Coffee, Energy Drinks Becoming Young Consumers' Caffeine Sources

(Undated) -- There's a trend among young consumers that won't make the soda companies happy. The journal "Pediatrics" says caffeine intake from soda dropped from 62-percent in 1999 to 38-percent in 2009 among people from age two to 22. The analysis also shows coffee and energy drinks became new sources of caffeine for young people during that decade, although their overall caffeine intake did not increase.
One finding of special concern to the American Academy of Pediatrics is that 63-percent of preschoolers consume at least some caffeine on any given day. The academy says caffeine doesn't belong in the diets of children and teens. The FDA plans to do more research on caffeine's possible side effects on kids and teens.