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Kids Under 1 Shouldn't Drink Fruit Juice: Pediatrician Org.

November 22 2017, 06:12 | Alonzo Simpson

Kids Under 1 Shouldn't Drink Fruit Juice: Pediatrician Org.

Kids Under 1 Shouldn't Drink Fruit Juice: Pediatrician Org.

Failure to thrive kids often drink a lot of juice and may be consuming so much that they're not willing to fill up on food, so they're not getting enough calories.

Fruit juice has been marketed (and in some cases, recommended by physicians) as a healthy, natural source of vitamins and calcium.

Don't give toddlers juice in bottles or sippy cups or at bedtime.

The academy says fruit juice should be limited for children and for the very young, it should be avoided all together.

"Even though it's natural sweetness, (juice) doesn't have the same benefits as real fruit, because the fruit has fiber to be more filling, whereas juice is just easy to drink and overdo", said Shu, who did not contribute to the new recommendations.

One recommendation is that fruit juice be limited for toddlers and older children, and babies shouldn't have any at all before their first birthday.

According to the group's new policy, parents should not give children younger than one year old juice, unless it is specifically recommended by a doctor. "One hundred percent fruit juice should be offered only on special occasions, especially for kids who are at high-risk for tooth decay", she said.

Whole fruit is a much better way to get all the vitamins and nutrients of fruit, the guidelines say.

Dr. Brandon J. Auerbach, acting instructor in medicine at the University of Washington and the lead author of the study that tracked kids' weight and juice drinking habits, told The New York Times that "fruit juice in moderation, not more than a serving a day, is safe" for kids.

"Kids should eat their fruit, not drink it", the academy said.

The policy, from the AAP Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the Committee on Nutrition, is available at https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2017-0967 and will be published in the June issue of Pediatrics.

For older kids (ages 7 to 18): No more than 1 cup a day - but again, the first choice should be fruit. Juice also does not include the dietary fiber found in fresh fruit. This can lead to tooth decay, the group warned. In addition, fruit juice is not appropriate in the treatment of dehydration or management of diarrhoea. Kids should be taught to consume fresh foods, he stressed.

Consumption of unpasteurised juice products should be strongly discouraged for children of all ages. Pediatricians should routinely discuss the role of juice, and elucidate the difference between 100% fruit juice and juice drinks, with parents and children.

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