Children under 1 should avoid fruit juice, older kids should drink it only sparingly and all youths should focus instead on eating whole fruit.
Those recommendations come from the American Academy of Pediatrics, as quoted in a recent article on NPR.org.
The pediatricians group previously advised against giving fruit juice to infants under 6 months, but expanded that recommendation because of evidence linking juice consumption to tooth decay and to gaining too much or too little weight.
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The national pediatricians group says for older kids who are at a healthy weight, fruit juice is fine in moderation, but should make up less than half of the recommended fruit servings per day.
“We want to reinforce that the most recent evidence supports that fruit juice should be a limited part of the diet of children,” says Steven Abrams, a professor of pediatrics at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, and an author of the guidelines.
Whole fruit is a much better than fruit juice to get all the vitamins and nutrients of fruit, the new guidelines say. Whole fruit contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar by the body, and it also makes you feel fuller than juice, which can prevent overeating.
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