A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that fruit juice provides no nutritional benefit for children under one year and should not be included in their diets.
Babies need mother’s milk or infant formula in the first year of life. Fruit juice doesn’t provide anything new. It can put the teeth at risk.
You may see that juices contain vitamins. These vitamins are often added to the juice to give some benefit.
It’s better to give your child whole foods of appropriate size in the second six months of life. Cut up fruits into manageable pieces. This develops good eating habits and provides your child with fiber.
Listen as Dr. Steven Abrams joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss juice consumption and alternatives.