Importance of Moderation in Energy & Sport Drinks

Many kids and adults love the taste of a cold Gatorade or Powerade during a hot day as an alternative for drinking sodas. Soda sales have even dropped as sales for sports and energy drinks have increased, mainly because people understand how sodas are part of the culprit in diabetes and obesity. What some people may not clearly understand is that it goes for any sugary drink. Without moderation almost anything in the world today can cause some type of health problem.

Sport Drinks

I knew of a few people that would let their kids drink Powerade or Gatorade throughout the day as if it was water, but they hadn’t broke a sweat all day. Sports drinks have a limited function when it comes to children and adolescent athletes. Consuming these drinks daily as a soda alternative or just for fun, can cause weight gain and tooth decay because they are heavy in carbohydrates. Sports drinks should only be used when they partake in vigorous sport participation or intense physical activities. Additionally, the carbohydrates can be beneficial to replenish energy stores when exercising for more than 90 min. If anything less than that, or less intense, encourage your kids to drink water throughout the day. Also be mindful that the youth learn from their environment, so try to lead by example.

Energy drinks

Then there’s energy drinks , which are usually high in caffeine and sugar that people mainly use during long work shifts or even an alcoholic mixer. Energy drinks also pose a health risk due to it being a stimulant, children should never consume energy drinks. Energy drinks carry large amounts of sugar and caffeine which give a temporary boost. Too much caffeine can lead to:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness

Energy drinks in moderation can be ok, but the amount of caffeine will differ with each brand. It’s best that people limit themselves to about 400 milligrams of caffeine in total, each day. If caffeine is used because someone is ran down, they need to adopt healthier ways to enhance energy. Try getting more sleep, taking naps on lunch breaks if possible, being more physically active and consuming more nutritious foods.

If these things don’t seem to help, the next best thing to do would be to consult with your doctor.

References:

Energy & sports drinks – are they really necessary? (2014, April 9). Retrieved July 14, 2019, from https://lovewhatyoueat.com.au/energy-sports-drinks-really-necessary/

Katherine Zeratsky, R. (2018, March 23). Love energy drinks? Know the side effects. Retrieved July 14, 2019, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/energy-drinks/faq-20058349


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