Many people believe that the easiest way to get nutrients to children is through fruit juice. Or so we thought. Commonly, one would assume that fruit juice is a substitute for eating natural fruit. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics that is not the case; for children under one year old that is.
Although small doses of juice might be beneficial for toddlers, it is said that there is actually no nutritional value for children under the age of one. The worry is that juice can take away from the protein that babies need from breast milk and formula. Dr. Steven Abrams says, “Whole fruit has more fiber than fruit juice and is less likely to cause dental decay.” Along with that, a dentist by the name of Dr. Man Wai Ng stated that “One hundred percent fruit juice should be offered only on special occasions, especially for kids who are at high-risk for tooth decay.” Fruit juice has more sugar than whole fruit. Shockingly, even some juices have more sugar and calories than soda. Some organizations such as WIC (Women Infants and Children), Head Start, and other federal assistant programs have restricted juice for young children as part of the program.
Even for older children fruit juice should be in moderation; not only because it is similar to soda in the amount of sugar it contains, but also because too much juice can cause tooth decay. Because of the excessive exposure of the sugary drink to teeth, infants should never be put to bed with a bottle or sip on juice throughout the day.