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Sport Drinks And Energy Drinks - What Is The Difference?

Maggie LaBarbera • RN, MBA • Aug 14, 2012

There is a great deal of discussion about sports drinks and energy drinks.  Some of these drinks are being advertised for children.  

The American Academy Of Pediatrics has released a recommendation for parents:

"Children do not need sports drinks and energy drinks.  In fact, the AAPA has advised parents not to give these drinks at all to their children."


Understanding the Difference Between Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks

Sports drinks are beverages that may contain carbohydrates, minerals, energy drinkselectrolytes, and flavoring and are intended to replenish water and electrolytes lost through sweating during exercise.  This drink is really for high performance athletes.  Most children are not training at a high performance athletes and do not require this type of hydration.  Water is the best hydration for children after they exercise.

Energy drinks also contain substances that act as non-nutritive stimulants, such as caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng, L-carnitine, creatine, and/or glucuronolactone, with purported ergogenic or performance enhancing effects.  Some of these chemicals can be harmful to children.









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Written by Maggie LaBarberaWritten on Aug 14, 2012Last updated on Oct 16, 2013




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