News Roundup: New Fruit Juice Guidelines for Babies


Pediatricians have spoken this week on updated guidelines for fruit juice. The last update on fruit juice recommendations was in 2001. The reason for this new update? Juice is not as healthy of a choice for kids as many parents think.

This week’s news roundup brings a collection of articles related to the new updated guidelines on fruit juice consumption being released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids are 1. NPR. “‘We want to reinforce that the most recent evidence supports that fruit juice should be a limited part of the diet of children,’ says Steven Abrams, a professor of pediatrics at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, and an author of the guidelines, which were published Monday in Pediatrics. Whole fruit is a much better way to get all the vitamins and nutrients of fruit, the guidelines say. Whole fruit contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar by the body, and it also makes you feel fuller than juice, which can prevent overeating.”

Pediatricians Say No Fruit Juice in Child’s First Year. THE NEW YORK TIMES. “In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics had advised parents to avoid 100 percent fruit juice for babies younger than 6 months. On Monday, the group toughened its stance against juice, recommending that the drink be banned entirely from a baby’s diet during the first year. The concern is that juice offers no nutritional benefits early in life, and can take the place of what babies really need: breast milk or formula and their protein, fat and minerals like calcium, the group said.”

Hey Parents, Surprise, Fruit Juice is Not Fruit. THE NEW YORK TIMES. “When we substitute juice for fruit, at home or at school, we’re cheating children out of the healthful diet they need to thrive in the name of convenience and consumerism. Fruit juice is not fruit, and we’ve been fooling ourselves for too long.”

Pediatricians are Taking a Harder Line on Babies Drinking Fruit Juice.NEW YORK MAGAZINE. “That toughened stance is a response to the fact that fruit juice has won itself a very healthy, ‘natural’ reputation, and lots of people don’t understand just how nutritionally useless it is. I was surprised, for example, to find out that, ‘[i]n terms of sugar and calories, store-bought juice is similar to soda.’”


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