Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) have shared that sports foods and drinks should not be consumed by children under 15 years of age, or pregnant women.
FSANZ have said these products are formulated to meet the specific dietary requirements of sports people, which means they are able to include additional substances that are not permitted or are restricted in other foods. For this reason, they are not suitable for children under 15 years of age, or pregnant women.
To meet the specific dietary requirements of sports people, this Standard allows the addition of substances that are not permitted or are restricted in other foods as well as higher levels of some vitamins and minerals. This means that these foods are not suitable for children or pregnant women.
FSANZ did clarify that electrolyte drinks aren’t technically classified as ‘sports drinks’ and actually fall under a different standard in the Food Standards Code.
There is no requirement to label electrolyte drinks with a warning that they are ‘not recommended for young people under 15 years of age, or pregnant women. “Other foods used by sports people are not regulated specifically as sports foods, such as … electrolyte drinks.”
The labels of sports foods must:
- say ‘formulated supplementary sports food’
- indicate that they are not a sole source of nutrition and should be consumed in conjunction with a nutritious diet and an appropriate physical training or exercise program
- provide directions stating the recommended quantity and frequency of intake of the food and state the recommended consumption of the food in one day
- state that that they are ‘Not suitable for children under 15 years of age or pregnant women: Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision’.
I must admit this did surprise me! I have occasionally given sports drinks to the kids when they have been unwell or after sports when they are feeling a bit lethargic. Now I feel bad.
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