Children should not be given coffee because it contains caffeine, which is unnecessary and may cause behavioral issues such as restlessness, hyperactivity, and an imbalance in their energy levels. They are also often sugary beverages, which are increasingly recognized as a major public health issue because of their link to obesity, shortened lifespans, and increased risk of numerous illnesses. Sugar-free options use artificial sweeteners and may have additional ingredients that aren’t necessarily harmful but should be kept in mind. It is strongly recommended that children not consume these products.
But today, caffeine is being overused all over the world. There will be a rare home where no one is consuming caffeine. It passes into our body through coffee, tea, cold drinks, energy drinks, chocolate, or medicine. Caffeine is consumed by children in large quantities through soda and cold drinks, but young people also consume coffee, extra green tea, and energy drinks along with cold drinks. Since its inception, the use of energy drinks has increased by 16% per year. In the past, the average coffee or tea was not as dangerous as today’s stronger coffees, green teas, herbal teas, and energy drinks are proving.
Due to these, serious symptoms have started to appear in children. An estimated 85 to 250 mg of caffeine enters the body through 1-3 small cups of light coffee. It relieves fatigue and makes you feel more alert, but with 250 to 500 mg, nervousness, tremors, insomnia, inability to concentrate, etc. may appear. Adverse effects of caffeine different amounts have different effects on the brain, heart, and body functions. Excessive sweating, seizures, and palpitations have also been observed at doses exceeding 500 mg. Most of the time, caffeine enters the body unconsciously. That’s why these instructions have been issued that those taking energy drinks should be careful. They are only drinking caffeine dissolved in water, nothing else; these drinks do not contain anything of strength.
Similarly, by adding caffeine to the pain pill taken during menstruation or the body pain reliever, the mind is refreshed and made to feel that everything is fine. Green tea is widely used as a digestive aid, though the effect is only due to the caffeine in it. Tea leaves made from various herbs also contain caffeine. The amount of caffeine is not written on the outside of the containers of cold drinks and other such instant energy drinks. Some energy drinks contain anywhere from 75 to 300 milligrams of caffeine, and some soft drinks are labeled as higher in caffeine per ounce.
How it affects the body: Caffeine is completely absorbed from the stomach and reaches the bloodstream in just five minutes. In 30 to 60 minutes, this amount reaches its peak in the blood, that is, 0.5 liters per kg! The liver breaks it down completely, and its effect on the body lasts for 5 to 8 hours.
In the body, it has a direct effect on the breathing, heart, and many other centers in the brain, due to which the veins in the skin are opened, and due to the many messages in the brain, the brain becomes alert and starts sending more messages. Caffeine increases norepinephrine and epinephrine, which increases the heart rate. Apart from this, it increases glucose in the body and reduces potassium. Acid formation in the stomach increases. No, bowel movements become faster as well. That is why many people, after becoming addicted to caffeine, do not walk to the bathroom in the morning until they have had strong tea. So far, only a few deaths have been found to be caused by caffeine. It is now clear that more than 10 grams of caffeine is causing young deaths. People think only heart attacks are the cause of young deaths.
The body can tolerate 400 mg of caffeine per day in 4 to 5 cups of coffee or tea, without cold drinks and energy drinks. 200 mg is the maximum for pregnant women. Nothing more than this. If caffeine is added to any type of alcohol, it becomes even more dangerous. Such liquor was banned in America in 2010 but is available in many other countries. Effects on the brain: headaches, light-headedness, nervousness, sudden flare-ups, numbness of the hands and feet around the mouth, rapid breathing, inability to concentrate, mental confusion, like crazy. behaving, having seizures, etc. effects on the heart: palpitation, chest pain, nervousness. Stomach effects: vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite.
The Dutch Pediatrics Association says that energy drinks are bad for kids, and at least two supermarket chains have already stopped selling them to kids on their own.
Energy drinks can make kids addicted to caffeine, but they can also cause heart problems, high blood pressure, and seizures.
There are no benefits and several drawbacks, so a ban is the natural next step.