Don't Power Up the Carbs
A "power" drink such as Gatorade is supposed to give athletes a boost, but that's not all it will do. Chock full of sugar, it can boost your kid's weight and the frequency of his or her doctor visits. Electrolytes such as sodium and potassium can help replenish the body's stores, especially if your teen's into distance running or double-overtime soccer games. But if you're the parent of a less athletic child, skip the power drinks -- the nutrients don't make up for their high sugar content.