Health Tip: Fruit Juices and Kids
-- While sugary fruit juices may be a favorite for kids, too much can lead to obesity and tooth decay, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.
The academy offers these recommendations for fruit juice in kids' diets:
- Children younger than 6 months shouldn't have any fruit juice.
- Children 1 to 6 years old should have no more than 4 to 6 ounces of juice a day. Whole fruits offer better nutritional benefits, fiber and nutrients.
- Children 7 to 18 years old should have no more than 8 to 12 ounces of juice daily.
- Encourage children to drink more water and low-fat milk.
Posted: February 2012