Most children love juice because it tastes sweet. But juice is not necessary.
In fact, too much juice can have harmful effects on your toddler's health.
Children who drink too much juice or other sweet drinks may fill up on liquids and not have enough room for healthy meals and snacks. Sipping juice or other sweet drinks from a bottle or sippy cup can also lead to tooth decay.
To avoid these problems:
- Offer milk or water at meals and snacks.
- Offer water any time a child is thirsty.
- Offer vegetables and fruit instead of juice.
- Serve juice in a cup, not a sippy cup or bottle.
- Choose 100% vegetable or fruit juice, not a vegetable or fruit drink or beverage.
- Limit juice to 1/2 - 3/4 cup per day.
DID YOU KNOW? Only drinks that say "100% juice" are juice. If the label says “made with real juice,” the drink is mostly water and sugar with a little bit of juice. You can find sugar in the ingredient list by looking for words ending in “ose”, for example, sucrose, fructose. These drinks aren’t recommended for toddlers.
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