August 25, 2022 13:00
Coffee drinks sold in supermarkets and convenience stores contain unhealthy amounts of caffeine, sugar and saturated fat. Some contain way more than the daily recommended amounts of caffeine for children and teenagers.
The Korea Consumer Agency tested 23 popular coffee drinks and found that a can of Americano-style beverage contains 92 mg of caffeine on average, while a latte-style beverage contains 150 mg.
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety recommends that children and teens to consume no more than 2.5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight, while the recommended amount for adults is 400 mg. That means a teenager weighing 50 kg should drink no more than 125 mg of caffeine a day.
"Children and teens consume more than the recommended intake of caffeine by drinking just one coffee beverage a day," a spokesman said.
The beverages also contain lots of sugar. One Americano coffee beverage contains on average 10 g of sugar and a latte beverage 18 g. The amount of saturated fat varies, but if the drink is milky it can contain up to 5.1 g of saturated fat. The daily recommended intake amount of saturated fat is 15 g.
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