Iowa dietitians raise red flag about teens drinking coffee

10/12/2011 | Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa), The

Coffee drinks are increasingly popular among teens, which Iowa dietitians say raises concerns about caffeine consumption and its link to health issues such as bone growth, digestive problems and dehydration. Therapeutic dietitian Alyssa Rider of Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa says teens are having coffee instead of breakfast, which can affect cognitive abilities and behavior, and many use sugar and cream, which adds calories.

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