The Truth About Caffeine

The information available on caffeine these days is very confusing. Some sources advocate caffeine drinks as “energy” drinks. Some recommend caffeinated drinks but suggest avoiding the “additives” in caffeinated drinks – sugar, fat, vitamins, and amino acids. Others claim that caffeine is addictive with nasty side-effects. Others condemn caffeine in all forms and for all…

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Kids and Caffeine

Kids and teens are consuming about the same amount of caffeine they were a decade ago. Analysis of NHANES data from 1999-2010 reveals the sources have changed dramatically. Soda accounted for 62% of caffeine in 1999, but now only 38%. However, caffeine from coffee jumped from 10% to 24%, and energy drinks now account for 6%…

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Caffeine Use Disorder – It’s For Real

People often joke about their daily dependence on coffee, but new research is finding caffeine dependence is no laughing matter. A recent literature review cites population-based studies in which over 50% of regular caffeine users have serious trouble reducing or quitting their consumption, even if they have conditions negatively impacted by caffeine (pregnancy, heart condition,…

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Energy Drinks Can be Toxic to Children

Energy drinks contain pharmacologically active substances in addition to caffeine levels higher than soda drinks. Reports in various countries of the toxicity of these substances has raised serious concern over the safety of children and adolescents. In the USA, 46% of the 5448 caffeine overdoses last year occurred in children and adolescents under the age of 19.…

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Young Children Now Drink More Caffeine

Researchers have reported that 75% of children 5-12 years old consume caffeine daily, and the average intake is three times higher than the 22-33 mg per day reported a decade ago. In this study, kids averaged 109 mg of caffeine per day -- the equivalent of nearly three cans of caffeinated soda. The more caffeine they…

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Regarding Kids and Sleep…

Two previous blogs in this series talked about “Things to Know About Your Kids Sleep Habits” and “How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?” So, let’s take a look at what can be done.A report from Stanford University gave these recommendations:

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Does a Cup of Joe Help You Relax?

Are you trying to reduce your stress levels? Working to get more relaxation into your life? If these are some of your goals, then avoiding caffeine will assist you in achieving them. Consuming caffeine produces a prolonged stress response in the body. It raises levels of the "stress" hormones, increases blood pressure and heart rate,…

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Fruit Juice with a Caffeine Pick-Me-Up

Minute Maid, a subsidiary of the Coco Cola Company, has announced it will be launching "Minute Maid Enhanced" juices next year in single serving sizes. Specifically, the Strawberry Kiwi Flavored Juice Drink will combine fruit juices with yerba mate, a plant native to South America that contains caffeine. This product will be promoted as a…

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