Most American Kids Are Caffeinated

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Despite years of successful efforts to get kids to kick the cola habit, 73 percent of them are still walking around with caffeine surging through their systems.

Despite years of successful efforts to get kids to kick the cola habit, 73 percent of them are still walking around with caffeine surging through their systems.

Even though soda guzzling has dropped over the past decade, caffeine consumption has stayed the same.

Instead of reaching for a Coke or a Pepsi, kids are now grabbing a coffee or a tea.

Among the 17 to 19 age group coffee drinking has almost doubled. For those between the ages of 12 and 16 it’s gone up as well.

Ounce for ounce, coffee packs a much more significant caffeine punch than typical sodas do.

For example, a 12-ounce brew from Starbucks has around 260 milligrams, while the same amount of Diet Coke contains about 50.

To the surprise of many, what doesn’t seem to be contributing notably to the amount of the stimulant ingested are energy drinks.

They were less than 5 percent of the source for high-school aged kids. That number was higher for those of college age, but not significantly.

Whether or not all of that is actually harmful remains unknown, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends young people should avoid consuming caffeine.

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