Moderate sugary drinks OK for teenagers

Short-term, moderate consumption of high-fructose and high-glucose beverages has little impact on the metabolic health of weight-stable, physically active adolescents, according to a research article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

"These beverages may not be as unhealthy for adolescents as previously thought, provided that kids stay active," says study leader nutrition Professor Jill Kanaley of the University of Missouri.

However, it is important for kids to remain active, especially if they are drinking a lot of sugary beverages, says

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