A Common Addiction
Caffeine is a problem. A big problem. In the D.A.R.E. literature that my kids got at school, caffeine is listed as a drug. It is highly addictive. And yet many of the same schools that distribute this anti-drug literature to kids sell sodas their students. Soda companies pay schools to have vending machines on campus, so this is one way for the schools to raise money. The upside for the soda companies is that kids are getting hooked at a young age. And the caffeine is not just in the cola products. Read the labels and you’ll see that they have added caffeine to their orange sodas and root beers. So we may be ingesting caffeine without being aware of it. We really need to think before we drink. Next time you’re at that trendy coffeehouse, try a decaf version of your favorite latte. Think about what’s going into your body, and about what kind of example you’re setting for your kids.
We care about our health, and we care about our kids. It’s up to us to offer up alternatives to sodas. Juices are good, as are herbal teas, and water is really the best.
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