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Should kids drink enhanced water?

Many stores sell hip-looking bottles of water enhanced with vitamins, electrolytes, and other nutrients as well as a range of fancy ingredients. Are they worth the extra cost? Not really. Most nutrient-enhanced waters are basically liquid vitamin supplements plus a little added sugar, which can turn these beverages into a calorie-trap for kids. A single eight-ounce serving of some drinks has about 50 calories, but such beverages may be packaged in a bottle that contains 2 1/2 servings. If kids drink the entire bottle (as most kids do), they could easily drink 125 calories -- that’s the equivalent to the calories in a can of soda pop. As for the electrolytes in the enhanced water, kids do not really need them unless they are working out vigorously for more than an hour a day. While many nutrient-enhanced waters now come in calorie-free options, kids would be much better off drinking plain-old water and getting their extra nutrients and fluids from foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens

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Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens

In a world of fast food, supersized sodas, and televised temptations, this guide shows how to buck the obesity trend currently in the national spotlight—and have fun doing it. Using a family...
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There is no need for a kid to drink enhanced water for recreation, or any other reason. The exception is if he or she is sick and dehydrated. When a child is sick and is vomiting and/or has diarrhea enhanced water with electrolytes can help to replenish fluid balance.

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