Sugar Overload! Are your kids drinking too much juice?

| June 25, 2009

Kids today are consuming too much juice.  Often they drink juice instead of water, fruits, or vegetables.  Children that drink too much juice may not be hungry when mealtime arrives and will miss out on other important nutrients they would get from food.  For children ages 1 to 3, try to limit juice to one cup a day.

How much sugar is in an 8 oz cup of juice?

  • Grape Juice = 8 teaspoons of sugar
  • Apple Juice = 6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Orange Juice = 6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Juicy Juice = 5 teaspoons of sugar

The sugar in juice can significantly contribute to dental decay.  Small children can get cavities when liquids that contain sugar are left on teeth for extended periods of time.  This can happen when the child drinks juice from a sippy cup or bottle for prolonged periods during the day or is put to bed with juice in a cup or bottle.  Never put your child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup of juice.

Here are some tips to limit the amount of juice your child drinks

  • Offer Juices less often and/or dilute it with water
  • Give water in place of juice in a special cup or bottle
  • Serve fruit as a snack in place of juice
  • Serve milk and juice at mealtime only…water in-between meals

Stay tuned for tommorrow’s post… Stop the Pop!  Acid + Sugar = Trouble