The seemingly innocuous coffee flavored milk, a favorite among children and adults alike is found to contain harmful caffeine levels, double the amount found in energy drinks.
Some of the iced coffee varieties have three times the caffeine found in a normal cup of coffee, researchers from Griffith University said after conducting tests on more than 20 varieties of iced coffee-flavored milk.
The National Health and Medical Research Council has issued a warning to parents against allowing children to consume caffeinated drinks, known to cause a host of problems such as sleep disturbances, bedwetting, and anxiety.
Researcher Ben Desbrow said, "A lot of people think it is better for you because it is milk-based. But actually it is worse. Caffeine in iced coffee is considered a natural ingredient so manufacturers are not required to disclose the level of caffeine on the label."