Caffeine common in kids, young adults; mainly soda

LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer Published:

CHICAGO -- A new study says nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine.

For most, it comes from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source.

That's according to a government analysis of national health surveys from 1999 through 2010.

The research shows even most preschoolers consume some caffeine-containing products. But their average was the amount found in half a can of soda, and young kids' overall caffeine intake fell during the decade.

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