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Caffeine, Taurine, and Teenagers

How does the caffeine and taurine we drink everyday affect us?
When students wake up at 6 A.M. it’s hard to get up and moving without a boost. Many students, including me, stop at Aroma Joe’s or Dunkin to grab a “pick me up”. But how dangerous is that daily stop? What are we really drinking?
After polling a population of twenty students at Oxford Hills, students reported consuming on average about 2.4 drinks which include taurine and caffeine per week.
Taurine is an amino acid naturally occurring in meat, fish, dairy products and human milk, and it's also available as a dietary supplement. In small amounts it’s ok! However taurine is the main ingredient in our favorite energy drinks. It is put into energy drinks as a way to get the consumers blood pumping. The amounts in drinks range from 20-2,000 mg. This “drug” is not approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) and is harmful to your health in large amounts.
Caffeine is a whole other issue. A large coffee at Dunkin Donuts ha…

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