Many parents happily buy and serve fruit juice to their children thinking they are providing their children with a delicious and healthy beverage, but actually fruit juice has little to no nutritional value. Juice also significantly contributes to obesity and tooth decay because even 100% pure fruit juice is full of sugar.
A healthy alternative is to offer your child whole fruits to eat, so they can benefit from the natural fiber and nutrience of the fruit and have them drink water. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends :
- Only breast milk for the 1st 6 months of your baby’s life. Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits to your baby.
- From 1 year to 6 years – limit juice to 4-6 ounces/day. Never allow your child to walk around with a cup or box of juice.
- From 7-18 years old – limit juice to 8-12 ounces/day
It took some adjusting but we have stopped buying juice as my children would drink it constantly if available. They drink water, low fat milk or almond milk. By eliminating juice from our diet we have significantly cut down on the sugar and caloric intake of all of us. And we always have fresh fruits available for snacking. You know what they say, an apple a day…