Dentists routinely caution patients about the over-consumption of soda pop, juice and sports drinks that pack little if any nutritional value and take a toll on teeth.
Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is taking aim at sports drinks, saying that in most cases, kids don’t need them. http://www.aapd.org/media/Policies_Guidelines/P_RecDietary.pdf#xml=http://pr-dtsearch001.americaneagle.com/service/search.asp?cmd=pdfhits&DocId=406&Index=F%3a%5cdtSearch%5caapd%2eorg&HitCount=7&hits=f1+f6+f7+f8+fc+fe+448+&hc=213&req=sports+drinks
Sports drinks can be helpful for young athletes engaged in prolonged, vigorous physical activities, but in most cases they are unnecessary on the sports field or in the school lunchroom.
“For most children engaging in routine physical activity, plain water is best,” said Holly J. Benjamin, M.D., a member of the executive committee of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and report co-author. “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 low-fat milk with meals. Sports drinks are not recommended as beverages to have with meals.”