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7 'Healthy' Drinks for Kids ... That Aren't

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Sports Drinks

Offering sports drinks in hotter climates may make sense, to help replace electrolytes lost through exercise, says clinical specialist dietician Daina Kalnins, MSc., RD, author of Better Food for Kids and Better Baby Food. But the high sugar content makes sports drinks a high-calorie, enamel damaging beverage. Alternatively, Kalnins suggests making your own, nutritious beverages using "juices with a little salt added, fruit smoothies with or without yogurt, and water with lemon, lime, or cucumber added."