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Taiwan Comes to Terms with Caffeine's Dangers

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Taiwan Comes to Terms with Caffeine's Dangers

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Taiwan Comes to Terms with Caffeine's Dangers

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The Taiwanese government is warning against drinking too much coffee after studying the effects of caffeine and finding — surprise — too much caffeine can cause stomach aches, anxiety and bad moods. So starting this week is a first: coffee shops in Taiwan are displaying color coded advisories indicating caffeine level. A grande latte gets a red flag. Starbucks has begun handing out caffeine-alert leaflets.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

The Taiwanese government is warning against drinking too much coffee, after studying the effects of caffeine and finding - surprise - too much caffeine can cause stomachaches, anxiety, and bad moods. So starting this week is a first: coffee shops in Taiwan are displaying color-coded advisories indicating caffeine level. A grande latte gets a red flag. And Starbucks has begun handing out caffeine-alert leaflets. Drink up, it's MORNING EDITION.

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