A normal staple of parenthood has been giving your child a juice box for nutrition and energy. According to some new information, this practice has no nutritional value for children according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Their recommendations are to try a piece of fruit instead, which is healthier for them, has fiber and is of course natural. Other benefits of fruit according to the Los Angeles Times are that it can be an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium, among other nutrients. It also contains antioxidants, which may help ward off cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Many fruit juices are high in sugar and many use high fructose corn syrup which can be harmful to your health and be a cause of obesity.
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Pediatricians take aim at juice: It ‘has no essential role in healthy, balanced diets of children
by Karen Kaplan
The American Academy of Pediatrics has some new advice about juice: Kids should resist the urge to drink it.
If you’re craving something fruity and refreshing, try eating a piece of fruit instead. If you’re thirsty, you can wash it down with some water.
Sure, juice has some things going for it. It can be an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium, among other nutrients. It also contains antioxidants, which may help ward off cancer and cardiovascular disease.
All those things are true about fruit as well — plus it contains fiber. That’s good for you because it helps keep your blood sugar in check, reduces cholesterol and cleans your colon. And it can help prevent unwanted weight gain, since it takes much longer to eat a piece of fruit than it does to drink the juice it contains.