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Is Juice a Healthy Drink for Kids?

We're not sure why the Washington Post called fruit juice a "difficult question." It's actually a pretty easy one - the answer is don't drink juice.

The American Academy of Pediatrics policy gives guidelines on fruit juice consumption (none for babies, less than 4 ounces for toddlers, less than 6 ounces for preschoolers, less than 8 ounces for), but if you ask any pediatrician whether a child should have any juice, the answer is no.

As mentioned in the article, fruit juice is fruit without the fiber. The fiber in fruit slows you down as you eat and helps to fill you up. There's only so many apples you could eat at a sitting. But juice is essentially just water and sugar. Without the fiber to slow them down, children can drink very large quantities of juice. These sugar calories can lead to obesity and can fill kids up, so they are less hungry for actual food. In addition, sugary liquids increase the risk of early cavities.

Even a splash of juice in a cup or bottle of water can be a problem. Children can get accustomed to the sugar and may choose sugar drinks instead of water as they get older.

Children over one year should primarily drink water. They can have 8-16 ounces of milk/day (whole milk between age 1-2 yrs). That's it for drinks. Ideally, nobody should have juice. If they do, it should be a special occasion treat (birthday parties, etc,,,) not a daily part of their diet.

Posted: 7/26/2018 7:39:57 AM by Paul Matz | with 0 comments


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