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University at Buffalo: Researcher Posits Safe Levels of Teen Caffeine Use

Dr. University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions associate professor of nutrition, and director of UB’s Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory, recently offered expert opinion to a question submitted to The Conversation, on whether any level of caffeine is safe for teens to ingest.

Dr. Temple notes that, based on her longstanding research work, “I’m confident that one daily cup of coffee won’t harm kids over the age of 12 – as long as they avoid all other sources of caffeine.”

Dr. Temple leads students and staff in research broadly related to ingestive behavior. They study factors that influence the motivation to eat and drink, the relationship between food additives (primarily caffeine) and behavior, and individual difference characteristics that predict weight gain in children, adolescents, and adults. Temple currently has funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study the impact of caffeine use on behavior, physiology and mood in children and adolescents. She also has done extensive work on motivation to eat, including characterizing difference in lean and obese individuals in patterns of responding for food that predict later weight gain.

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