Is it OK to give juice to a baby before their first birthday?  

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that human milk be the only thing fed to infants until six months of age. Formula can also be used.

After one year of age, fruit juice may be used as part of a meal or snack. It should not be sipped on throughout the day. Toddlers should not be given juice in a bottle at bedtime or nap time.

Most parents probably think juice is better than soda. ¿Es cierto?

Not exactly, just like soda, it can contribute to energy imbalance. Plus, if kids drink a lot of juice, they are taking in too many calories and sugar. Try giving your kids 100% fresh or reconstituted fruit juice. Regardless, juice still lacks the fiber to satisfy appetite. 

What effect does the sugar and other ingredients have on a child’s body?

High sugar content in juice contributes to increased calorie intake and the risk of tooth decay and cavities. The lack of protein and fiber in juice can cause weight gain in kids. The sugars can also lead to obesity and diabetes.

What amount of juice is OK for toddlers and young children?

  • Toddlers (1-3-year-olds) 4oz/day
  • Kids (4-6-year-olds) 4-6oz/day
  • Kids (7-18-year-olds) 8oz/day