Panera’s Charged Lemonades are going viral again for their high caffeine content

Panera’s Charged Lemonade Bread continues to attract interest online due to its high caffeine content. A TikToker recently went viral for saying Panera is “low key and killing everyone” with the new drink, which contains the amount of caffeine in about four cups of coffee.

The viral video, which has over 339,900 views and was posted this week by TikTok user Zahra (@zahra.mayy), shows the TikToker and her friend at a Panera location, watching other customers check out Panera’s new try lemonade.

“Panera Lowkey kills everyone with the new Charged Lemonades,” the TikToker captioned the video. “Why do you have so much caffeine?”

@zahra.mayy Why do they have so much caffeine #panera ♬ If you use this sound follow me – mvds

As previously reported by the Daily Dot, Panera is a bakery and coffee shop chain with over 2,000 locations across the United States and Canada. The new caffeinated Charged Lemonade – which launched earlier this year and is currently available in 36 locations – is available in mango yuzu, apple-cranberry and strawberry-lemon-mint flavors, according to Panera Bread’s website.

On average, a large 30-ounce serving contains 388 milligrams of caffeine, which works out to nearly 13 milligrams per ounce. For comparison, a Monster Energy Drink only has 10 milligrams of caffeine per ounce.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends a limit of 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, which is nearly the equivalent of 4-5 cups of coffee — or a large serving of charged lemonade.

In addition to the high caffeine content, the drink contains an average of 107 grams of sugar per large drink. For reference, the American Heart Association recommends an intake of just 25 to 36 grams of sugar per day.

The release of the lemonade came just before Panera’s announcement in April that it would offer unlimited beverage service for just $10.99 a month, with a short-term promotion offering free subscriptions through July.

While the TikToker that posted the viral video has restricted access to its comments section, other TikToks have gone viral for criticizing the lemonade. In addition, users on Twitter and Reddit have also discussed the drink, noting the dangers of its high caffeine and sugar concentrations, a lack of warnings on its signage, and the risk of children mistakenly drinking the soda without knowing its caffeine content.

Excess caffeine can have serious effects on the body, including insomnia, anxiety, increased heart rate, nausea, mood swings, and headaches. Additionally, according to the FDA, children, teens, and people with medical conditions are more sensitive to the negative effects of caffeine.

On the other hand, some TikTokers went viral for praising the soda, noting that they were impressed with its cheap price, taste, and caffeine content.

The Panera Bread press team did not respond to the Daily Dot’s email request for comment. The Daily Dot tried to reach the TikToker (@zahra.mayy) for comment but was unable to find a way to contact them.

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*Initial publication: May 25, 2022 1:57 pm CDT

Grace Stanley

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