Caffeine keeps us awake and hyped right after we consumed it. Due to its tastiness and effectiveness, caffeine is so loved by kids. But it’s actually it do more harm than good.
WHAT IS CAFFEINE?
Caffeine is found in many foods, beverages and medications. It is widely known that, caffeine is found in coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate. Some nuts also contain caffeine, for example kola nuts which are consumed as a nut but also used to make tea in parts of West Africa. Caffeine is also present in many soft drinks, particularly cola-flavored drinks and energy drinks.
It works by stimulating the brain and central nervous system, helping you to stay alert and preventing the onset of tiredness. It functions by blocking the effects of adenosine, which is a neurotransmitter that relaxes the brain and makes you feel tired
THE SIDE EFFECT OF CAFFEINE
Caffeine can increase blood pressure and heart rate. Caffeine changes your body temperature and your gastric juices. It changes how attentive you are, and can really cause trouble in terms of sleep.
In addition, too much caffeine can cause the following symptoms in kids:
- Upset or nauseous stomach
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping, especially when consumed after noon
HOW MUCH CAFFEINE IS TOO MUCH?
Almost health organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest that children under the age of 12 years should not eat or drink any caffeine-containing foods or drinks.
For children older than 12 years, caffeine intake should fall in the range of no more than 85 to 100 milligrams per day.
Alternatives to caffeine, energy and sweetened drinks
If you’re willing to take a long-term step into building your child’s healthy diets, these alternatives are sure to make your child eager to drink yet healthy and nutritious.
- Coconut water
- Soda water with lemon
- Watermelon juice
- Fruit smoothies with yogurt and ice