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CWH Sports Drinks FAQ Sheet

CWH Sports Drinks FAQ Sheet

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SportsDrinks
For more information on the
Dr. Robert C. and VeronicaAtkins
Center for Weight &Health, UC Berkeley
www.cnr.berkeley.edu/cwh510-642-2915
Frequently Asked Questions
about
Sports Drinks
With answers from researchers at the
Center for Weight & Health,
U.C. Berkeley
Parents, coaches, and physical education instructors oftenask about the value of sports drinks. Research shows thatwater is the best drink for children during the school dayand at most sports practices. Water doesn’t containunnecessary calories or artificial sweeteners and childrendon’t need the extra electrolytes and minerals that sportsdrinks may provide.
I coach a soccer team for children under 10years old, and they sweat a lot. Isn’t Gatoradeor Powerade the best drink for after practice
?
For most young children in sports, water is the bestway to rehydrate
(restore water). Research shows thateven when children exercise vigorously -- running nonstopfor an entire hour -- water is just as good at adding backthe fluids they need while keeping their electrolytes (forexample, salt) in balance.
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And water doesn’t increaselevels of sugar in the blood the way that sports drinkscan.
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Children get plenty of electrolytes from the foodthey eat, so during the school day and at most practices,sports drinks don’t provide any extra benefit over water.
 
Center Information Sheet
Center for Weight & Health
Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins
 
SportsDrinks
Aren’t sports drinks and juice a lot healthier thansoda? And what about Vitamin Water and newsports drinks like Propel, with lower sugar?
Water is the best drink for children. Soda, sports drinks,and nearly all fruit juices provide a lot of extra sugar thatchildren don’t need. Many fruit juices have addedsweeteners and are processed so that little to no nutritionalvalue remains. While some juices provide vitamins, even100% juice has the same number of calories as soda so it’sbetter to get the vitamins from fresh fruit. Sports drinks alsocontain sweeteners and a lot of calories. Those caloriesadd up: a student who drinks one 20-oz sports drink everyday for a year could gain about 13 extra pounds! Also,many sports drinks contain high fructose corn syrup (alsothe main sweetener in soda), which may be linked toincreased rates of obesity.
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While manufacturers aredeveloping products with lower sugar content, they arereplacing the sugar with artificial sweeteners such asSucralose that have no nutritional value. Studies suggestthat artificial sweeteners may increase people’s taste forsweets
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and even lead people to eat more afterexercising.
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My kids love sports drinks and other sugary drinks.How do I get them to stop nagging me for them?
It can be difficult to resist the pressure of advertising. Softdrink companies spend over 2 billion dollars each yearadvertising their products, with
over 200 million dollars
dedicated to selling sports drinks.
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You can explain to yourchild that sports drinks are similar to soda.
Even if yourchild is thin, the empty calories and refined sugar insports drinks aren’t healthy.
Talk to other parents aboutyour concerns and work with schools and sports teams topromote healthy drinks and snacks such as water, nonfat orlowfat milk, fresh fruit, cut up vegetables, unbutteredpopcorn, or nuts.
 
If professional athletes are promoting anddrinking sports drinks, shouldn’t my kids? I wantthem to be able to do their best. So why notdrink what the pros drink?
In 5
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out of 6
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studies, trained athletes performed just aswell with water as with sports drinks during intense exerciseof less than one hour. With exercise beyond an hour,athletes may improve certain types of extreme activities—like their sprint times – with sports drinks rather than water.
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Sports drinks may be appropriate for children in competitivesports when exercising intensely for more than one hour.But
during the school day and at most sports practices,water is the best drink for children
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Is it OK to have sports drinks and other sugareddrinks once in awhile? How often is OK?
The drinking of sugared beverages has increased 500%over the last 50 years. Today the average American drinks
50 gallons
of soda each year,
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which is equal to about75,000 calories per year! Soda and sports drinks provideno nutritional benefits to children and may contribute toobesity.
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Sports drinks are not okay even once or twice aweek at practice or games -- it’s recommended thatchildren do not drink any sports drinks or other sweetenedbeverages on a regular basis. There will undoubtedly beevents or parties where these will be the only drinkoptions, but it would be better not to make these drinkspart of the normal routine.
My kids don’t like water and hate drinking out of the water fountains at school. They’ll hardlyeven drink bottled water. How do I get them todrink the water they need?
Studies have shown that when kids are playing activelythey will drink enough water if it’s made available insteadof sweetened sports drinks.
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There are special organs inthe body that sense when fluid is low and stimulate thirstcenters in the brain to make us drink. During almost allactivities, children will drink enough water to meet thebody’s needs.

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