Sports beverages with sugar are proving to be not so healthy as it was once believed. Researchers at the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas have suggested that children who extensively engage themselves into these drinks are putting their health at risk. "Children and parents associate these drinks with a healthy lifestyle despite their increased amount of sugar and lack of nutritional value," said Nalini Ranjit, principal investigator of the study. Researchers examined the association between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, unhealthy and healthy foods and physical activity levels of 8th and 11th grade students to determine the relationship between beverage consumption and other behaviours. Sugar-sweetened beverages are drinks that contain added caloric sweeteners such as sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, including a large variety of carbonated and noncarbonated drinks but excluding 100 percent fruit juice. "Sports drinks have been successfully marketed as beverages consistent with a healthy lifestyle, which has set them apart from sodas. "However they have minimal fruit juice and contain unnecessary calories," said Ranjit. Study results have suggested there is a popular misperception of flavoured and sports beverages being consistent with a healthy lifestyle, despite their sugary content. Researchers in the study found that 28 percent of Texas children are consuming sugar-sweetened beverages three or more times a day. Among boys, the average daily consumption of soda increased from 8th to 11th grade while consumption of non-carbonated flavored and sports beverages remained steady. Soda consumption in girls remained steady from 8th to 11th grade and consumption of non-carbonated flavored and sports beverages declined substantially. "High levels of consumption of these beverages have the potential to increase weight gain. "Drinking just one can of soda or other sugary beverage a day could lead to more than a 10-pound weight gain in a year," said Ranjit. The study would appear in the October issue of Pediatrics.Source: ANI << Unrelated Diseases in Research Participants may be Detected... Study Finds How Nerve Cells Regenerate After Injury >> Recommended Reading Food Additives A food additive is a non-nutritive substance added deliberately to any food product to improve its color, texture, flavor or shelf life READ MORE Explosion In Consumption Of Caffeinated Energy Drinks Triggers FDA Notice The US Food and Drug Administration's notice to manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages comes in the backdrop of an exponential explosion in the consumption of energy drinks. READ MORE US Kids and Teens Hooked on Sugar-sweetened Beverages A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has shown that kids and teens in the U. READ MORE Best Sports Supplements to Improve Athletes Performance Sports supplements are substances used to improve athletic performance. Read interesting information on sports foods, dietary supplements and ergogenic aids along with their benefits and side effects. READ MORE Diabetes Type 2 and Its Link to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to metabolic syndrome leading to higher risk for type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. READ MORE Energy Drinks – Power or Hype? Energy drinks come with the promise of giving a boost during a workout unlike anything an energy rich food can provide. This discussion will give an insight to the pros and cons of energy drinks. READ MORE Sugar: Time to Look beyond Its Sweetness Sugar is known to be the dietary cause for increased risk of several chronic ailments such as diabetes and cancer. Is it coincidence or is it for real? READ MORE Tips for Healthy Fasting During Ramadhan Ramadhan calls for a change in your food habits, and to help you glide through it easily, here we’ve put down some effective tips. Read on to know more. READ MORE World Cup 2014 Football Injuries World Cup Football 2014 has seen its share of injuries that are part and parcel of any sport, more so, a game like football. Know some details of the common injuries seen during a football game. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Drug - Food Interactions Blood - Sugar Chart More News on: Healthy LivingDiabetes Type 2 and Its Link to Sugar-Sweetened BeveragesSugar: Time to Look beyond Its SweetnessBest Sports Supplements to Improve Athletes PerformanceTop Nutrition Tips for a Marathon RunnerWorld Cup 2014 Football InjuriesTips for Healthy Fasting During RamadhanEnergy Drinks – Power or Hype?