With flavors like Cool Blue, Blackout Berry, Lemon-Lime, Mountain Berry Blast, and Pink Lemonade, it’s no wonder young athletes are so attracted to them.
But before you let your child grab one, know that many of these sports drinks contain artificial flavors and food coloring to achieve those vibrant, almost neon colors. And the worst part is that some include nearly as much sugar as sodas.
Here is a breakdown of the most popular sports drink and how much sugar is loaded into them:
The average 20-ounce bottle = 34 grams of sugar
Introduced in 1965, Gatorade is undoubtedly the most well-known sports drink in the world, and accounts for 75% of market share in the sports drink category. Gatorade flavors include Glacier Freeze, Mango Extreme, and Citrus Cooler.
100ml bottle = 6 grams of sugar
Staminade is an electrolyte sports drink with flavors like Wild Berry Rush and Orange Blast.
SoBe Life Water
Some 20-ounce bottles = 23 – 25 grams of sugar
Life Water comes in 16 different flavors like Yumberry Pomegranate, Macintosh Apple Cherry, and Blackberry Dragonfruit.
Most 20-ounce bottles = 32 grams of sugar
Vitamin Water is a mineral water product distributed by Energy Brands introduced in 2000. Vitamin Water flavors include Açaí-Blueberry-Pomegranate and Pink Lemonade.
8-ounce bottle = 17 grams of sugar
The Bodyarmor sports drink is made of coconut water which experts say have too much potassium and is full of electrolytes. It’s advertised as all-natural and comes in flavors like Strawberry Banana, Blackout Berry, and Pineapple Coconut.
20-ounce bottle = 2 grams sugar
Propel Water is a brand of flavored bottled water advertised as being loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. Propel Water comes in flavors like Cranberry Lime, Peach, and Cherry Lime.
12-ounce bottle = 26 grams sugar
Sqwincher advertises itself as a hydration solution. It comes in an assortment of flavors such as Cool Citrus, Mixed Berry, and Strawberry Lemonade.
500ml bottle = 6.7 grams of sugar.
Pocari Sweat is a Japanese sports drink, manufactured by Otsuka Pharmaceutical. It is advertised as an “ion supply drink” and has a mild grapefruit flavor.
12-ounce bottle = 8 grams of sugar
The Aspire Fire, Ice, Storm, Rush and Rise sports drinks that are fortified with electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals. They come in cherry-berry, lemon-lime, and grape flavors.
The 20-ounce bottle = 34 grams of sugar
Powerade is a sports drink manufactured and marketed by The Coca-Cola Company. Powerade flavors include Fruit Punch, Kiwi Pineapple, and Watermelon Strawberry Wave.
While many of these sports drinks are very popular and even endorsed by professional athletes, remember that the best way for your child to quench their thirst and remain adequately hydrated is to drink water. Water contains no sugar, no artificial flavoring, and no food coloring. These sports drinks may be fun to look at; however, consuming sugar after exercise can have adverse effects on their health.
(June 20, 2018, Los Angeles, U.S.) – Red Herring today announced the winners of its Top 100 North America 2018 competition, recognizing the continent’s most exciting and innovative private technology companies.
The winners, celebrated at a special awards ceremony at the Marina Del Rey Hotel, have been chosen from thousands of entrants, whittled down to hundreds making the trip to California. The ceremony, led by Red Herring chairman Alex Vieux, was preceded by two days of keynote speeches, discussions and finalist presentations.
Companies were judged by industry experts, insiders and journalists on a wide variety of criteria including financial performance, innovation, business strategy and market penetration. Winners ran the gamut of verticals, from fintech and marketing to security, IoT and many more.
Red Herring’s editors have been evaluating the world’s startups and tech companies for over two decades. It gives them the ability to see through the industry’s hype, to pick firms that will continue on a trajectory to success. Brands such as Alibaba, Google, Kakao, Skype, Spotify, Twitter and YouTube have all been singled out in Red Herring’s storied history.
“2018’s crop of Top 100 winners has been among our most intriguing yet,” said Vieux. “North America has led the way in tech for so many years, and to see such unique, pioneering entrepreneurs and companies here in California, which is in many ways the heartland of the industry, has been a thrilling experience.
“What has excited me most,” added Vieux, “is to see so many people forging niches that did not exist before, such as League Network, whose e-funding platform is becoming as important as e-commerce in the fast-growing $19B youth sports market. As a Public Benefit Corporation, League Network is also among a growing number of tech leaders for whom social impact represents a critical value.”
About League Network PBC
Founded in 2016 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology incubator by serial entrepreneur and longtime youth league leader Anne-Sophie Whitehead, League Network’s media, and its LeagueGrowth.com e-funding platform work together to help youth sports leagues grow. The company is backed by famous pro athletes and sports industry venture capitalists. More information at LeagueNetwork.com, TLCSportSummit.com, LeagueGrowth.com.
All children need enough nutrients and minerals to meet their dietary needs. The best way for them to achieve this is to consume the right foods. If your child is a young athlete, you’ll need to ensure they’re eating the right foods that will keep them fueled enough to engage in physical activity. By eating healthy, they will stay more alert and feel energized to perform their best at practice and on game day.
Here are five nutrients and minerals to include in the young athletes’ meal plan:
Carbohydrates provide energy for the body. Without enough of it, kids will run on empty and tire quickly. When choosing carbs to feed your kid, opt for whole-grain foods such as quinoa, brown rice, or barley. Other healthy carbs include old-fashioned oatmeal, yams, sweet potatoes, whole wheat bread, and whole wheat pasta.
The young athlete needs strong bones to perform their best. An excellent way to support their bone health is by ensuring they consume enough calcium. When people think of calcium, they almost immediately think of dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. However, calcium is in other foods like chia seeds, sardines, canned salmon, and rhubarb.
Our bodies need enough iron to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. When we lack iron, it could lead to conditions like anemia which impair standard body functions. Iron-rich foods to include in your child’s diet are liver, eggs, shellfish, spinach, legumes, and red meat. For dessert, give your kids some dark chocolate; which is delicious and high in iron.
Protein helps the body repair muscle and fight function. However, too much of it can lead to calcium loss and dehydration. It is why it’s essential to ensure they get just enough.
Foods that are high in protein include tuna, salmon, chicken, lean meat, and eggs. When most people think of protein, they think of animal products; however, fortified whole grains, dried fruits, and leafy green vegetables also have a decent amount of protein. Other high-protein veggies you can include in your kid’s meals are watercress, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, and broccoli.
High-fiber foods are essential to athletes because it not only keeps them regular but because they take a long time to digest, kids, don’t end up overeating.
We can’t always monitor what our children eat, particularly when they’re at school or out with their friends. They may eat simple carbs or foods that are high in sugar that will make their insulin levels and blood sugar spike. One of the benefits of fiber is that it will help steady blood sugar and insulin levels. Fiber-rich foods to serve to your kid include whole-grain bread, high-fiber cereals, wild rice, and bran.
When it comes to a healthy and nutritious diet for a young athlete, remember that adequate hydration is as important. To help them avoid sodas, keep your fridge stocked with healthier alternatives such as 100% fruit juices and naturally-flavored waters.
And to keep your kids from giving into cravings and junk food, ensure you always have healthy snacks available such as homemade trail mix, fruits, peanut butter, and air-popped popcorn.
One of the top reasons why kids quit sports has nothing to do with their lack of interest but with a shortage of funds.
The sad reality is that many parents cannot afford the costs involved in sports participation. Between the uniform, equipment, and travel expenses, the costs ultimately add up. However, before pulling their kids out, parents should know that there are ways to deal with the high cost of sports.
Here are six ways to save money on everything from your kid’s gear to their uniforms:
Choose One Sport
It’s not uncommon for kids to move from one sport to the next as the seasons change. However, that could mean uniforms, gear, and other fees for multiple games. While it may be difficult to have your child choose one sport, it is better than none. By having your kid pick one sport, they can focus their efforts towards developing their skills and not be distracted by anything else. And if next year, they want to try a new sport, that’s fine too.
Used vs. New
Be smart about your purchases. There’s no need to buy brand new equipment when there’s an affordable option. Many parents sell perfectly good equipment their children have outgrown or got bored of very quickly. Go online for great deals on used gear. You can also ask your community if anyone has any sports equipment they would like to donate.
Selling Old Equipment
Make more money by selling old equipment that your child has outgrown. Another great way to make money is to have a garage sale or sell stuff online once a year. Throughout the year, we tend to accumulate stuff we don’t need or end up only using one time.
Buy Only What’s Necessary
The fastest way for sports expenses to wreak havoc on your budget is when things start to add up and snowball. There’s no need to buy luxury items or unnecessary accessories. Explain to your child that branded headbands and towels and fancy water bottles don’t make them a better player.
Volunteer Your Time
Ask the head coach or the league leaders if they offer discounts to kids whose parents volunteer their time. Volunteering your time as a coach could mean saving on registration fees but it’s also an excellent way for you to spend more time with your child.
Research Sports Leagues
There are plenty of choices of sports programs to choose. If you do your research, you will find that there are lost-cost and even free programs run by the Boys and Girls Clubs, local churches, sponsored recreation centers, and the YMCA. Some applications might assist with finances and offer scholarships.
When it comes to expenses for the sports, there are smart ways to save. Be ready to do your research and don’t be ashamed to rely on your community who may have tips for you on where to find the best deals.
Kids are eager to please everyone from their parents, to the coach, and to teammates. Unfortunately, this can lead them to push themselves beyond their limits. They end up feeling overwhelmed, affecting both their grades and sports performance.
Help your child find a healthy balance between athletics and academics and keep them from becoming overwhelmed by the expectations to juggle both.
The problem is that children aren’t always quick to admit when something is wrong. They try to deal with it and convince themselves it’s nothing. However, if your child is exhausted physically, emotionally, and mentally, all the pressure they feel may add up. Don’t let sports interfere with your child’s health and wellness. Here are ways to ensure the demands of being a student-athlete do not burden them:
When you talk to your child often, they know that you are always there for them to turn to when they have a problem. They need to know they can count on you.
Touch base with your child each day. Don’t ask the default “how was your day” question and think you’ve done your part in checking in on your kid. Ask specific questions that prove you pay attention to what they say.
Look for Signs of Burnout
If your kid seems overly fatigued or has lost enthusiasm for the sport, they may be burned out. Overtraining can cause them to be exhausted both physically and mentally. They may no longer show excitement for the game they once loved and fall into a slump. Check if their grades are dipping.
Are they getting adequate sleep? Are they displaying symptoms of depression? It’s crucial that you identify the signs so that your child can get the attention they need. Sometimes, all it takes is a break from sports.
Don’t Pressure Them with Your Expectations
We all want the best for our kids; however, it’s often our expectations that lead our children to feel pressured and overwhelmed. They’re scared to disappoint us, and instead of being honest about it, they push themselves to the limit. When it comes to their sports performance, praise them but never make them feel that you’re only proud when they do well. Commend them for their efforts even on days when their game is a little off.
Listen When They Need to Vent
Always show your support. If your child needs to complain about school or sports, let them air out their feelings. Sometimes we all need to get things off our chests. And as soon as we release the negativity, we feel better. Be present for your child by merely listening. Don’t pile onto the drama. Wait for them to ask for your opinion on what they should do. The best way to keep your kid from feeling overwhelmed is to help guide them towards what is best for them.
Student-athletes have a lot of pressure to deal with; however, most are happy to juggle both schooling and sport because they’re proud to. They take pride in their studies as well as the games they play. Unfortunately, when sports become more competitive, and classes get harder, kids can get overwhelmed. As their parent, it’s your job to guide them and ensure that you’re there to help them navigate through it all.