Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

What is the difference between energy drinks and sports drinks?

Sports drinks and energy drinks are very different, but they often can be confused, especially by teenagers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

An energy drink contains substances that act as stimulants, including caffeine, guarana and taurine, according to the AAP. Some energy drinks contain more than 500 mg of caffeine, which is about the amount of caffeine as in 14 cans of soda.

Sports drinks contain carbohydrates, minerals, electrolytes and flavoring. According to the AAP, sports drinks are supposed to replace water and electrolytes that have been lost through sweating.

For more information about the difference between energy drinks and sports drinks, talk with your physician.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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