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Exercise caution with sports, energy drinks

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This article may not be popular with approximately 100 percent of the adolescents I know.
To get right to the point, a rigorous review of the medical literature over a nine-year period resulted in a recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which stated that caffeine and other stimulants have no place in the diets of children and adolescents.
Sports drinks and energy drinks are big business worldwide. They are aggressively marketed towards children and adolescents, often for a variety of inappropriate uses.
A separate study showed that many teens did not know the difference between these two types of drinks, yet they are clearly not the same product.
Sports drinks are flavored beverages that contain water, carbohydrates, electrolytes, minerals and sometimes vitamins.
From their name, energy drinks imply calories, but actually contain stimulants, most often caffeine. In some popular brands, it is not clear what the exact caffeine content is and there is a startlingly wide range available, from the equivalent of two to 14 cokes per serving!


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