The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new policy statement: One should not include fruit juice in the diets of children under one year, as it offers no nutritional benefit to this age group. “Fruit Juice in Infant, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations” marks the first time the AAP has changed its policy on fruit juice since 2001, when it advised against giving fruit juice to children under six months.
Statement co-authors Melvin B. Heyman, MD, FAAP and Steven A. Abrams, MD, FAAP commented on the recent findings linking large consumption of fruit juice with obesity and tooth decay. Most parents think of fruit juice as healthy, they said, but it actually provides more sugar and calories than fresh fruit. Pediatricians can help families provide fresh fruit to their children, they added.
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