Does coffee really stunt kids’ growth? | Live Science


One reason coffee isn’t usually given to kids may be the widely held belief that the caffeinated beverage can stunt children’s growth. But is there any truth to this idea?

The answer is a resounding “no”: There’s no evidence that coffee or caffeine stunts childhood growth and development.

Instead, a person’s height is largely governed by other factors. For example, hundreds of genes so far identified are thought to be responsible for approximately 16% of a person’s adult height.

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