Natural Energy Drinks

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This week, followers of the health and nutrition world got some not-too-revelatory news: Sports and energy drinks are not good for children.

According to a study in Pediatrics, these commercial beverages contain excessive amounts of caffeine and "empty" calories that can detract from a healthy, well-balanced diet. Their recommendation? Give your kids water instead. (Oh, and low-fat or fat-free milk are OK too — although caloric, they're a good source of calcium and vitamin D.)

Not to diss on water, but aren't we overlooking something? There's an argument to be made here for natural energy drinks — those made with fruits and vegetables that are rich in energy-boosting vitamins and minerals.