Does Coffee Affect Your Growth: Advantages and Disadvantages of Coffee, and Recommended Consumption


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Coffee is one of the most popular drinks around the world. It is the primary caffeinated beverage U.S. adults from ages 18-65 drink, and is “the second most consumed caffeinated beverage.” Depressingly, whether coffee is safe for young teens has sparked much controversy, due to its said bone growth stunting properties. 

Back then, it was thought that caffeine reduced calcium intake, therefore causing stunted bone strength and health. Well, it turns out that the decreased calcium can be canceled out by including one or two tablespoons of milk for every six ounces of coffee you drink. 

Surprisingly, there is no actual evidence that reveals that coffee affects youngsters’ height. 81 women between ages 12-18 were tracked in a test. The results showed no difference in bone health between the woman with the least coffee-intake and the woman with the most.

Although coffee cannot stunt bone development, there are other negative health-related reasons you should not drink it. Such reasons are less sleep and high-sugar levels in coffee. 

A surprising amount of sugar can be found in many popularized coffee beverages through toppings such as flavored syrups, whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Drinking such beverages may increase the chances of increased blood sugar levels, obesity, heart disease, and numerous other health-related problems. 

The effects of caffeine (elevated alertness and energy) on younger children and adolescents, which therefore can induce less sleep. Less sleep in adolescents may cause poor academic performance, obesity, and “increased desire” of sugary foods and sweets.

Despite these reasons, coffee also contains substances that will increase your health. Such substances are caffeine, chlorogenic acid, diterpenes, trigonelline. Caffeine decreases the chances of Alzheimer’s disease and may ameliorate physical performance. Chlorogenic acid prevents cell damage. Diterpenes contains “antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.” Trigonelline may drop blood sugar levels, decrease diabetic nerve damage. 

Is is frequently asked how much coffee is safe iif is to be consumed.Though adults are safe to drink 1.92 liters of coffee, children and pregnant women are recommended to drink less. As suggested by the Health Canada, children aged 4-6 years are limited to drink 45 milligrams per day. For children 7-9 years, they are restricted to 62.5 milligrams per day, and kids aged 10-12 are required 85 milligrams. Teens 12-18 are recommended to drink only as much as 8 ounces. Pregnant women, as suggested by the US Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, are limited to to drink 300 milligrams (2 or 3 cups per day). If you are a young child, adolescent, or you are pregnant, it is highly suggested to drink less than average adults. 

Although many claim that coffee is only to be consumed by adults and that it damages your growth and development, it is actually a myth, and drinking coffee may be beneficial for your health. Even so, children and teenagers are suggested to drink only a little.