Thursday, September 22, 2011

Energy Drinks Losing Steam in Baseball

Much has been written about the negative effects of energy drinks on young athletes. Their generally high levels of caffeine and carbohydrates have caused many experts to steer kids away from them.

While sports drinks work to hydrate the body, energy drinks can dehydrate an athlete. This has caused several professional baseball clubs to discourage their players from using energy drinks as a way to prep themselves for play, according to this USA Today article. Energy drinks are not considered performance enhancing drugs, nor are they on MLB's banned substances list, but their dehydration effects are alarming to many teams.

Perhaps pro ballplayers should at least pair that Red Bull with a tall glass of milk  It is not only considered to be healthier, but studies indicate that milk surprisingly hydrates the youngest athletes even better than water itself.

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