Juice for toddlers
We'd prefer you didn't-
Should Toddlers Drink Juice?
Toddlers don't need juice
- The sugar and calories that are in them are the same as soda.
- They have fewer vitamins than the actual fruits or vegetables,
- So, too much juice can cause nutritional deficiencies.
- Some toddlers take in 60% of their daily calories through juice,
- Cutting down their appetite for other foods.
- Juice can cause diarrhea which can affect their overall nutrition.
If you want to give it, limit them to no more than 3 to 4 ounces of diluted juice––50% juice to 50% water––per day.
Use 100% juice––not juice drinks that contain sugars, artificial flavorings and colorings. White grape is the most easily digested, but has as much as 50% more sugar than some other juices.
Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN
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