Vita-Coffee for Kids?

Here’s the stupid item of the month. Let’s get kids hooked on folic acid-fortified coffee! ParentDish is all over this nonsense. Take a peek:
Voyava Republic has joined forces with the Mexican coffee producer La Selva to deliver folic acid-fortified coffee to underprivileged elementary school students in Chiapas, Mexico.


Apparently, many poor children in that state already drink one or more cups of coffee each day, so why not give them a little nutritional boost along with their caffeine? After all, folic acid is good for kids, right? Yeah, but coffee isn't.

"It doesn't seem like a good idea, given that coffee isn't an adequate drink for children," the Chiapas state health department said in a statement. "It's well known that high levels of caffeine can cause problems like nervousness, irritability and anxiety."
I weep for the children of Mexico.
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LLouise - December 3, 2007 5:36 PM

And as if Chiapas residents (and the land) haven't been ravaged enough already. And isn't it always the "underprivileged"? Nice experiment. Sigh...

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