Should your kids be drinking fruit juice? Dr. Bill gives you the facts Show Notes

Monday, June 04, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Should your kids be drinking fruit juice?

With all the negative news about kids and sugar, many parents may wonder if their children should be drinking fruit juice.

Well according to Katherine Zeratsky, a nutritionist with the Mayo Clinic, it all depends.

While whole fruit is the best choice, certain types of fruit juice can be a healthy part of your child's diet.

Recent studies have confirmed that drinking moderate amounts of 100 percent fruit juice doesn't affect a child's weight. However, fruit juice does contain calories, so drinking too much of it can contribute to weight gain.

If you give your child fruit juice, make sure you choose 100 percent fruit juice instead of sweetened juice or fruit-juice cocktails. Your child will get more vitamins and nutrients and fewer additives from the real McCoy. 

Serve the juice in a cup — not a bottle or sippy — to avoid tooth decay. In addition, serve fruit juice only with a snack or a meal, rather than allowing your child to sip juice throughout the day.

And if you're having trouble getting your child to eat, don't allow him or to drink any liquids 30 minutes before meals.

To ensure that your child isn't drinking too much juice, follow these limits from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Babies younger than 6 months shouldn’t drink any fruit juice, unless their doctor recommends it to relieve constipation

Kids from 6 months to 6 years old shouldn’t drink more than 4 to 6 ounces a day

And for kids 7 years and older: 8 to 12 ounces of juice per day is okay.

I’m Bill Maier for family friendly, commercial free, WBCL.

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