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How much caffeine is in an average child's diet?

Many parents who consider coffee unsuitable for their children are serving them sodas, cocoa and other food and beverages. These may contain as much caffeine as a cup of joe.

A study in the Journal of Pediatrics confirms that as many as three out of four children consume significant amounts of caffeine, a common stimulant found in hundreds of foods and beverages.

The study found that children between the ages of 5 and 7 consumed about 52 mg per day, more than the amount found in a shot of espresso, while children ages 8 and 12 consumed 109 mg per day, the equivalent of three regular-sized cans of soda.

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