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Tag: health


Caffeine in food? Leave the jump-start to java, please

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

When it comes to imbibing caffeine, we here in the Northwest take a back seat to no one. You can hardly drive a mile in these parts without passing at least two Starbucks and one or two bikini barista stands.

When we buy a coffee drink, we know what we’re getting by ordering one shot, two or more of espresso. We also know that we can be getting caffeine from sodas. But now caffeine is being put into so many other non-beverage items – from gum and jellybeans to nuts and waffles – that we can be ingesting a lot more of the addictive chemical than we might realize.

That’s bad enough for adults, but much worse for children and teenagers – who often are also downing so-called “energy drinks” like Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar. Youngsters aren’t as able as adults to process caffeine, which the American Academy of Pediatrics says can have negative effects on their developing neurological and cardiovascular systems.

So it was welcome news last week that Read more »