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Energy drinks may be harmful to children's dental health
Updated: 6/28/2011 6:59:58 PM

Energy drinks may harm dental health, the ADA warns Energy and sports drinks that contain added sugars have been under much scrutiny and now, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a statement discouraging the consumption of these beverages by children, according to a recent article published by the American Dental Association (ADA).

The ADA explained that energy drinks may contribute to cavity formation and that they should be avoided because they do not offer any nutritional benefits. However, sports drinks may be consumed in moderation since they replace electrolytes and some nutrients that are lost when physically active kids sweat.

"Sports drinks contain extra calories that children don’t need and could contribute to obesity and tooth decay. It’s better for children to drink water during and after exercise, and to have the recommended intake of juice and low-fat milk with meals," said one of the report's co-authors, Holly J. Benjamin, quoted by the organization.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a total of 42 percent of U.S. children have dental caries in their primary teeth.

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