Anything in excess, even water, can be bad with capital ‘B’. When it comes to ‘juice’, too much of a good thing can be bad for kids. Important is if it really comes from natural non-GMO fruit, it is a flavoring with a red dye #? Also is sugar added? Please again read labelsthey are placed to protect your health. I think of them as a “Buyer Beware’ label.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), juice can be a good source of vitamin C and a healthful part of a child’s diet, but too much fruit juice packs in sugar and calories. Think tooth decay and weight gain. As with taking to much Vitamins (especially C) pills or juice, diarrhea can result.
The AAP offers these recommendations:
- Infants younger than 1 year should not drink fruit juice.
- Toddlers 1 to 3 years old should have no more than 4 ounces of juice per day. They should not get juice from bottles or cups that allow them to drink juice throughout the day and should not be given juice at bedtime.
- Children 4 to 6 years old should have no more than 4 to 6 ounces of juice per day.
- Children 7 to 18 years old should have no more than 8 ounces of juice per day.
Nutritional value of whole fruit beats out fruit juices ALWAYS!
Fruit juice was recommended to get vitamins and water into children initially however but never for children under age 6 mos.-1 year please consult your physician.