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Can J Diet Pract Res. 2006 Summer;67(2):96-9.

Beverage caffeine intakes in young children in Canada and the US.

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  • 1Knight International, Chicago, IL, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Throughout childhood there is a shift from predominantly milk-based beverage consumption to other types of beverages, including those containing caffeine. Although a variety of health effects in children and adults have been attributed to caffeine, few data exist on caffeine intake in children aged one to five years.

METHODS:

Because beverages provide about 80% of total caffeine consumed in children of this age group, beverage consumption patterns and caffeine intakes were evaluated from two beverage marketing surveys: the 2001 Canadian Facts study and the 1999 United States Share of Intake Panel study.

RESULTS:

Considerably fewer Canadian children than American children consume caffeinated beverages (36% versus 56%); Canadian children consume approximately half the amount of caffeine (7 versus 14 mg/day in American children). Differences were largely because of higher intakes of carbonated soft drinks in the US.

CONCLUSIONS:

Caffeine intakes from caffeinated beverages remain well within safe levels for consumption by young children.

PMID:
16759437
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