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How will these children react to drinking coffee? The answer is fairly obvious if you were one of those curious kids back in the day who asked an adult to give you a taste. While I drink coffee now (with a lot of sugar), I can still remember the first time I had the drink and thought it was absolutely disgusting.
The video response is typical to a kid growing up in the good old U.S. of A but in a country like Brazil, children drinking coffee is pretty common. Brazil supplies forty percent of the world's supply of the addictive goodness. So, it should come as no surprise that it’s heavily ingrained into the country’s culture. Kids are often served coffee above the age of five. The drink of choice is a cafezhino, a dark coffee with lots of sugar. This isn’t uncommon for any Latin American country, and isn’t as crazy as you would think.
Sure it may seem insane, or even like incredibly bad parenting to offer your child something so loaded with caffeine, but children often exceed their caffeine limit daily. Soft drinks, chocolate, and teas are all sources of excessive amounts of caffeine for a child. In fact one Diet Coke contains well above the 45 mg dosage for children that Canadians say is the limit to which children should consume daily. That being said, the average caffeine dose for coffee brewed from grounds hits about ten times the caffeine dose of even the strongest of soft drinks.
Is caffeine terrible for children? It’s terrible for everyone. Caffeine changes your heart rate, raises your blood pressure and messes with your gastric juices. If you are someone who is prone to anxiety, a cup of coffee is more likely to put you on edge than it is to calm you down. Does this mean coffee is the absolute worst? It could be argued that it made caffeine one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs in the world, and we are all blinded by our addiction to see it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Starbucks.