- A study suggests that fruit juice is linked to some -- but not significant -- weight gain in early childhood
- "It's very easy to drink a lot of calories. ... That's where the concern has historically been with juice," one expert says
(CNN)Sugar can easily sneak into the diet, both for you and for your child, even through 100% fruit juices.
Younger children may face weight gain risk
Supporting national guidelines
Why whole fruit may be better
- If your child enjoys using a sippy cup throughout the day, fill the cup with water instead of juice.
- Your child should avoid snacking or drinking at least 30 minutes before mealtime so they will still have an appetite to consume a nutritious meal.
- Determine how much fluid your children's cups hold, and be mindful of the portions they are consuming.
- Try to give your child whole fruit instead of fruit juice. If they ask for fruit juice, try to dilute it with water.
- Keep more whole fruit than fruit juice in your home to avoid developing the habit of drinking sweet drinks.
- Check the nutrition labels of juices that you buy. The label should not have any added sugars outside of naturally occurring sugar in the fruit.