Dietitian weighs in on caffeine and kids

Dietitian weighs in on caffeine and kids

November 8, 2019 0 By William Morgan


A teenager in South Carolina
died last month from what the
coroner blames on too
much caffeine. So how much is
too much for teens?
First News weekend morning
anchor Abbie Schrader spoke to
a local dietitian about this,
She’s live in the studio with
that story.
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That sixteen year old had a
large pop, a latte and an
energy drink…
All in less than two hours. The
coroner says all of that
caffeine caused
his heart to fall out of rhythm
when he collapsed and died.
The FDA says most adults can
handle about four.. Eight ounce
cups of coffee a
day. For teens, there really
isn’t a
recommendation… Just that it
needs to be limited, if any at
all.
A dietitian from Trumbull
Memorial Hospital I spoke to
says caffeine can do
several things to the body
including raising the heart
rate…
Increasing irritability, stomach
problems and migraines.
So rather than depending on
caffeine, there’s other things
teens should do
to get through the day.
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Miranda Monroe: “THEY SHOULD BE
EATING A WELL BALANCED DIET.
UM, THEY NEED TO BE GETTING
REGULAR AMOUNTS OF SLEEP.
CONSISTENT AMOUNTS PER NIGHT, AT
LEAST SEVEN OR MORE
HOURS. IF THEY’RE NOT GETTING
THOSE THINGS, CAFEINE ISN’T
GOING TO MAKE THEM PERFORM ANY
BETTER.”
There aren’t any recommendations
on how much caffeine teens
should be
drinking… But Monroe says a
small cup of coffee in
the morning is appropriate for
most. But don’t rely on it
throughout the day.
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The FDA does not require labels
to show how much caffeine is in
energy drinks.
The American Beverage
Association says those drinks
actually have less
caffeine than most coffee
drinks… But it’s when they’re
consumed in a short amount of
time like that case in South
Carolina…
WheN it can turn deadly. Live in
the studio AS 27 FNTM.