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Should my child drink water or sports drinks when exercising?

Water is almost always the preferred fluid for a child to drink when exercising. Sports drinks contain electrolytes that help with rehydration. However, they are also filled with sugars, which increase your child's risk for obesity and diabetes. Professional athletes lose many more electrolytes and calories; therefore, sports drinks benefit them. For non-professional athletes, water is better.

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