California Assembly Member Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) recently introduced a bill (A.B. 1746) that would restrict the sale of sports drinks from middle and high schools throughout the state. If enacted, the legislation would prohibit the sale of “electrolyte replacement beverages” during school hours as of July 1, 2013.

“Sports drinks are an inappropriate option for California students,” said Harold
Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.
“They were designed for athletes who have been sweating for an hour or
more, not for children as they walk across campus or eat their lunch.” See Press
Release of Assembly Member Das Williams, February 21, 2012.

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