09/29/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A new study suggests that teens consider sports drinks a healthy beverage due to their connection with physical activity. As reported by HealthDay News, researchers found in a study on students in Texas that those who consumed sports drinks had a higher likelihood of exercising and eating healthier foods.
Lead researcher Nalini Ranjit, an assistant professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Austin, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “Adolescents and their parents need to be educated that consumption of large amounts of flavored and sports beverages is not consistent with a healthy lifestyle.”
“Adolescents who engage in an otherwise reasonably healthy lifestyle with lots of physical activity and a healthy diet still consume large amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages in the form of flavored and sports beverages… We believe that this is due to successful marketing that has led consumers to see these beverages as healthy.”
More information about the study may be available in the online publication of Pediatrics.
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