Are You Buzzing?

November 15th, 2013 Resource

do you find yourself craving a pick-me-up soda after lunch? Do you have trouble getting going in the morning without a cup of coffee? You’re definitely not alone. Lots of teens (and adults) consume drinks that contain caffeine, and it doesn’t seem to take long before it becomes a ‘need’ instead of a ‘want’. Health Canada has some good information about whether or not drinking caffeine is a good for you, and it seems that for younger teens and kids, it’s NOT a good idea. That’s because the smaller you are, the stronger the effects of caffeine will be, including side effects like difficulty concentrating and restlessness.

Even older teens are advised not to drink too much caffeine. There are no specific guidelines, but The Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools (2010, BC) recommends sticking to choices that contain 15 mg of caffeine or less. How much is that? Here’s a handy chart (chick on it to embiggen):

caffeine2012.pdf

You can read a bit more about the effects of caffeine from Healthy Eating at School (pdf). Meanwhile if you need more energy mid-afternoon, take a walk instead. A bit of fresh air usually works wonders.