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Added Caffeine in Peanut Butter
FDA Statement on Added Caffeine in Peanut butter
December 17, 2015
The FDA is concerned about the marketing of a peanut butter, a food popular with many children, containing added caffeine. The company has indicated in recent media reports its desire to behave responsibly, but has not submitted to the FDA any information about the safety of its use of caffeine in its peanut butter product. On Tuesday December 15, 2015 the FDA sent a letter to the company, STEEM Peanut Butter, Inc., requesting they provide us with information about their use of caffeine in peanut butter. This information will help us determine whether their product meets applicable scientific and legal standards for the lawful sale in the U.S.
The FDA remains concerned about the increasing number of products on the market containing added caffeine and the possibility for harmful effects when multiple caffeinated products are eaten simultaneously, especially in products that are attractive to children. The FDA will continue monitoring the marketing of these novel food products in order to ensure public health and the integrity of the regulatory system designed to protect the food supply.
ABC 30 KFSN-TV Fresno
Valley nutritionists ask: caffeinated peanut butter?
Saturday, December 05, 2015
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A new way to get a boost of energy combines the jolt of coffee with one of the most popular family foods, it's caffeinated peanut butter
It's catching the attention of valley nutritionists and now, a US senator. Nutritionist Tawnie Kroll invited an Action News reporter into her Clovis home for a taste test to compare regular peanut butter and caffeinated peanut butter.
Under the name, Steem, the new snack food is sold in a handful of states and online and concern about it, is spreading. "I don't necessarily recommend it for a family," Kroll said.
"As a local nutrition expert and food blogger, Kroll ordered the peanut butter to look into its claims."
She said she was startled by the caffeine content. "This for 2 tablespoons, that's 150 milligrams so that's five times a can of Coca-Cola," Kroll exclaimed.
Peanut butter is the latest food to be "caffeinated" and Tawnie said over-consumption can lead to some serious health dangers. "It can also cause you to be more anxious give you those jitters and leading more into the acute clinical toxicity of the caffeine," Kroll said. "You can get tachycardia, that fast heartbeat, you can get tremors."
Those potential health dangers are what promoted Senator Chuck Schumer of New York to take action with the Food and Drug Administration. On his website, he urges the FDA to immediately investigate caffeinated peanut butter, saying it is even scarier to think what might happen if a child ate a sandwich made with caffeinated peanut butter; just one sandwich could contain more caffeine than two cups of coffee.
The makers of Steem peanut butter responded to Schumer's claims, telling Action News in a statement, "our goal is not to over-caffeinate people, it's to give them a more efficient alternative so they'll need less."
The company also says it markets only to adults and its serving recommendations are for safe use.
The makers promise a jolt without lots of added sugar or unpronounceable ingredients and as an alternative to that second cup of coffee. But as a nutritionist, Tawnie is glad to see one more thing on the label.
They do state on their label, not intended for children, pregnant women, those who are lactating, pets, so they do put the warning out there. But moms like Katie Lane of Clovis tell us caffeinated peanut butter in the pantry could easily get into kids' hands.
"I think it's a good idea everyone loves to combine different things," Lane said. "But she does eat peanut butter sandwiches all the time. It would be an easy mistake if I was busy or she grabbed it."
Parents and the peanut butter maker agree; it's a snack for adults only.
What is STEEM?
STEEM is caffeinated peanut butter. What else do we need to say? STEEM is designed to provide a consistent release of sustained energy and the naturally slow digestion of peanut butter is the key to that. STEEM delivers protein, electrolytes, and caffeine, granting you hours of endurance and focus, and freeing you from distractions like hunger and fatigue.
What's in this stuff?
STEEM is made with natural peanut butter, and no artificial sweeteners. Oh, and as much caffeine as two cups of coffee, so stick with the normal serving suggestions for the best effect. Enjoy it however you would normally enjoy peanut butter: spread it on crackers, toast or fruit; re-acquaint yourself with the simple perfection of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich; or just jam a knife or a spoon or a finger into the jar and eat it like you do when no one's looking. Yes you do. Yes, you do.
Know Your Peanut Butter Ingredients: Natural Peanut Butter (Peanuts, Salt), Organic Agave Nectar, Peanut Oil, Natural Caffeine (Green Coffee Extract)
Caffeine: 150mg Per Serving
1200mg Per Jar
Nutrition: Click here to view
Effects: +2 STR +3 END +2 INT +6 LCK
Who is STEEM for?
STEEM's steady release of energy (without the jittery feeling) makes it perfect not only for athletes and active people, but also for normal life. How about never having to choose awful breakroom coffee because you don't want to spend more on caffeine than you spend on your lunch? How about having enough energy to finish that backyard project in one day instead of putting it off for another weekend? How about when an all-night study session has suddenly become the morning of the test? How about never having to bring that damn percolator on camping trips just so you can avoid that crippling noontime caffeine headache? How about not worrying about nodding off in meetings, or in class, or at the wheel? How about just having the energy to get going when you need it?
One last thing…
DO NOT GIVE TO ANIMALS. EVER. Fun fact: a lot of domestic animals, like dogs and cats and birds, cannot digest caffeine properly and it can lead to SERIOUS health issues. We know that your dog loves peanut butter and we know you think it'd be hilarious to get him all jacked up and crazy, BUT DON'T. SERIOUSLY. IT WOULD NOT BE HILARIOUS.
STEEM = PEOPLE FOOD.
Okay, Where can I get it?
STEEM is available at any of the fine locations shown below, or available to purchase online now. Be sure to check back soon for more locations, more are added all the time!
If you'd like to carry STEEM at your store/gym/batcave email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org