Please Stop Buying Your Kids Coffee


Coffee is bad for kids. Kids should not become caffeine dependent in junior high or high school. It is bad enough that as adults we become slaves to caffeine but, every day I see kids coming out of the local coffee emporium ( Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts) with some huge coffee concoction.

In both kids and adults, too much caffeine can cause:

jitteriness and nervousness
upset stomach
headaches
difficulty concentrating
difficulty sleeping
increased heart rate
increased blood pressure
Especially in young kids, it doesn’t take a lot of caffeine to produce these effects.  ( from kids health.org)

Does your high schooler or middle schooler need anything that helps them sleep less or, have trouble concentrating?

Caffeine in Beverages 

Mountain Dew 12 ounces 55.0 mg
Coca-Cola 12 ounces 34.0 mg
Diet Coke 12 ounces 45.0 mg
Pepsi 12 ounces 38.0 mg
7-Up 12 ounces 0 mg
brewed coffee (drip method) 5 ounces 115 mg* TWICE AS MUCH AS MOUNTAIN DEW
iced tea 12 ounces 70 mg*     ( from kids health.org)

In addition, we are clearly contributing to obesity and metabolic syndrome with the caffeine and sugar bombs.

Calories in Selected Drinks

Large DD Caramel Ice Coffee 230 cal. 49 gms of sugar ( that’s without the famous extra-extra)

Large Blue Rasberry Coolatta  480 cal 129 gms sugar

Large Frozen Caramel Coffee Coolatta  w/ milk 730 cal. 146 gms. of sugar.

( dunkindonuts.com)

PLEASE STOP LETTING YOUR KIDS GET ICE COFFEES.  THEY ARE NOT HARMLESS. WOULD YOU LET THEM GRAB 2  MOUNTAIN DEWS?

 

 

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