Kids Continue To Pound Back The Caffeine

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Monster Energy drinks. Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Monster Energy drinks. Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Approximately 75 percent of U.S. kids and young adults consume at least some caffeine on a daily basis. The numbers haven’t budged over a decade, despite soda use declining. Instead, energy drinks are becoming the increasingly common source of much of the caffeine intake.

Though even most preschoolers consume some caffeine-containing products, their average was the amount found in half a can of soda, and overall caffeine intake declined in children up to age 11 during the decade.

The analysis is the first to examine recent national trends in caffeine intake among children and young adults and comes amid a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into the safety of caffeine-containing foods and drinks, especially for children and teens.

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