Summary of Caffeinated

How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

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Caffeinated book summary
Everything you wanted to know about caffeine – and more.


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America’s most widely used drug, a white powder, doesn’t require a prescription, even though it’s potent and addictive. Millions of people have trouble functioning without it. Athletes use this perfectly legal substance to enhance performance. Caffeine has never been more popular. Consumers have a variety of options for ingesting their favorite stimulant, from high-octane java to soda to energy drinks and gels. Caffeine expert Murray Carpenter’s informative, entertaining look at society’s caffeine obsession offers a historical and pharmacological perspective, as well as a critical analysis of the multibillion-dollar caffeine industry. getAbstract recommends that you grab a fresh, hot cup of strong coffee or an energy drink and enjoy reading about a subject that you might never even have considered beyond that first morning jolt.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why caffeine is the world’s most popular drug
  • Why food manufacturers don’t reveal the amount of caffeine in their products
  • Why the US Food and Drug Administration struggles to regulate caffeine content and labeling


Whence Caffeine?
Caffeine, known chemically as methylated xanthine, is an unpleasant-tasting white powder ingested daily by millions of consumers in their coffee, tea, soft drinks and energy potions. Just one-sixteenth of a teaspoon of caffeine – roughly what you’ll find in a 12-ounce ...
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About the Author

Murray Carpenter has written about coffee and caffeine for The New York Times, National Geographic and Wired. He has also written for the Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor.

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