Q: Should high school canteens sell coffee to students?
A: No. Most coffee drinks exceed the caffeine criteria and are categorised as red. Caffeine can be detrimental to adolescent health.
- Caffeine can create behavioral problems, including hyperactivity, restlessness and inability to concentrate
- As a stimulant, caffeine has the potential to curb appetite. Adolescents gain half of their adult weight in their teenage years, so caffeine has the potential to affect growth
- Adolescents need 9 to 10 hours sleep per night. Caffeine can last in the body for up to eight hours, contributing to sleep loss
- Caffeine is a diuretic. Increased urination causes the loss of calcium from the body, which can lead to bone loss.
The Star Choice™ Buyer’s Guide includes an iced coffee flavoured milk drink that can be sold in WA school canteens as it contains minimal caffeine. Canteens using barista style machines can use decaffeinated coffee beans.