After recently watching a child inhale a 16oz bottle of Mountain Dew while his younger brother drank a Redbull, I had to do some research. I am not sure of their exact ages, but I know that the kids could have been no older than 11. After another parent on the team said something, I began to think.
The mother’s reasons for letting her children drink high sugar and energy drinks, was that they are young and will work it off, and that it made them pay attention. After about 30 minutes, there was no paying attention going on. They were running around for sure, but did their running around even burn off the sugars from the drink?
Children do not need caffeine. It only puts stress on their hearts. I would like to see how much stress was being put on those to kids hearts, because I know that this week wasn’t the first time they had does drink. Caffeine also increase their blood pressure and effects their sleeping habits. Sports drink should also be watched. Those are okay when playing a sport a long period of time or extremely hot conditions.
Please pay attention to the sugar and the calories on the drinks that you give your children. As we all know, water is the best drink for them to have, but just like us, we like to drink other things. I’m a lover of lemonade. I will order it everywhere I go, and drink more than one glass, but I realized that those calories add up and so does the sugar.
Have a wonderful weekend gamers!
Source: Yahoo Health