Add caffeine to the list of things boys and girls react differently to.
New research shows that once a child hits puberty, caffeine begins to affect males and females differently, impacting boys' hearts more. The study was conducted by researchers at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York and the findings were published in the journal Pediatrics.
While it's not clear why exactly the genders react differently, the results of the study were somewhat alarming as children were reportedly impacted by low doses of caffeine.
The FDA announced last year it would start to look into the safety of added caffeine in products for youth and with energy drinks continuing to grow in popularity, caffeine concerns in youth are ever-prominent. Currently, it is not required that caffeine amounts be included in a product's food label because it is found naturally in tea leaves and coffee beans, making it an ingredient rather than a drug.
About four of five cups of coffee is typically not considered to be dangerous for adults, but the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend caffeine consumption in children and young adults.
Whether the results of the most recent study hold true across all races and class levels remains to be seen, but the initial findings do provide some new insight into the potential impacts of caffeine.