Sounds good, at least in theory, but fruit juices — even the 100 percent pure juices — aren’t always the best choices for quenching your youngster’s thirst. Sure, it’s better than soda, but not by much.
The reasons are pretty simple: juice tends to be high in sugar, higher in calories and lacking the fiber and vitamins you’d get from a real piece of fruit. With some “juice products,” you’re actually getting little more than artificially flavored sugar water.
Yet a new study in the journal Pediatrics shows many children are juicing up more than they should, averaging 2 to 6 servings of fruit juice a day. That’s a lot of juice.
So what are the recommendations?
Under age 6 months: none
Ages 1 to 6 years: one 6 oz serving per day
Ages 7 to 18 years: one 12 oz serving per day
The alternatives: milk, water … or to purely go natural, let them eat fruit.