Unless Your Kid Is In An Extreme Athlete Playing In A Heat Wave, Lay Off The Gatorade

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New research suggests kids actually don't need sports and energy drinks to function. A study in Pediatrics says:

Given the current epidemic of childhood overweight and obesity, we recommend the elimination of calorie-containing beverages from a well-balanced diet, with the exception of low-fat or fat-free milk, because it contains calcium and vitamin D, which are particularly important for young people.

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The report says the caffeine found in energy drinks could be harmful to kids, but child athletes may benefit from an occasional sports drink when they've spent a long time on a hot, humid field. This news may go over better with kids if scientists can get pro athletes to douse their coaches in low-fat milk.

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onestrawplz
onestrawplz

Yeah, my mom packed Gatorade for me back when I played basketball and lacrosse, but I never drank it just because.

But why the obsession with low-fat/fat-free milk? To me, anything less than 2% milk tastes watery. I don't drink much milk (I typically buy soy milk, not cow milk), but if I put milk in my coffee or something, I use 2% or whole. I was under the impression that milkfat is mostly good for you. Obviously if you're drinking like 3 cups a day you might have a problem, but fat in moderation is good for you, and helps to keep you feeling full.