Fruit juice for young children should be limited. For infants under six months, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommend only human milk or a prepared infant formula.
“Although juice consumption has some benefits, it also has potential detrimental effects. High sugar content in juice contributes to increased calorie consumption and the risk of dental caries. In addition, the lack of protein and fiber in juice can predispose to inappropriate weight gain (too much or too little).”
Research is showing that excess sugar without fiber has a large impact on causing diabetes and obesity in children. The Academy is now recommending limiting fruit juices in children. After their first year, the academy recommends that children can be used as part of a meal or snack, but should not be sipped throughout the day (as is encouraged by ads for “juice boxes” and sugary drinks).
“A disadvantage of fruit juice is that it lacks the fiber of whole fruit. Kilocalorie for kilocalorie, fruit juice can be consumed more quickly than whole fruit. Reliance on fruit juice instead of whole fruit to provide the recommended daily intake of fruit does not promote eating behaviors associated with the consumption of whole fruit.”