New research shows shifts in children's caffeine intake

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by DR. WENDY SUE SWANSON

KING5.com

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 10:42 AM

New research shows children's caffeine intake hasn't changed much in recent years. 73 percent of children consume caffeine daily from food and drinks, according to a new study published in Pediatrics

But the sources of caffeine that children are drinking have changed. The research shows coffee and energy drinks now represent a greater proportion of caffeine intake, as soda drinking among youth has declined.

Caffeine & Children

  • Long term effects on children largely unknown
  • Caffeine in energy drinks not FDA regulated
  • Increases anxiety, blood pressure & heart rate

Pediatrics Study on Caffeine Sources

  • 73% of children consume caffeine daily from food/drinks
  • Soda drinking still high, declining from 62% to 38%
  • 24% of caffeine from coffee, teens 10% from energy drinks

What Parents Need To Know

  • Caffeine is never “good” for children
  • Energy drinks have 4 times caffeine of soda
  • Water is still cheapest, best beverage for children

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