Claim: Caffeine linked to low birth weight babies

The Food Police have been pushing this junk for almost 40 years, but no joy. This study doesn’t cut it either. A complex health outcome — e.g., birth weight — cannot be studied with unreliable, self-reported and/or partial data.

“In fact they found that caffeine from all sources reduced birth weight. For a child of expected average weight (3.6kg) this equates to 21-28g lost per 100mg caffeine per day.” [EurekAlert]

4 Comments

  1. Most of my relatives in Italy are all tall. But then again, maybe their mothers didn’t drink coffee or tea when pregnant or breast-feeding.

  2. Weight decrease and length of pregnancy calibrated to caffeine intake. Including smoking contributions as part of the study. That certainly explains it all. I’m glad mom’s diet, level of activity and genetics do not contribute to with birth weight.

  3. “.A complex health outcome — e.g., birth weight — cannot be studied with unreliable, self-reported and/or partial data.” But apparently a complex global outcome, climate, can be.

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