Study: Energy drinks dangerous for kids

May 30, 2011 1:45:47 PM PDT
Doctors warn sports and energy drinks are dangerous for kids even though they are often marketed toward young people, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A new study finds energy drinks containing stimulants don't belong in a young person's diet.

As for sports drinks which replace electrolytes and carbohydrates lost in sweat during athletics, the authors recommend only limited use in combination with water during strenuous physical activity.

Routine use of sports drinks can cause high blood pressure, anxiety, weight gain and tooth decay. They emphasize water should be the main source of hydration for children and adolescents.

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