A viral TikTok video shared by a Starbucks barista in early March revealed that workers fulfill Starbucks Refresher orders that parents place for their kids despite knowing the beverage contains caffeine.
The video has gone on to spark conversation about just how much caffeine kids and teens can have or whether they should be drinking caffeinated beverages at all.
Kelly Johnson-Arbor, of Falls Church, Virginia, a medical toxicology physician and medical director at the National Capital Poison Center, told Fox News Digital that parents and the public should be concerned about the amount of caffeine minors are consuming.
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“My kids are 10 and 12 years old, and are telling me that their friends at school bring in drinks that contain caffeine to drink,” Johnson-Arbor said. “This is a significant public health concern.”
Johnson-Arbor acknowledged that most health professionalsrecommend parents steer their children away from caffeine because …