The truth about teens and energy drinks
The truth about teens and energy drinks - ChildrensMD
A previous study by Sylvetsky and colleagues found that children and teens frequently consume low-calorie sweeteners, not only in diet sodas but also in a variety of reduced calorie juice and sports drinks, as well as food and snack items. The study found the consumption of low-calorie sweeteners jumped by percent in children and teens from to Yet despite the rise in their popularity, researchers still do not know how these sweeteners affect total energy intake or if they are helpful for weight management as they are intended to be. To find out more, Sylvetsky and her colleagues looked at dietary recalls collected from 7, children and teens enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from until Kids and teens reported what they ate and drank during a hour period. The research team zeroed in on the reported consumption of sweetened beverages -- those with low-calorie sweeteners and those with sugar. Kids and teens who reported drinking low-calorie sweetened beverages, such as a diet soda, not only ingested extra calories compared to water consumers, but they also took in more calories from added sugars in foods and beverages compared to water consumers, the team found.
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January 25, Parents who give their teens alcohol, even to teach them how to drink responsibly, are more likely to do harm than good, according to a six-year study in Australia, published Thursday. Mattick and colleagues monitored nearly 2, teens aged 12 to 18 in three Australian cities, along with their parents, over a six year period, with participants completing detailed questionnaires every year. At the start—when the teenagers were 13 years old on average—only 15 percent accessed alcohol from their parents. By the end, when they were nearly 18, some 57 percent did so.
Sports and energy drinks can include anything from sports beverages to vitamin waters to highly caffeinated drinks. They all have added ingredients that say they "do" something extra, such as increase energy and alertness, boost nutrition, or even enhance athletic performance. Sports and energy drinks are everywhere, so you need to decide if they're right for you.