Caffeine is an alkaloid present in many plants, in about 60 plant species, and the highest percentage of caffeine is found in tea, coffee and cocoa beans.
For almost 300 years, doctors and scientists have been studying the effects of caffeine on human health.
After consumption, caffeine takes 5-30 minutes to start acting on the brain and body. More than 75% of newborns are born with traces of caffeine in their blood. For a child, 100 mg of caffeine per 1 kg of body weight represents a huge risk of poisoning.
Most parents, if you asked them, would say that they wouldn’t dream of giving their child caffeine, but that’s why they give them teas, sodas or chocolate without any problems.
One of the few countries that has official recommendations on caffeine intake for children is Canada. These recommendations state that a preschool child should not consume more than 45 mg of caffeine per day in food and drink. This is the amount found in one can of carbonated drink (355 ml) or 50 grams of milk chocolate.
A 100-gram chocolate bar contains 10-30 mg of caffeine.
Caffeine as a natural alkaloid can be found in the leaves and seeds of many plants, but it is also produced as a chemical substance and added to various types of food and drinks. It is a stimulant and is defined as a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system and acts on other organ systems.
Find a healthier alternative for your children
Excessive caffeine intake in children, as well as in adults, can cause agitation and nervousness, indigestion and stomach pain, headache, difficulty concentrating and sleeping, rapid heart rate and a number of other symptoms. It should be emphasized here that a lot of caffeine should not be consumed in order to develop the above symptoms and that the risk is greater the younger the child.
Parents should be aware of the potential danger to the child’s sleep and general health that caffeine can disrupt.
Children who consume caffeinated beverages are at greater risk of becoming obese, the sugars in these beverages can damage teeth, and they are full of unhealthy nutrients. It can even create a form of addiction in children.
Find a healthier alternative for children, reduce the “chocolate meals”, and replace carbonated drinks with freshly squeezed juices.
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