Brenda H., Nyack, New York
Sports drinks are a little different. They generally contain electrolytes and minerals like calcium and potassium that are lost when you sweat. But many also contain sucrose, fructose, bad-for-you-HFCS and plain old cane sugar in quantities that are way, way above what the body needs. So skip the sports drinks that contain sugar unless you’re doing more than two hours of continuous physical activity. Here’s what we recommend:
Drink water throughout the day; coaches should schedule regular water breaks every 15 or 20 minutes depending on the heat. And to make sure your son gets the electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, chloride, etc.) he needs, serve a breakfast of 100 percent whole grains, lean protein and fresh fruit (bananas are great), and provide him with snacks like no-sugar-added natural peanut butter, nuts, bananas, celery, fresh fruit and vegetable juice. Sugar-free sports drinks will keep him hydrated for activities that take less than two hours of continuous physical activity.