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Let’s get into the juicy details about juice:
Good News: Starting with the good news about juice, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics juice can be used as an alternative if your child refuses to eat whole fruit. Keep in mind to continue to offer and encourage your child to eat whole fruit as it is the preferred method of consumption. A six-ounce glass of 100% fruit juice is closely comparable to 1 serving of whole fruit. Another benefit is when children are sick depending on the illness some diluted juice provides some vitamin C, fortified calcium, and calories your child may desperately need during this time.
Juice Recommendations: The recommendation for 100% fruit juice is 0 ounces for up to 6 months and children 1-6 years old is 4-6 ounces per day at maximum and not to be served in a bottle.
Health Benefits to Limiting Fruit Juice: Limiting your child’s juice intake can decrease chances of cavities, obesity, diarrhea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and other gastrointestinal problems.
Pay Extra Attention to Sugar Content: Keep in mind that the calorie intake from juice is mainly sugar and carbohydrates with minimal vitamins and minerals. The sugar from juice can affect your child’s behavior by increasing their activity level and making it difficult for them to focus, listen, and engage. It is so easy to grab a juice box and a yogurt so your child can eat on the way to school but some children have a very difficult time with this sugar rush which can lead to negative behaviors in the classroom. A suggestion would be to dilute the juice with water and give a minimal amount as needed throughout the day.
Establishing healthy habits early in a child’s life will be beneficial to their future.
Have a Healthy Day!
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