Plain Water Better For Kids Than Energy, Sports Drinks
June 1, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says energy drinks are not appropriate for children and adolescents. The report also said sports drinks are rarely needed by kids; for simple rehydration, water is best.
“For most children engaging in routine physical activity, plain water is best,” said Holly J. Benjamin, M.D., FAAP, a member of the executive committee of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. “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.”
“There is a lot of confusion about sports drinks and energy drinks, and adolescents are often unaware of the differences in these products,” said Marcie Beth Schneider, M.D., FAAP, a member of the AAP Committee on Nutrition and co-author of the report.
“Some kids are drinking energy drinks — containing large amounts of caffeine — when their goal is simply to rehydrate after exercise. This means they are ingesting large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants, which can be dangerous.”