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New study reveals kids and caffeine consumption

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If you’re one of the millions of adults who need their daily dose of caffeine, you’re not alone. A new study reveals high consumption among kids and teens as well.

According to a new report published in the journal Pediatrics, 17 and 18-year-olds are consuming almost double the amount of caffeine from coffee compared to ten years prior.

Even more concerning, youth ages 12-16, are getting more caffeine from coffee, too, and approximately 73 percent of children consumed caffeine on a given day.

The findings attribute the fact that the “the availability and sales of energy drinks, specialty coffee drinks, and food products containing caffeine, including candy bars, potato chips, and gum, have dramatically increased over the past decade and are often marketed toward children and adolescents.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers caffeine a “safe” substance, but additional research indicates excess consumption can result in arrhythmia, hypertension, hyperactivity, anxiety and increased blood sugar concentrations.

The study is significant because it presents trends in caffeine intake between 1999 and 2010, which have previously not been described in the United States.

It also reveals the impact of increasing energy drink use, also previously not described, on these trends among children and adolescents.