Thanks to good marketing skills, sports drinks are accepted by consumers & parents as the best beverage to drink when competing in sports events. Sadly this is not the case and if you study the label the next time you purchase a sport drink you will see why. Your main source of energy in a typical sports drink is refined sugar and caffeine, as well as also containing artificial colourants and flavourants. This kind of energy is short-lived and will also have a negative effect on your child’s health.
The best option when your child is competing in physical activities is good old fashioned water and plenty of it, 100% pure, sugar-free fruit juices or coconut water. You can also add sugar-free dried fruits or bananas for instant energy before an event.