The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that teenagers consume no more than 100 mg of caffeine a day. (See a chart from the Center for Science in the Public Interest that shows how much caffeine is in popular drinks.) Why? Consuming high amounts of caffeine can cause irritability, nervousness, rapid heartbeat and anxiety.
Here are five more good reasons to help teens limit their daily caffeine intake.
- Empty calories – many caffeinated drinks also have lots of sugar and fat. Drinking too much soda may rob teens of valuable nutrients like calcium.
- Dental problems – drinking coffee or tea can stain teeth. The sugar in many caffeinated beverages can lead to cavities.
- Trouble sleeping – caffeine can make it hard to fall asleep at night, which could lead to insomnia and daytime sleepiness.
- Heart and head – large amounts of caffeine can raise blood pressure in some people. It can also cause headaches.
- The cost – caffeinated beverages can be expensive, especially when you buy coffee drinks from popular coffee chains. Think about how much money you could save if you didn’t spend so much on caffeine!