A New Study Shows the Number of Children Consuming Caffeine is R

A New Study Shows the Number of Children Consuming Caffeine is Rising

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Root beer is not only Hunter Peterson's favorite drink but mom likes it too, but for a different reason.

Root beer is caffeine free and that's important for Tia Peterson.

A new study taken by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveals more than 70 percent of American children consume some form of caffeine every day.

Peterson says she doesn't let her children drink more than one soda a day.

"They're not allowed to have anything with caffeine after six," said Peterson. "We limit them to water for dinner."

She says definitely no coffee or energy drinks. She tells her kids those are reserved for mommy.

Caffeine is a part of many American's lives but doctors agree, you should make sure it doesn't become a part of your child's life.

"During childhood and adolescence there is no place for energy drinks, said Dr. Hector Garcia. "It won't provide any benefits for them."

Pediatric doctor Hector Garcia said caffeine has the same affect on children as it does on adult but with the symptoms magnified.

The study by the CDC states scientists are not sure exactly how excessive caffeine intake affects children but there have been some studies that show drinking too many of these sugary drinks contributes to obesity.

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