MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 75 percent of kids have caffeine every day.
But it’s not just coming from soda. Kids are also drinking more coffee and energy drinks.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Can You Expect Another Relief Payment?
Experts say that’s a concern because those beverages can contain much higher amounts of caffeine than soda and iced tea.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 21 More Deaths Reported; State's Now Seen 40K Hospitalizations
Dr. Elissa Rubin from Happy and Healthy Pediatrics in New York echoes the sentiment from the American Academy of Pediatrics that caffeine has no place in a child’s diet.
“In kids, caffeine can have significant physical and emotional side effects,” Rubin said. “It can cause anxiety, panic attacks. Their heart rate can increase.”MORE NEWS: Beach Boys Bringing Holiday Harmonies Tour To Treasure Island
The American Beverage Association maintains that caffeine has been safely added to drinks as a flavor enhancer for more than a hundred years.