A recent study published in the June issue of Pediatrics revealed that teens are consuming less soda, but drinking more sports drinks. Comparing U.S. high school students in 2010 and 2015, the percentage of students that consumed sports drinks increased from 56 percent to 57.6 percent. Interestingly, the amount of soda consumed decreased.
Sports drinks contain sugar, carbohydrates, electrolytes, and flavoring and are intended to replenish electrolytes and water lost through exercise. Most teens do not exercise hard enough to need electrolyte replenishment and the drinks add unwanted calories and sugar to their diets. The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to recommend that water is the better beverage to drink.
The take home message is, like soda, limit sports drinks for kids. It doesn’t mean that they can never have it, but rather that it shouldn’t be a consistent part of any child’s diet. For more child-related health information, visit kids.mountnittany.org.
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