The British Dental Journal reports that the rise in the consumption of sports drinks like Gatorade among children is having a negative impact on their dental health.
As the hot summer days continue, many children are outside in the punishing sun playing physically demanding sports and games that leave them dehydrated.
The Journal says that while sports drinks are one way to rehydrate, they are not the best. Most sports drinks have too much fructose sugar in them, which in turn encourages dental caries in children between the ages of 5 and 17.
When children become dehydrated, the Journal recommends giving them a homemade sports drink that is made up of a quart of purified water, one tablespoon of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and 4 tablespoons of wild honey. The drink should be made ahead of time and allowed to become very chilled prior to serving.
The Journal also says that children should be heavily discouraged from the use of energy drinks, as their sugar content is usually extremely high.