Caffeine consumption slows down brain development


Children’s and young adults’ average caffeine consumption has increased by more than 70 per cent over the past 30 years, and an end to this rise is not in sight: the drinks industry is posting its fastest-growing sales in the segment of caffeine-laden energy drinks. Not everybody is pleased about this development. Some people are worried about possible health risks caused in young consumers by the pick-me-up.

Researchers from the University Children’s Hospital Zurich are now adding new arguments to the debate. In their recently published study conducted on rats, the conclusions call for caution: in pubescent rodents, caffeine intake equating to three to four cups of coffee per day in humans results in reduced deep sleep and a delayed brain development.

The slower maturing process in the brain also had an impact on behaviour: rats normally become more curious with age, but the rats consuming caffeine remained timid and cautious.

Here is the peer-reviewed journal entry.

And if you ask yourselves “who lets their children drink the equivalent of 3-4 cups of coffee (in caffeine) per day?”. Let me remind you that caffeine is in most of the soft drinks, Mountain Dew, Pepsi. All marketing to kids and parents.

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