Sean Van Staden
Columnist
4 minute read
13 Jun 2021
8:30 am

Some healthy advice: Please ditch the sports energy drinks

Sean Van Staden

You must ask the question as to why parents have been led to believe it is essential to consume energy or sports drinks during or after a game.

Have you ever asked yourself why sports energy drinks are actually so popular, considering they are packed with sugar? Picture: iStock

In a world where sugar is more freely available than cocaine and possibly more addictive, it is no wonder this legal substance finds its way into homes, tuckshops and energy drinks. Thanks to unregulated sponsorships, sugar-pushing companies are sponsoring youth sport at a high rate due to two main reasons. Firstly, it is to get children addicted to their product and secondly, to indoctrinate them into believing that it is essential for performance. Sugar test An experiment by graduated students Magalie Lenoir and her colleagues at the University of Bordeaux in France sent the scientific world on a high when...