American Academy of Pediatrics weighs in on sports drinks

Posted at 7:25 AM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 07:25:17-04

When kids are playing sports they'll often reach for a Gatorade or Powerade. But new research suggests they should look for other options.

The American Academy of Pediatrics found the average child doesn't exercise enough to need the large amount of sugar and calories in each sports drink.

Instead they suggest sticking with water, because the average kid doesn't get the level of physical activity that requires the electrolyte replenishment that sports drinks offer.