Pediatricians Say No Fruit Juice For Children Under One Year, Less For Older Kids

Posted on May 22, 2017 | Forbes by Nancy Fink Huehnergarth

You may soon see fewer children drinking fruit juice from baby bottles, sippy cups or glasses.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a new policy statement that urges reductions in fruit juice consumption for infants, children and adolescents. The recommendations, which point out the “potential detrimental effects” of drinking fruit juice, are published in the May issue of Pediatrics

The statement links excessive fruit juice consumption to “inappropriate” weight gain and dental decay among children due to its high sugar content and “the lack of protein and fiber in juice.” It encourages pediatricians to become “knowledgeable about juice [and] to inform parents and patients on its appropriate uses.”

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