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.