CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Gum chewers looking for a jolt of energy are out of luck for the time being. Wrigley pulled its caffeinated gum off the market while the FDA looks into how safe it is. 22News explored how Americans get their caffeine-- and just how badly they need it.
It's the very first thing a lot of Americans think of when their eyes open in the morning: get me my coffee -- or else.
"I'm grouchy. I need it when I get up to go to work and I do have another one at work," said Sandra Jalbert of Chicopee.
According to the FDA 80 percent of Americans consume caffeine every day. The average person drinks two 5 ounce cups of coffee or four sodas.
"Considering the fact I have a crazy schedule and I also take care of my kids and bring them to school it helps me go with my day at work. Gives me that extra umph I need in the morning," said Abbysai Latorre of Chicopee.
More and more Americans will take caffeine wherever they can get it -- from already popular energy drinks, to newer products -- caffeinated candy and even gum. No matter how many options hit store shelves though, some consumers still choose to steer clear.
"It can't be good for you. Too much of it you're dehydrating your body. You're not getting enough normal healthy energy. Have a piece of fruit. Have a glass of water. Go outside and get some fresh air," said Karly Monette of Chicopee.
Some of the caffeinated products, like the Alert gum temporarily off the market, are clearly labeled for adults. But doctors have concerns about the appeal of caffeinated gum and candy to young children.