Last week we went to the pediatrician. Excellent visit. Junior could be a poster child for good childhood health. As skinny (39 pounds) as I may think he is, he's where the doctor wants all kids.
Our pediatrician is anti-juice. He recommends milk and water. He firmly believes that juice is as bad for children as soda. One serving of juice a day is fine, but to allow kids to drink juice all day isn't good for them. The sugar content of juice is the same or higher than soda.
What?? Yes, the sugar content of juice really is the same or higher than soda, here's a test:
Regular Pepsi 8 oz serving = 26 grams of sugar
According to our pediatrician kids who drink juice all day instead of water can be taking in 3000-6000 extra calories a week, and there's no way a child can burn off that many extra calories, and eventually all this extra intake turns to fat. Yikes.
I pulled this from juicyjuice.com:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than four to six fluid ounces of juice per day (one serving) for children ages one to six years old, and no more than eight to 12 fluid ounces per day (two servings) for children seven to 18 years old. Too much juice in the diet can lead to diarrhea, stomachaches and gas, and contributes extra calories, which may be unnecessary.
That's the equivalent of one juice box for kids 6 and under and 2 juice boxes for kids over 7.
Junior doesn't drink juice, we cut it out of his diet last year when the pediatrician pointed out the sugar problem. My husband's family has a history of diabetes and we decided to be careful with sugar and carb intake. Don't get me wrong, we're not neurotic about what he eats, but cutting out juice was an easy way to avoid excess sugars and calories.
Okay, I'm officially off my Mommy Soap Box.
Have a great day, stay cool and happy reading.