Fruit Juice Overload

Too much juice can lead to obesity, digestive problems

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(HealthDayNews) -- Fruit juice is touted as a healthier alternative to soda, especially for kids. But even though the juice is packed with minerals and vitamins, it's also usually loaded with sugar. Drinking too much can cause obesity, stunted growth, digestive problems and tooth decay, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

So if your kids love fruit juice, here are some suggestions:

  • Limit preschoolers to 4 to 6 ounces of juice a day; 8 to 12 ounces for older children and teens. Make sure they're drinking 100 percent juice, not a fruit-flavored beverage.
  • Dilute the juice with club soda or mineral water.
  • Encourage the kids to drink more milk and water.
  • Limit carbonated drinks, too. By the time kids turn 13, they are drinking four times as much of the carbonated drinks as fruit juice, according to the American Dietetic Association.

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