HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A recent study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity looked into what types of ads professional athletes endorse and found the food promoted is mostly nutrient poor and unhealthy.
Professional athletes promoted more than 100 brands of food and drink in 2010.
According to the study, almost all of the drinks were high in sugar and 79 percent of the the food was unhealthy.
Emily Shaber, a dietitian at RMH, said children are more likely to be affected by these ads.
"Parents should be on the lookout for mostly added sugars. That's a big problem in children these days, and added sodium and then things that are high in empty calories," said Shaber.
She added that sports drinks aren't meant to be consumed by everyone because they are high in sugar and sodium, so they should only be used during intense exercise.
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