As the fall months start to arrive, many of our children are back to their schools team sports. As they head to the gym or out onto the field, they often bring along a beverage to stay energized and hydrated. In many cases, this beverage is a fruity, sugary sports drink. While these drinks contain electrolytes and do keep them hydrated and in the game, please ask yourself at what cost? We at Scripps Rock Dental have a few facts and some tips to keep you and your children hydrated and energized!
Most sports drinks do have a few essential ingredients. They can help keep them on the go and help to continue their practice or competition by providing them with replacement fluids, electrolytes, proteins and even carbs. While this gives these drinks an advantage over the traditional, tasteless water, they are often packed with food coloring, sugar and artificial sweeteners. Such ingredients can lead directly to tooth decay, cavities and stained enamel.
Some of the most popular sports drinks contain up to 42 grams of sugar per serving. These beverages are considered one of the leading causes of tooth erosion and damage to the roots of teeth.
A great alternative to these sports drinks is water or seltzer garnished with fruit! This is a clean, refreshing drink that doesn’t contain any artificial coloring, flavoring, sugar or additives. It will keep you and your sports participants on the go!
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