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Health Tip: Fruit Juices and Kids

Some consumption guidelines to help parents

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(HealthDay News) -- While sugary fruit juices may be a favorite for kids, too much can lead to obesity and tooth decay, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

The academy offers these recommendations for fruit juice in kids' diets:

  • Children younger than 6 months shouldn't have any fruit juice.
  • Children 1 to 6 years old should have no more than 4 to 6 ounces of juice a day. Whole fruits offer better nutritional benefits, fiber and nutrients.
  • Children 7 to 18 years old should have no more than 8 to 12 ounces of juice daily.
  • Encourage children to drink more water and low-fat milk.


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