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Sugary sports drinks would be banned during the school day at middle and high school campuses under legislation proposed this month in the Assembly.

Assembly Bill 1746 would restrict middle and high school sales of sports drinks - called "electrolyte replacement beverages" in the bill - to before and after each school day.

Sports drinks already are prohibited at elementary school campuses, according to Assemblyman Das Williams, a Santa Barbara Democrat who proposed AB 1746. The California Medical Association is among the sponsors of the bill.

Dr. James T. Hay, CMA president, said that there is a common misperception that sports drinks are healthy but many contain high-fructose corn syrup or other calorie-laden sweeteners linked to childhood obesity, the primary cause of type 2 diabetes.

AB 1746, if signed into law, would take effect in July 2013.


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