Fruit juice should not be given to children during their first year, states a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It simply contains way too much sugar:
In terms of sugar and calories, store-bought juice is similar to soda. For instance, four ounces of lemon-lime soda has 12.6 grams of sugar…
The question is, why the one-year limit? Considering that fruit juice has as much sugar as soda, why not recommend not giving fruit juice to young children, period?
- Medical News Today: Avoid Fruit Juice Up to the Age of 1 Year, Say the AAP
- The New York Times: Pediatricians Say No Fruit Juice in Child’s First Year
- Pediatrics: Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations
Guide to low-carb fruits
Eating whole fruit is better than drinking fruit juice. But if you (not your children) are on a low-carb diet, you may want to limit fruit intake as well. Here’s our full guide: