Hello Coffee lovers,
This next topic is a question that most people don’t know the answer to, and frankly it is an important question to be answered. When is it okay for your children to start drinking coffee? This is a very common question we get and it’s important for all parents to know the facts about when it is really okay for your child to start drinking coffee. Although the U.S. doesn’t suggest an official daily maximum amount of caffeine for children, Health Canada recommends no more than 45 milligrams a day for children ahed 4-6, 62.5 milligrams for kids aged 7-9, 85 milligrams for kids ages 10-12 and no more than 2.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight for adolescents age 13 and up. Meaning that a 110 pound child should not have more than 125 milligrams of caffeine a day. 125 milligrams sounds like a lot right? Wrong. the average cup of coffee contains more than 150 milligrams of caffeine.
Despite popular belief, caffeine does not stunt children’s growth. However, it can lead to insomnia, nervousness, nausea, irritability, headaches, anxiety, irregular heartbeats and even muscle tremors. We know we know…NOT GOOD. So when is it safe to allow our children to start drinking the yummiest beverage the world has ever known?
According to Dr. Tomas DePaulis coffee isn’t that bad for children, similar to adults, it can improve concentration and can help children to do better on tests. We’re not buying it Dr. Tomas. Yes, maybe coffee can help children do better on tests but it is important to note that coffee contains a substantial amount of caffeine, and like most children, there’s a good chance they are consuming other substances that have high levels of caffeine in them, such as soft drinks and chocolate. So allowing our children to have soft drinks, chocolate and coffee can be detrimental to their overall health. According to the National Institute of Health, caffeine can be completely removed from a child’s diet sine there is no nutritional requirement for it. So if there is no nutritional value in coffee for our children why are we allowing them to have it? We shouldn’t. Especially because caffeine is addictive and can cause symptoms including restlessness for those who are hooked and miss their daily dose. Let’s face it, at 12 years old our children shouldn’t be addicted to anything, aside from their loving parents (obviously).
Now I know what some of you are thinking. If soft drinks have caffeine why aren’t we banning those from our children’s diet all together? We hear you, but the difference is that coffee is a stimulant that has five times more caffeine per serving than soda and can last in the body for up to eight hours. EIGHT hours people. That means the children are not going to bed on time as long as they have caffeine stuck in their system. Simple fact here is that although soda’s are not nutritionally valuable, they do contain less caffeine per serving which is ultimately what we want our kids to have. LESS CAFFEINE. More caffeine for children means more sleepless nights, hyper days, and pounding headaches for parents. And that’s a big NO-NO.
If I haven’t convinced you yet these next few facts definitely will. As we’ve mentioned a number of times coffee is a stimulant that can lead to a decreased appetite. Our growing children need a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains. When children drink coffee it can decrease their appetite and decline their overall nutrition, which is necessary for growing children.
Coffee also increases urine production. Doesn’t seem like a big deal right? WRONG. Increased urination leads to loss of calcium from the body which can lead to bone loss. For growing children calcium is very important for bone growth. For every 100 mg of caffeine ingested, 6 mg of calcium are lost. Ultimately, the more coffee children drink, the more calcium is lost, effecting their overall bone growth.
Last but not least, coffee can cause a number of behavioural problems in children including hyperactivity and inability to concentrate. Since coffee is a stimulant that increases energy and alertness it can be damaging to school-aged children who need to pay attention and sit still in school. While adults may benefit from this side effect, it can be detrimental to our children’s education.
So what do you guys think? Here at Bewdly, as much as we love as many people as possible to consume our yummy coffee we do not support young children drinking our beverage. We support growing children to have as many nutritional foods and drinks as possible to benefit their growing body’s and minds. So should you.