Babies younger than One year shouldn’t be given fruit juice: AAP

Babies younger than One year shouldn’t be given fruit juice: AAP

Fresh fruit juice can be a healthy part of a well-balanced diet but babies younger than 1 year old shouldn’t be given any fruit juice, according to a recommendation from a new study.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) previously recommended that kids younger than 6 months old shouldn’t be given any fruit juice. Now, it has expanded that recommendation to all kids younger than one year.

According to the researchers, fruit juices don’t offer any nutritional benefits for young kids. Instead, juices load young kids with more-than-required sugar and calories.

Dr. Melvin B. Heyman, the director of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at UC San Francisco, said, “Parents may perceive fruit juice as healthy, but it is not a good substitute for fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar and calories. Small amounts in moderation are fine for older kids, but are absolutely unnecessary for children under 1.”

The researchers also recommended that toddlers in the age group of 1-3 years should consume no more than 4 ounces or 118ml of juice per day. Children in the age group of 4-6 can consume up to 6 ounces or 177ml of juice per day.

The researchers detailed their new recommendation in the most recent edition of the journal Pediatrics.

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