Sports and Energy Drinks for Children?-Art of Cosmetic Dentistry Buckhead

With soda consumption on the decline it would seem that we are all making healthier beverage choices, but the downfall of soda has been coupled with the rise of energy and sports drinks. A report by the American Academy of Pediatrics indicates that they are not good choices for children. Energy drinks contain stimulants like caffeine, guarana, and taurine which are inappropriate for children and teenagers. These energy drinks are deceptive also because they are not designed to hydrate. Sports drinks are high in carbohydrates which contribute to obesity in children. The only time that these drinks would be appropriate is if a child has participated in sustained physical activity, and has perspired extensively. They also are frequently acidic in nature which contributes to tooth decay. The most appropriate beverage choice is still water, preferably from a faucet so that they benefit from the fluoride.