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Milk Is Better Than Sports Drinks And Water At Warding Off Dehydration Among Active Children

August 17, 2011: 12:52 PM EST
A study funded by the Dairy Farmers of Canada has found that milk is more effective than sports drinks or water at countering dehydration in active children during hot summer weather. The researchers at Canada’s McMaster University said that milk is better because it is a source of high-quality protein, carbohydrates, calcium and electrolytes. In addition, milk replaces sodium lost during sweating and helps the body retain fluid. The study involved children ages eight to ten who exercised in a climate chamber, then drank different beverages. They were then measured for hydration. The unpublished study will be presented at a future medical conference.
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, "Milk better than water to rehydrate kids", McMaster University, August 17, 2011, © McMaster University
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