School Stock Fewer Sodas, But Other Sugary Drinks Persist

Fewer schools are selling high-sugar, empty-calorie sodas on their premises, but many still stock other, equally unhealthy drinks, Reuters reported Aug. 7.

Around 55 percent of middle-school students and 83 percent of high-school students could still purchase sugary sports drinks like Powerade and Gatorade on school property in the 2010–2011 school year, researchers from the University of Michigan say. That’s down from 72 percent of middle schoolers and 90 percent of high schoolers who could purchase such beverages in 2006-2007, but still far too high, experts say.

Sports drinks, which are often full of sugar, offer few exercise benefits, studies show.

The problem is that “in general, people still perceive sports drinks as a health option for kids,” lead author Yvonne Terry-McElrath says.

The study appears online in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

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