EXPERTS WARN: NO JUICE FOR BABIES UNDER 12 MONTHS
While fruits are great for babies, fruit juice isn't. The nation’s top pediatricians are now officially advising parents to stop giving fruit juice to children in their first year of life, warning the drink is not as healthy as it may seem.
Previously, the American Academy of Pediatrics had advised parents to avoid 100% fruit juice for babies younger than six months. But now the group has updated its guidelines on fruit juice for the first time since 2001, toughening its stance against juice by advising it's excluded from any baby's diet before 12 months.
“I think this is a fantastic recommendation for infants, and it’s long overdue,” said Dr. Elsie M. Taveras, chief of the division of general pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, who was not involved in the new report. “Parents feel their infants need fruit juices, but that’s a misconception.”
The experts insist that whole fruit not only contains way more fiber than juice but it is also much less likely to cause dental decay. So toss the sippy cup and reach for the spoon, serving fresh fruit purées instead of juice to ensure your baby stays happy and healthy.