Juice is not good for kids. Period. Although I’ll offer some “if you must give some juice” advice at the end of this post, I’m coming on Sassy Strong with this one. Here’s why I don’t recommend juice for your little ones:
- There is very little nutritive value in juice. Although some juices add vitamins, such as Vitamin C, it is preferable for little ones to acquire a rainbow palate and get the necessary nutritive elements from food.
- Juice can give your child diarrhea when taken in excess volumes. Also, if you can call it juice, some colorful “fake” juices (that will remain nameless in this post) can give your child colorful poopies – like blue and purple. I’m all for color, but not in poop.
- When kiddos drink juice, they may become full and eat less. This creates a pattern of filling on non-nutritive calories, and dissuades kids from eating the rainbow foods One Sassy Doctor promotes.
- Finally: teeth. We’ll write more about this in future postings. Avoiding juice in bottles or sippy cups is a must for healthy dental development.
One Sassy Doctor Suggests: