Dairy groups push coffee in schools to boost milk consumption

A dairy group gave a North Dakota school a $5,000 grant to buy an espresso machine that uses 530 gallons of milk per year...all so more milk can be consumed.

However, the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages caffeine consumption among children, citing potentially harmful effects on developing bodies.

UTHealth School of Public Health registered dietitian Shannon Weston said caffeine can also be disruptive to young people's sleep.

"The American Academy of Pediatrics does discourages caffeine consumption in children and teens, mostly because of cardiovascular concerns," said Weston. "Prior research has shown that caffeine increases blood pressure and reduces heartrate in kids and teens."

Weston said teens need foods high in calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin D like cheese, yogurt, almonds, beans, lentils and eggs. Also, exercise and sunlight also help increase bone development.

Kelsey Seybold’s Dr. Pam Sanders advocates that to get milk, children should...shocker...drink milk

"For younger kids two eight ounce servings a day, for our adolescents, three to four (ounces) of milk," said Sanders. "I'm not so sure that kids are really getting large amounts of milk in that way.”

She said adding sugar and creamer to coffee adds up to wasted calories and fat.

Plus, coffee is not a fix for sleep deprivation.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which sets rules for schools participating in its meal programs, insists high schools can sell espresso drinks that are no bigger than 12 ounces, and that are made with fat-free or one percent milk.

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