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Does caffeine harm children?

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Some kids are sensitive to caffeine, developing temporary anxiety or irritability, with a "crash" afterwards. Also, the most caffeine that kids drink is in sodas, energy drinks, or sweetened teas, all of which have high sugar content. These empty calories put kids at higher risk for obesity. Even if the caffeine itself isn't harmful, caffeinated drinks are generally not good for kids.

From: Caffeine Myths and Facts WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

International Food Information Council Foundation: "Caffeine & Health: Clarifying the Controversies."

Nutrition Action Health Letter: "Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, and the Maybe."

European Food Information Council (EUFIC): "Myths and Facts about Caffeine."

Johns Hopkins University Bayview Medical Center: "Information About Caffeine Dependence."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 30, 2017

SOURCES:

International Food Information Council Foundation: "Caffeine & Health: Clarifying the Controversies."

Nutrition Action Health Letter: "Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, and the Maybe."

European Food Information Council (EUFIC): "Myths and Facts about Caffeine."

Johns Hopkins University Bayview Medical Center: "Information About Caffeine Dependence."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 30, 2017

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