Monday, July 10, 2017

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends No Fruit Juice For Children Under 1 Year

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For the past several years, there has been a debate about the benefits of fruit juice for children.  While many have thought of it as “natural” and being something healthy since it is made from fruit, many others have lamented it’s high sugar content and high number of calories per serving.  Many moms had begun limiting their kids juice intake, while others had taken a more liberal approach.
 
Now comes word from the American Academy of Pediatrics that fruit juice should be limited in kids.
 
The policy statement recommendations include:

  • Intake of juice should be limited to, at most, 4 ounces daily for toddlers age 1-3. For children age 4-6, fruit juice should be restricted to 4 to 6 ounces daily; and for children ages 7-18, juice intake should be limited to 8 ounces or 1 cup of the recommended 2 to 2 ½ cups of fruit servings per day.
  • Toddlers should not be given juice from bottles or easily transportable “sippy cups” that allow them to consume juice easily throughout the day. The excessive exposure of the teeth to carbohydrates can lead to tooth decay, as well. Toddlers should not be given juice at bedtime.
  • Children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits and be educated about the benefits of the fruit as compared with juice, which lacks dietary fiber and may contribute to excessive weight gain.
  • Human milk or infant formula is sufficient for infants, and low-fat/nonfat milk and water are sufficient for older children.
  • Consumption of unpasteurized juice products should be strongly discouraged for children of all ages.
  • Children who take specific forms of medication should not be given grapefruit juice, which can interfere with the medication’s effectiveness. In addition, fruit juice is not appropriate in the treatment of dehydration or management of diarrhea.

 

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