Dr. Michael Gabriel Comments on the Increase of Caffeine Consumption Amongst Today’s Youth

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In response to an article published by WBUR, Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics discusses the increase of caffeine consumptions amongst today’s youth and why its intake should be kept in moderation.

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Dr. Michael Gabriel responds to an article published by WBUR that discusses the increase of caffeine consumption by teenagers and children and why it should be kept in moderation.

According to the February 11th, 2014 article published by WBUR titled “How Caffeinated Are Our Kids? Coffee Consumption Jumps,” a new report, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that 17- and 18-year-olds are consuming approximately double the amount of caffeine from coffee in comparison to ten years prior.

The report found a number other interesting facts that offer a deeper look into caffeine consumption amongst today’s youth:

  •     Approximately three-fourths of children consumer caffeine on any given day in the United States.
  •     The pre-school age demographic is being introduced to caffeine via chocolate milk, tea or soda.
  •     Preschool-aged kids are consuming about 10 milligrams of caffeine a day which is equivalent to approximately one-third of a can of caffeinated soda.
  •     Energy drink consumptions amongst teenagers has seen a big increase which needs to be avoided because of the extremely high caffeine content.

Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, says although caffeine consumption isn’t terrible, it should be monitored. “Caffeine consumption by our children is something that is going to inevitably happen, however the intake amount is something that should be looked after,” explains Gabriel. “It is easy to look past things as simple as caffeine, so just be sure to pay attention to nutritional labels to ensure your child is taking in a healthy amount.”

Gabriel Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.


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