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Sports drinks may have adverse effects on teens’ dental health

Happy family on bikes in autumn park, having funHigh numbers of younger teenagers are risking tooth decay and obesity by regularly having high-sugar sport drinks.

– BBC News

A recent survey found that out of one hundred and sixty teenagers, almost 90% had consumed sports drinks, with half of them drinking these drinks at least twice a week.

Most sports drinks have high levels of sugars and acids – both of which can cause damage to the surfaces of teeth leading to tooth decay. Sugary drinks are also full of empty calories: full of energy, but lacking in nutrients, which can cause weight gain and possible obesity in later life.

Keep in mind that the healthiest drink to get you hydrated before, during, or after exercise is good old tap water.

For more information on the possible ramifications of sports drinks, read the full article here.