Pediatricians have come out against children and adolescents using sports drinks and energy drinks as a form of rehydration after exercise. A new report published in the journal of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), states that these drinks, which often contain caffeine, guarana and taurine are linked with increased heart rate and sleep disturbances.
According to Dr. Marcie Beth Schneider, a member of the AAP Committee on Nutrition and co-author of the report states, “There is a lot of confusion about sports drinks and energy drinks, and adolescents are often unaware of the differences in these products.” Doctors are encouraging consumers to drink water to replenish fluids, and stating that obesity and tooth decay are linked with the extra sugar that is in the sports drinks and energy drinks. Another contributor to the report, Dr. Holly Benjamin, from the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, included, “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.”