Friday, September 14, 2007

Starbucks Caffeinates Kindergarteners

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One coffee critic in Chicago is campaigning to keep kids away from caffeine.

According to an MSNBC report, kids have been a part of Starbucks’ consumer market for years, and to repay them, the Seattle-based coffee franchise is revamping their kid menu with eight ounce coffee drinks called “Shorts.”

Dietitian Joanne Larson believes this is just one more way to make kids fat, lazy, and caffeine crazy.

The Chicago-based dietitian says that kids are ordering drinks that are high in sugar and caffeine to stay awake to study and play sports, but they’re only copying their caffeine-crazed parents.

And while Larson isn’t suggesting banning kids from the trendy coffee chain, she urges kids to take safer sips.

Larson says, “There are some good fruit drinks that they can get, or even steamed milk drinks. It’s about common sense on your intake.”

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