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Report: Kids should stick to water, low-fat milk

From today’s Post: Most kids shouldn’t drink sports or energy drinks, says a new study from the journal Pediatrics. Because sports beverages have calories, kids should not consume them, writes Jennifer Huget in a Checkup blog post on the report. Written by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition and the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, the report also says children shouldn’t have energy drinks because they contain caffeine, a substance kids don’t need.

Elite athletes were an exception to these recommendations. “Sports drinks may have a place in hydrating elite child athletes who have long bouts of physical activity in hot, humid conditions. The athletes may need some help replenishing not only fluid but also electrolytes and carbohydrates,” says Huget.

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