Is your child drinking too much juice?

Fruit Juice should be limited - whole fruits are better

We’ve always said children under 1 shouldn’t drink any juice. And now American Academy of Pediatrics agrees! 🙂 

Author's imageJenni RiceDirector & Owner

How much 100% fruit juice is too much?

  • Infants under 1 shouldn’t drink any juice.
  • Toddlers 1-3 years old shouldn’t consume more than 4 ounces a day.
  • Preschoolers 4-6 years old shouldn’t consume more than 4-6 ounces a day.
  • Youths, ages 7–18 years old, shouldn’t consume more than 8 ounces a day.

Are Hi-C and Capri Sun, smoothies, fruit drinks etc. really juice?

If the labeling doesn’t say 100% fruit juice the beverage is a sweetened drink similar to a soda. All sweetened and naturally sugary beverages like 100% fruit juice should be eliminated or at least consumed in limited amounts.

Sugar-sweetened beverages, if not limited, are often consumed instead of nutritious milk or fluoridated  water and lead to inappropriate weight gain, obesity and cavities.

Drink tap water & milk instead

Some alternatives to fruit juice are:

  • Water right from the tap. It’s treated with fluoride that children often don’t get enough of anymore when bottled water is used instead.
  • Low-fat or skim milk. (Children under 2 years old should drink whole milk)
  • Low-fat soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Sparkling water plain or enhanced with fruit essence. Or add a splash of 100% fruit juice for some flavor.

Eat whole fruits & vegetables instead

Whole foods including fruits & vegetables are best for children and adults. They have no added sugar, lots of fiber and vitamins and often help prevent cavities & tooth decay.

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Jenni Rice - Owner & Director

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