Kids Getting High Blood Pressure From Drinking Sodas

Teens, particularly black teens, who drink several soft drinks daily, may increase their blood pressure and their risk for developing hypertension. Earlier studies have shown caffeine has an impact on blood pressure in adults, but the effect has not been researched as thoroughly in teens. Yet, it is estimated that two-thirds of teens consume caffeine every day. The researchers found that those who drank the most caffeine - more than 100 milligrams a day, or the equivalent of about four 12-ounce cans, had the highest pressure readings.

This is a serious issue because:

  • One out of every four drinks consumed is a soft drink.
  • Our annual consumption here in the United States averages out to more than 56 gallons for every man, woman and child.
  • Consumers spend more than $60 BILLION a year on soda.
  • The soft drink industry uses more than 12 billion gallons of water every year.
  • The average girl gets one ounce of pure sugar and a boy two ounces of pure sugar every day from sodas. That is nearly 50 pounds of sugar every year from soda.

Archives Pediatric Adolescent Medicine May 2004;158:473-477

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