Coffee consumption increases in children, according to a recent study.
We all know kids love a good jolt of caffeine, but a new study published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics suggests that kids are bagging soda as their source for caffeine, and instead, getting their kick from coffee and energy drinks instead.
The study, which took place between 2000 and 2010, shows that 73 percent of young adults consume caffeine on the daily, with children as young as preschool age consuming as much as 10 milligrams – or the equivalent of what you might find in half a can of soda – daily.
With frozen coffee beverages serving masking the flavor of the coffee behind a veil of milkshake-esque goodness, spiking their caffeine intake with every sip. In a report made by the Associated Press, Stephen Daniels, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics nutrition committees, says caffeine has zero nutritional value, and there has been no research conducted or data collected to show what amount of caffeine intake is even safe for children to consume.
The recent study may lead parents to continue the monitoring of their children’s beverage intake into their teen years, as the number of high school-aged children consuming these type of coffee beverages continues to increase.
As for college students, they still love a cup of joe, but the study accounts energy drinks as being responsible for 10 percent of a college student’s overall beverage intake.
Of course, soda still contains amounts of caffeine and sugar that should be consumed in moderation, but another factor to be considered is cost. Over the past several years, the cost of soda itself has increase. However, a soda costing roughly one dollar is much more affordable for the average American than a frozen coffee beverage like a Frappuccino from Starbucks which can cost as much as four, five or even six dollars after add-ons.