDs.

    A lot of women I know lost interest in coffee (amongst other things) while they were pregant so inbuilt commonsense seems to be a good regulator. How many pregnant women have time to drink more than two cups of coffee at a coffee shop every day anyway?

    The 40 mgs at the low end of the sample range sounds most disgusting. Like using a tea bag twice perhaps? :-X

    Obviously a slow news day.

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    Re: QUEENSLANDERS are being served dangerously str

    Hey Wired,

    40mg is the average caffine in a single shot (1.5oz) of espresso per many studies Ive seen, with the same studies showing the average in a cup (6oz) of brewed coffee running at about 200mg.

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    Re: QUEENSLANDERS are being served dangerously str

    With their two heads they could share the load ;D

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    Re: QUEENSLANDERS are being served dangerously str

    Quote Originally Posted by davwhite link=1117341146/0#6 date=1119695596
    With their two heads they could share the load ;D
    I think you are mistaking us for our cousins, waaayyyy down south. We just stick to bending bananas and plucking pineapples :-X.

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