Kids and energy drinks
7 Healthcast: Kids and energy drinks
But a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics finds many teens are confused about the best ways to re-hydrate and are turning to high-caffeine energy drinks instead of water or even sports drinks like Gatorade.
Pediatricians say the high levels of caffeine and other stimulants found in energy drinks can be addictive and may lead to increased heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety.
Experts say even sports drinks should be used only in very rare instances -- for those high-level athletes who are exercising for more than an hour.
For the vast majority of kids, sports drinks simply translate into unnecessary calories and sugar -- contributing to obesity and tooth decay.
The American Beverage Association agrees with the new report, saying that while sports drinks have their place on the playing field, energy drinks are not meant for young consumers.
It may not be as splashy or colorful -- but experts say the best -- and healthiest -- way to re-hydrate is good old fashioned water.
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