Choosy mothers choose ... fruit!

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Author: Teresa A. McNulty
Date: June 2017
From: Contemporary Pediatrics(Vol. 34, Issue 6)
Publisher: Intellisphere, LLC
Document Type: Editorial
Length: 834 words

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Since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published its first recommendations regarding fruit juice 16 years ago, pediatricians have been waving off parents from serving young children apple and other fruit juices in bottles and sippy cups, encouraging water be given instead, because of both caloric and dental caries concerns. Now the AAP has issued a new policy statement that goes further than ever on what constitutes optimal quantities of fruit juice product consumption for children of all ages. (1)

The AAP's new policy, "Fruit juice in infants, children, and adolescents: current recommendations," states flatly that "Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits for infants younger than 1 year" and recommends that no fruit juice products be given to children aged younger than 1 year unless "there is a strong clinical basis for use in the management of constipation."

Calories, carbs, and caries

In the context of today's concerns about growing obesity rates, fruit juices' vitamin C benefits are seen as less beneficial than in prior years. Moreover, the lack of fiber and protein and high sugar content make juices a less ideal nutritional choice than whole fruits themselves.

Therefore, the new AAP statement recommends a maximum daily intake of 4 ounces of 100% fruit juice products for children...

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McNulty, Teresa A. "Choosy mothers choose ... fruit!" Contemporary Pediatrics, vol. 34, no. 6, June 2017, pp. 2+. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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