Why You Shouldn’t Be Giving Your Kids Juice

Jun 02, 2017

Why You Shouldn’t Be Giving Your Kids Juice

Who doesn't love juice? You've loved juice since you were a wee babe, and now you like it with champagne or vodka. But, while juice tastes good, is it good to give to your kids? Not necessarily, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). And it's not just the high sugar content in fruit juices that's the problem - juice has no fiber or protein, causing kids to drink too much, and possibly gain too much weight (by adding tons of sugar calories to their diet) or too little weight (by filling them up with liquid and reducing their desire for real food). Not only that: Juice often can cause diarrhea, bloating, and gas for toddlers who can't digest some of the carbs in juice. 

How Much Fruit Juice Is Healthy for Kids?

For infants (<1 year old): None, unless your pediatrician recommends it for something like constipation.

For toddlers (ages 1 to 3): Maximum of 4 ounces of juice per day in a cup, not a bottle. (Drinking from a bottle of fruit juice can prolong sugar exposure, which could lead to cavities.)

For young kids (ages 4 to 6): No more than 4 to 6 ounces per day. It's better to encourage eating whole fruit.

For older kids (ages 7 to 18): No more than 1 cup a day — but again, encourage whole fruit.

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