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More & More Kids Are Getting Addicted to Coffee! Do you let YOUR children drink coffee?

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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More & More Kids Are Getting Addicted ... To Coffee

by Lisa Fogarty

Kids love sugar. This isn't exactly newsworthy, is it? But a new study reveals that the under-18 set is straying away from soda and turning instead to sweetened coffee drinks. Coffee is to blame for nearly a quarter of children's daily caffeine intake, up 10 percent from a decade ago. The study suggests that our negative attitude toward soda has a lot to do with it, while our acceptance of coffee and some of its positive and healthy attributes is contributing to their habit. And yes, I said habit. Researchers fear all of the yummy, creamy frappuccinos and chocolate chip mocha lattes could be to blame for a potential future caffeine addiction

As an adult who prefers sugary, flavored caffeine beverages to straight-up, serious cups of black coffee, I understand the appeal these drinks have for children. But I also understand the appeal of apple pie and Twinkies. If we're talking about kids who are too young to have an allowance or spend money of their own, then it's obvious parents can keep them from drinking these beverages. There's no reason a 6-year-old child needs to cool off at the beach with a vanilla frappuccino.

Teens are different, though. I see them making pit stops at my local Starbucks after school and emerging with Venti-size frothy drinks in hand -- so I believe this is happening. They are consuming tons of sugar, which is the only thing that makes me wince. But, as far as caffeine goes, is a sugary coffee any worse than chugging down cans of Pepsi or Coke, like my friends and I did as teens? Is it worse than inhaling chocolate bars and energy drinks at 9 in the morning, as I've witnessed young kids doing at school? 

When I was a child, I was allowed to sip a bit of my parents' espresso after dinner. They are from Italy, where young people often drink milky coffee in the morning with their biscotti and STILL manage to live perfectly long and healthy lives. A bit of coffee isn't going to hurt our children. At the end of the day, I wouldn't mind it if my teen daughter drank coffee and reaped some of its health benefits, including antioxidants.

Do you let your children drink coffee?

by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Yes I do, if they want it.  Usually the don't.  They prefer hot chocolate.

by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Yes, he does but he like me and SO are far more tea people

by Anonymous 1 on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM
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Coffee actually has the opposite effect on children as adults. It doesn't make them energetic or wired very calming for them. I know several parents that give their kid coffee based on the recommendation of a pediatrician. I wouldn't give my kids the sugary stuff. To me a frap is barely coffee. It's just sugared up junk.
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:34 AM
I don't like coffee drinks. Neither does df. So we never have them in the house. Even if we did I probably wouldn't let dd have them, she's not even 2 yet..
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by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM
My kids are in their 30s. Neither drink coffee. I didn't start until I was in my 30s.
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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I don't care if my kids have coffee but if they want it they take mine which is either black or a small slash of milk. I think coffee is healthier then soda but the sugary coffees are not real coffee, it's more like coffee flavored milk and sugar, yuck :-P.

by Anonymous 2 on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

No one in my house drinks coffee, sometimes tea (iced or hot).... my sister's husband gave their daughter coffee after they'd discussed it and agreed not to, she was extremely angry.

by Angel on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Yes but we do not drink alot of it.
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Yes I let my son drink coffee but I put more milk then coffee in it though. So its more milk with a little bit of coffee .

by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM
my older son who is 17 drinks iced coffee once in awhile but my seven year old no-I dont believe in it for kids that young
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