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Teens Coffee Consumption Grows

Feb 17, 2014 2:07:48 PM

Many believe that humanity's caffeine addiction has wrought a lot of good.

How Caffeinated Are Our Kids? Coffee Consumption Jumps

by Allison Aubrey, NPR
February 11, 2014 8:14 AM



Energy drinks tend to get a bad rap. The Food and Drug Administration has investigated reports of deaths and sicknesses linked to them. Hospitals have reported increased ER visits. And on Capitol Hill last summer, senators grilled energy drink execs about marketing to kids.

But when it comes to caffeine intake, teenagers seem to be getting far more caffeine from coffee drinks.

A new report, published in the journal Pediatrics, finds that 17- and 18-year-olds are consuming almost double the amount of caffeine from coffee compared with a decade earlier. And increasingly, younger tweens and teens, ages 12-16, are getting more caffeine from coffee, too.

"It was a surprise," researcher Amy Branum, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told us about the uptick in coffee. She's the lead author of the paper, which compared consumption in 2000 and 2010.

But interestingly, Branum says that over that time period, caffeine consumption overall has remained about the same. So, does this mean adolescents must be drinking less of other types of caffeinated drinks? Turns out, yes. Consumption of caffeinated sodas like Coke and Pepsi is down about 40 percent among older teens.  Students are drinking more coffee to stay awake.  Many believe that humanity's caffeine addiction has wrought a lot of good.

And while energy drink consumption did increase during the period, Branum and her colleagues found that the drinks account for just a small sliver of overall caffeine consumption. Among 17- and 18-year-olds, it's less than 5 percent of their caffeine consumption.

College-aged young adults (ages 19 to 22) appear to be the more regular consumers of energy drinks, but they're still only getting about 10 percent of their caffeine from this source.

Now, as we've reported, adolescents are not always aware of how much caffeine they're drinking. Especially when they're new to the coffee habit.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest took a look at several popular items and analyzed their caffeine content. It found that a 12-ounce cup of coffee from Starbucks contains about 260 milligrams of caffeine, which is roughly five times as much as a 12-ounce can of Diet Coke. And data from the University of Florida show just how much caffeine variation there can be in coffee drinks.

Other interesting findings from the Pediatrics study:

  • About three-fourths of children in the U.S. consume caffeine on a given day.
  • The preschool set, which seems to be introduced to caffeine via soda, tea or chocolate-flavored milk, is consuming a little less caffeine compared with a decade ago.
  • On average, preschool-aged kids are consuming about 10 milligrams of caffeine a day. That's equivalent to less than one-third of a can of caffeinated cola.
Comments | Posted By BG

Recycle your old coffee grounds

Apr 1, 2014 9:22:42 AM

Since leftover biscotti is never, ever a problem, we thought you might find this TOH article on uses for old coffee grounds helpful.

10 Uses for Coffee Grounds

  • coffee cup and coffee grounds

    What this Brew Leftover Can Do

    Once you've brewed your morning cup of joe, perk up around-the-house tasks with this surprisingly versatile leftover

  • smelly fridge

    1. Deodorize Your Fridge

    Place a bowl of dry grounds in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors left by stale or spoiled food.

  • person scrubbing a dirty pan at the kitchen sink

    2. Clean Tools and Dishware

    Place a few teaspoons of grounds on a thin cleaning rag and use to scour away grease and grime. Finish with a thorough rinsing.

  • woman hiding furniture scratches with a cotton swab and leftover coffee grounds

    3. Hide Furniture Scratches

    Dip a cotton swab into steeped grounds and dab on scratches in dark wood furniture to minimize them. Just test in an inconspicuous area first.

  • woman dyeing paper stationary with old coffee grounds and water

    4. Give Paper an Antique Look

    Dip paper or sheets of stationery in a soupy mix of grounds and water; allow them to sit a minute or two, then let dry and brush off the grounds.

  • plants and shrubs in yard

    5. Repel Insects

    Mound grounds into a ring to create a protective border around plants that will ward off ants and slugs.

  • blue hydrangea

    6. Grow Blue Hydrangeas

    Work grounds into the soil at the base of mophead hydrangeas to increase the acidity level. This helps the shrubs absorb aluminum, which you can add to the soil to keep the flowers a vibrant blue.

  • ashes from fire

    7. Contain Ashes

    Sprinkle damp grounds on fireplace ashes to cut down on airborne dust as you sweep them up.

  • person washing hands

    8. Scrub Hands

    Rub a scoop of grounds between palms as an exfoliant to remove dead skin and help eliminate smells from foods like fish and garlic.

  • dead cockroach

    9. Make a Cockroach Trap

    Fill a can or jar with an inch or two of moistened coffee grounds, then line the container's neck with extra-sticky double-sided tape. The scent will draw the roaches into the trap.

  • person putting coffee grounds into plant soil

    10. Fortify Plants

    Give seedlings a nitrogen boost by stirring grounds into soil or a watering can.

Comments | Posted in Musings By Wheeler Wood



Does amount of sleep determine the coffee cup size or does the coffee cup size determine the amount of sleep? What do you think?





Comments | Posted in Musings By Wheeler Wood

Coffee - good or bad - who knows

Nov 16, 2014 9:16:21 AM

The studies are all over the place.  My philosophy - be happy!

Women who drink 1 or more cups a day

May be at a 25 percent lower risk for stroke

The journal Stroke

3 to 4 cups a day

Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk by 25%

Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC)

4 or more cups a day





Stomach upset

Fast heartbeat

Muscle tremors

Mayo Clinic

Those 55 years and under who consumed more than 28 cups of coffee a week (4 cups a day)

Are twice as likely to die compared to non-drinkers.

Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study

6 cups

Drinking up to six cups a day of coffee is not associated with increased risk of death from any cause, or death from cancer or cardiovascular disease.



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