Spilling the Beans about Your Child & Caffeine
“Away from the caffeine” alternatives for your child:
- Even though there isn’t any substantial evidence that demonstrates caffeine as a contributor to stunting the growth of children, consuming soda, caffeinated tea, coffee or energy drinks may result in a leaching of calcium which can lead to bone loss. The source of most caffeine for children comes from soda, which also contains a high amount of sugar and contributes to our global childhood obesity pandemic. Replace the soda with water, milk or 100% fruit juice. This will also help lower the chances of your child getting cavities or tooth decay.
- Once in a while, treat your child with a cup of hot chocolate. The caffeine content in a 5 oz. cup of hot cocoa is between 1-8 mg as compared to a 12 oz. can of Coca Cola which has 64 mg.
- When your child feels tired, encourage him/her to drink more water and/or get some rest, instead of chugging a caffeinated beverage.
- Make physical activity a part of your child’s daily routine as exercise naturally increases your child’s energy levels.
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Douglas Haddad, is a clinical nutritionist, full-time public school teacher in Connecticut and the author of parenting/child guidance book Save Your Kids…Now! The Revolutionary Guide To Helping Youth Conquer Today’s Challenges and co-author of Top Ten Tips For Tip Top Shape: Super Health Programs For All Professional Fields.