Sweet Drinks: What’s Best for Kids?
One Study Looks at Consumption Trends; Another Study Touts Benefits of 100% Fruit Juice
Juice Not Linked to Extra Weight continued...
Here's what they found:
100% fruit juice drinkers who
drank more than 6 ounces had higher levels of carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin
B6, folate, potassium, magnesium, and iron than those who did not drink 100%
Those who drank more than 6
ounces of 100% fruit juice also ate more whole fruit and less fat and added
sugar than those who didn't drink 100% juice. There was no reduction of dairy,
vegetables, meat, and whole grain intake in children who drank 100% fruit juice
compared with those who didn't.
- Those who didn't drink 100% fruit juice drank more sodas and sugar-added
Drinking 100% fruit juice was not
linked to being overweight or obese in children aged 2 to 11.
Sue Taylor is a registered dietitian with the Juice Products Association.
That group provided a grant to Baylor College of Medicine, in part funding the
Taylor says fruit juice has gotten a "bad rep."
"Obesity is such a complex issue that it's not accurate to single out
one food as a problem," she says.
Taylor notes that "even though children consumed a few more calories
than those who didn't drink juice, they (the juice drinkers) had a healthier
Tips for Keeping in Balance
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises that children and
adolescents limit 100% fruit juice to 4 to 6 ounces of fruit juice a day for
children aged 1 to 6 and 8 to 12 ounces of fruit juice a day for children aged
7 to 18.
- Emphasize whole fruits instead. You get the juice plus the nutrients in the
flesh of the fruit.
- Don't encourage young children to drink a big glass of juice at the front
end of the meal. That can cause them to fill up and not have room for a
nutritionally balanced meal.
- Check the label. If it's 100% fruit juice, the federal government requires
it say so on the label.