Under 18? Avoid sports drinks and energy drinks

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against caffeine consumption for children and teens because of potentially harmful effects from the mild stimulant, including increases in heart rate and blood pressure, and worsening anxiety in those with anxiety disorders.

The World Health Organization (WHO) called energy drinks a “danger to public health,” especially among young people.

WHO health officials are concerned with the beverages because they can be consumed quickly, unlike hot coffee, and can lead to caffeine intoxication.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against caffeine consumption for children and teens because of potentially harmful effects from the mild stimulant, including increases in heart rate and blood pressure, and worsening anxiety in those with anxiety disorders.

The World Health Organization (WHO) called energy drinks a “danger to public health,” especially among young people.

WHO health officials are concerned with the beverages because they can be consumed quickly, unlike hot coffee, and can lead to caffeine intoxication.

Energy drinks can contain pharmaceutical-grade caffeine and additional caffeine from natural sources – this is why kids’ hearts race and their blood pressure levels climb.

Some beverages contain up to 400 milligrams of caffeine in a can or bottle – a cup of coffee contains about 150 milligrams in comparison.

Sports drinks contain electrolytes and other minerals, but that’s not what’s worrisome to the pediatricians. It’s the sugar content, once again.

“They’re high in sugar which could lead to children being overweight. It contributes to obesity and dental caries,” Pound said.

“The vast majority of kids doing regular sporting activity don’t need sports drinks. Water does the trick for rehydration,” Pound said.

“Sports drinks are functional beverages that help people hydrate before, during and after vigorous exercise. They can provide nutrients and quickly replenish electrolytes and carbohydrates lost during physical activity or exposure to high temperatures. They are not intended to replace water as a source of hydration but are complimentary to the water that many athletes drink as well,” the CBA said in a statement.

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SOURCE: GLOBALNEWS

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