Kids Trade In Soda For Sports Drinks
Soda consumption is low, but the increase in energy drinks is of concern, doctors say
There’s a new bad habit in town, and it’s taking over your children. Perhaps that was a little too much, but seriously, just take a look around, you’re guaranteed to spot at least one 4-foot something with a Frappuccino or Red Bull in hand.
It may have something to do with the amount of sugar these caffeine-packed drinks contain. In fact, Starbucks coffee contains 21 mg of caffeine per ounce with Red Bul1 at 10 mg per ounce. That’s a whole ‘lot of sugar!
The study published in the journal Pediatrics discovered that the number of children drinking coffee has increased from 10 percent in 1999 to 24 percent in 2010, which has doctors concerned.
“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.” said Dr. Marcie Beth Schneider, MD, FAAP, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Fellow Doctor Holly J. Benjamin also concluded, “For most children engaging in routine physical activity, plain water is best. 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.”
So the next time your little one works up a sweat on the field or playground, grab a bottle of water instead!