Pediatricians Give Sports/Energy Drinks Thumbs Down, Water Thumbs Up
True Lemon, True Lime and True Orange lovers: give yourself a big pat on the back! Because way before the country’s national pediatric organization came out on May 31st with a first-time ever warning against letting kids drink sodas and sports drinks, you realized that water is what your body really needs! Big ups, people!
Here’s what the report said: “Rigorous review and analysis of the literature reveal that caffeine and other stimulant substances contained in energy drinks have no place in the diet of children and adolescents. Furthermore, frequent or excessive intake of caloric sports drinks can substantially increase the risk for overweight or obesity in children and adolescents.”
BOOM! Take that, drink manufacturers who target kids!
They went on: “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.”
And by the way, True Citrus lovers, you were also ahead of ABC news, which jumped on the no-sports drink story and finally interviewed a dietitian, Tara Harwood, who explained the benefits of water drinking and clued them into True Citrus. She recommended “sweetening (water) with some lemon juice or lime juice, or even now they sell packets of True Lemon, True Lime and True Orange, some different flavoring packets that have no calories, no sugar and no artificial sweeteners either so you can add it to the drink and give it a little bit of flavor." Sweet! Thanks Tara!
We’re definitely happy that doctors agree with us that a lot of water with a little natural flavor is all our bodies need, and that pediatricians will now tell parents that growing bodies and teeth can actually be harmed by extra sugar, caffeine and artificial ingredients. Welcome to the True Citrus family, American Academy of Pediatrics!
But most of all, we’re thrilled that this report will help a lots of kids live healthier lives from now on!
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