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Should teenagers drink coffee?

The National Coffee Association says that 18- to 24-year-olds represent the fastest-growing segment of coffee drinkers each year. However, it's not the caffeine that's problematic; it's sugar. Popular iced and blended coffee drinks pack a lot of calories with their added whipped cream, sweetener and syrup. Even if young people like their coffee black, there are other issues to consider: Coffee causes the mouth to dry, which promotes tooth decay. Also, the tannic acid in coffee will stain tooth enamel.

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