Most of us can not imagine the morning without a delicious cup of coffee or tea. Did you know, however, that caffeine is not just a harmless substance, but a stimulant that affects our central nervous system? The amount of children who receive it daily is alarming.
Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and many other foods and beverages.
It is defined as a drug due to its ability to stimulate the central nervous system. Adults, however, are not the only consumers of this substance. Research has found that approximately 75% of children and adolescents receive it regularly.
Where is it
Caffeine is commonly found in analgesics. Regarding beverages and foods, these are the most frequent sources of caffeine (quantity in 100 ml):
– Alcoholic beverages – 40 milligrams
-Coffee – 60 milligrams
– Te – 48 milligrams
– Energy drinks – 150 milligrams
– Chocolate with milk: from 1 to 6 milligrams
– Alcoholic beginnings: from 3 to 32 milligrams
Black chocolate – 31 milligrams
-Coffee, chocolate ice cream – from 30 to 45 milligrams
– Energy drinks: from 28 to 160 milligrams (depending on the amount of drink that is used in the can)
How it works
Caffeine has the same effect for both adults and children. It may seem that children are more sensitive to caffeine, but it is because we are more resistant and caffeine is taken more often and with higher doses. Children are still under development and, therefore, they should reduce caffeine intake to a minimum, preferably not give it anything.
-Cofein is a stimulant that can stimulate and increase the ability to concentrate, but works primarily in people who do not receive it daily, but only occasionally and in normal doses. A higher dose is harmful for both children and adults. Therefore, the caffeine intake must be controlled not only for us, but also for our youngest.
-Cofein can increase heart rate and blood pressure, change body temperature and stomach juice. For this reason, caffeine addiction can be dangerous for children: increases the risk of infarct in adulthood and problems with the digestive system (caffeine acts on peristalsis of the intestines , so it's hard not to work the same).
The increase in the amounts of caffeine can also lead to irritable bowel movements and headaches. Children who drink caffeine may have problems sleeping, their reduced quality also affects their growth and development. In addition, drinking drinks with caffeine and taking meals such as chocolate, They enter the body an unhealthy amount of empty calories in the form of sugar. Sugar is an addictive substance that supposes a weight on the body and acts negatively, for example, in memory.
-This stimulant also affects the mood of children; Some have sudden changes in emotions that range from subtle nerves to severe anxiety. If the child is naturally terrifying, caffeine can aggravate this disease and hyperactivity
– Teens take half of their weight in puberty. Taking caffeine can, therefore, be dangerous even during this period, because the change in the appetite of adolescents. The stimulant acts as an appetite blocker, which may indicate a lack of nutrients to eat.
-Many people think that drinking any drink will ensure the body's hydration. The reality is, that we should not put drink drinks on the consumption regime, especially not for children. Caffeine is diuretic, so we actually lose water. Research has also found a connection between caffeine intake in the long term and future problems with anger and aggression.
How to limit it
Restricting caffeine to baby foods is easier than it may seem. I do not need to buy sweetened drinks, energy and wheels. Instead of that, it offers children plenty of clean water, mineral water or fruit juices and vegetables 100%. Read the composition of food and take care of the amount of caffeine in the labels.
If you think sweetened drinks do not harm children, ask: Do you want to plant a garden or a flower with malinoise? No? So why are you watering the children?