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Benefits of coffee for children


Coffee is one of the most universal drinks. Only in Spain 22 million people consume it. And for a long time, coffee has been blamed for negative health effects, many of which are not properly substantiated. Day by day positive effects on health are recognized. But also for children?

Children can also have coffee. In fact, it is recommended to treat a number of conditions. We explain it to you.

Daily coffee consumption reduces the frequency of asthma, type 2 diabetes, gallbladder stones and cardiovascular diseases, among many others.

In addition, recently, there is more and more talk about the protective effect of coffee on liver diseases. Specifically, drinking coffee regularly accelerates recovery from hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

However, all these data must be interpreted with caution, since the healthiest coffee has not been established: espresso, filter mix, unfiltered mix, etc. Nor has it been determined what is the ideal amount of coffee to drink per day, or the size of the coffee cups.

Below we will review with common sense some of the coffee-related issues that arouse the most interest:

1. Can the children have coffee?
Children, innately, have a craving for the sweet taste and a rejection for the bitter taste. One 'has to get used to' that flavor, by periodically exposing oneself to it. In countries like Spain, they do not, essentially for cultural and customary reasons. But in many places in Latin America, coffee consumption begins at a very young age.

It is true that its tachycardia effect can make them more nervous than usual in them, and end up 'making parents desperate'. But it all depends on 'how strong you prepare'. If you drink a light coffee, in the style of countries like Colombia, there would be no problem in taking it in a controlled way. Coffee favors attention.

2. Is it true that coffee calms migraines?
The pain-relieving effect of some medications, such as acetylsalicylic acid, is enhanced by caffeine. In Mexico, for example, there are street stalls where the mixture is dispensed, in 'cafiaspirin' format.

3. Does coffee create addiction?
There are some studies that say that coffee creates some dependency, but this fact is not firmly established. If it causes dependence, it will be bearable, and it will not be at all like dependence on other substances.

4. Does caffeine improve children's attention?
This fact, that coffee improves concentration, has long been used by students.

5. Does caffeine increase heart rate?
Yes. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid it in people who suffer from some heart rhythm disturbances. The truth is that coffee raises the heart rate for a few minutes; that is: its effect is reversible.

6. Is coffee bad for the stomach
It depends. It is true that it provides some acidity. If it is consumed in isolation, and in relation to its consumption we feel bad, it is best to stop taking it like this, and accompany it with other foods.

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