Most of us can not imagine in the morning without a tasty cup of coffee or tea. But do you know that caffeine is not only a harmless substance but also a stimulant that affects our central nervous system? The number 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 medicine because of its ability to stimulate the central nervous system. Adults, however, are not the only users of this substance. Studies show that approximately 75% of children and adolescents receive it regularly.
Where it is
Caffeine is often found in painkillers. As for beverages and food, these are the most common sources of caffeine (amount in 100 ml):
– Key drinks – 40 milligrams
– Coffee – 60 milligrams
– Tea – 48 milligrams
-Energic drinks – 150 milligrams
– Milk chocolate – 1 to 6 milligrams
-Chocolate drink – 3 to 32 milligrams
Dark chocolate – 31 milligrams
-Cafe, chocolate ice cream – 30 to 45 milligrams
– Energy drinks – from 28 to 160 milligrams (depending on the amount of beverage served in the box)
How it works
Caffeine has the same effect as in adults and children. It may seem that children are more susceptible to caffeine, but this is because we are more resistant to caffeine and caffeine is taken more often at higher doses. Children are still developing and should therefore reduce their caffeine consumption to a minimum, preferably not taking it at all.
-Cofein is a stimulant that can stimulate and increase the ability to concentrate, but it works primarily in people who do not receive it daily but only occasionally and at regular doses. A higher dose is harmful to children and adults. Therefore, caffeine should be controlled not only by us but also by our youngest.
-Cofein may increase heart rate and blood pressure, change body temperature and gastric juice. For this reason, caffeine addiction can be dangerous for children – this increases the risk of adult infarction and problems with the digestive system (caffeine acts on the intestinal peristalsis so that they get used to not work the same way).
Increased amounts of caffeine can cause irritable bowel movements and headaches. Children who take caffeine may have sleep problems, their reduced quality also affects their growth and development. In addition, drinking beverages with caffeine and taking foods like chocolate, they fall into the body in an unhealthy amount of empty calories in the form of sugar. Sugar is an addictive substance that loads the body and acts negatively on, for example, memory.
– This stimulant also affects the mood of the children; some have sudden changes in emotions ranging from subtle nervousness to severe anxiety. If your child is naturally frightening, caffeine can aggravate this condition as well as hyperactivity
– Adolescents take half of their weight in puberty. Therefore, taking caffeine can be dangerous even during this period, as the change of teenage age is perfect. The stimulator acts as a blocker of appetite, which can mean a lack of nutrients to eat.
– Many people think drinking a drink will ensure the hydration of the body. The reality is, that we do not have to drink beverages in the drinking regime, especially for children. Caffeine is a diuretic, so we actually lose water. Research has also found a link between long-term caffeine intake and future problems with anger and aggression.
How to restrict it
Restricting caffeine in baby food is easier than it looks. It is not enough to buy sweetened, energy and wheeled drinks. Instead, give the children lots of pure water, mineral water or 100% fruit and vegetable juices. Read the composition of the food and watch for the caffeine amount of the labels.
If you think sweetened drinks do not harm children, ask yourself – Want to plant a garden or a flower with malinose? No? Why then are you "watering" the children?