Research published in this month’s Pediatrics suggests that giving your kids a single serving of pure fruit juice every day will not cause them to become obese.
For a while now, some popular food bloggers have recommended against fruit juice for kids, opining that juice–even if it’s pure fruit juice and not just a fruit-flavored drink–offers too many calories to be healthy. They point out that juice offers little to none of the dietary fiber that is present in whole fruits. One even argues that fruit juice could lead to diabetes.
What Medical Experts Say About Fruit Juice For Kids
Medical experts are a little less rigid in their recommendation. Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests withholding juice completely for babies younger than 6 months and limiting juice to 4 to 6 ounces per day for kids age 1 to 6. For kids 7 to 18 the suggested limit is 8 to 12 ounces. The Academy does stress that fruit juice offers no nutritional advantage over fresh fruits but does deny kids some important nutrients like fiber.
So Is Fruit Juice Healthy After All?
This latest research does not suggest that fruit juice is beneficial for kids. What it actually says is that fruit juice does not encourage weight gain in older kids and is linked to only a small increase in body mass index, or BMI, in toddlers and preschoolers.
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