Children ‘don’t need’ energy drinks

15 December 2012

Children and young people should not consume energy drinks and sports drinks, a new study has advised.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has warned that such drinks, which it says is heavily advertised towards this demographic, contain substances that are potentially harmful.

In its report, entitled Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks for Children and Adolescents: Are They Appropriate, the AAP explained that there are differences between these two types of drinks, which are often banded together.

Sports drinks are intended to replace water and electrolytes that are naturally lost through sweating during physical activity. Energy drinks meanwhile contain los of caffeine and other substances not found in sports drinks.

“For most children engaging in routine physical activity, plain water is best,” stated  Holly J. Benjamin, a member of the executive committee of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, and a co-author of the study.

“Sports drinks contain extra calories that children don’t need, and could contribute to obesity and tooth decay. It’s better for children to drink water during and after exercise, and to have the recommended intake of juice and low-fat milk with meals. Sports drinks are not recommended as beverages to have with meals.”

Posted by Philip Briggs

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