New study says teens should limit consumption of sports drinks

Posted at 8:32 AM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 11:15:35-04

You may want to limit the number of sports drinks your child consumes.

A new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics says that teens don't need the extra calories and sugar in beverages like Gatorade and Powerade.

Most teens don't get enough exercise, according to the study, so they don't need the added sugar in sports drinks. Teens also don't need to drink sports drinks to replenish electrolytes. 

In a survey of 22,000 high school students, it was found that the number of teens consuming sports drinks in 2015 increased to 57 percent. That's up from 56 percent in 2010.

Additionally, the study found that teens who tend to watch more than two hours of television a day usually drink more sports drinks. 

Doctors say it's best for teens to stick to drinking water.