The American Academy of Pediatrics or AAP issued a new recommendation targeting fruit juice consumption. Pediatricians state that children younger than one should drink no such beverages.
Such recommended restrictions already existed but they targeted toddlers six months or less. They also offered limitations in consumption levels for older infants and kids in general.
Now, according to the new release, children under the age of one year old should drink no fruit juice at all. The specialists offer their lack of nutritious gains as the reason behind this guideline change.
Fruit Juice Consumption Brings No Help, But Possible Problems?
The APP released this updated recommendation in a paper in the journal Pediatrics. In it, the specialists claimed that drinking fruit juice brings no nutritional benefits for young kids. They state that small quantities of such beverages are still alright for older aged children.
However, APP offers fresh fruit as the best alternative to juice consumption. They point out the actual fruit’s increased health advantages as this comes with more fiber and less sugar than a glass of juice.
Also, Dr. Steven Abrams stated that drinking too much such juice may actually come with health problems. More precisely, he underlined the possibility of tooth decay or even weight gain.
“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,” stated Dr. Melvin B. Heyman.
He is a co-author of the newly released recommendation. Dr. Heyman is also the director of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Program carried out at the University of California, San Francisco. He explains that small, moderate amounts of fruit juice are quite alright for older kids. But that they are “absolutely unnecessary” for children younger than 1.
The APP recommends parents to encourage their kids, no matter their ages, to eat fresh fruit. These come with more benefits and can and should be consumed at all ages.
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