Are Your Kids Drinking Too Much Juice?

I’ve always been a lover of juices.  Orange juice has long been my favorite, and I’m a huge fan of grape juice, apple juice, pineapple juice, etc.  When I was a kid I’d guzzle the stuff by the large glassful, and as a teenager and adult I never thought it was “bad”.  I knew it was a bad idea to drink soda, or “fruit drink”, which is fake juice, but I did not think that 100% natural fruit juice could be bad.

It turns out I was wrong.  Not because fruit juice is bad, but because drinking too much of it is bad. Even though the sugar in fruit juice is “natural”, it’s still sugar.  Too much sugar leads to obesity in children.

I’d like to offer you a few simple suggestions to reduce the amount of juice that your kids drink.

  1. Keep lots of fresh fruit in the house, and eat fruit instead of drinking juice.  You’ll get more of the natural ingredients from the fruit and less total sugar.  An orange is refreshing.  A glass of orange juice is made from several oranges! Less is more here.
  2. When your kids absolutely insist on juice and you can’t seem to talk them down, dilute it with water.  We often dilute our kids’ juice so it’s a 50/50 blend of water and juice.
  3. Try this amazing and delicious replacement for juice.  I made this one day for myself and absolutely loved it, so I wanted to share.  Take a large glass and drop in a few ice cubes.  Then add orange juice so the glass is 1/4 full.  Now, squeeze in a good teaspoon of lemon juice.  This jazzes up the flavor a bit.  Finally, fill up the remaining space (3/4 of the glass) with water. Stir and enjoy. Tell your kids you are making them a special treat. You’ll be keeping the sugar away, and they will love it.

I’m not telling you that fruit juice is bad.  Instead, I’m simply saying too much of it is unhealthy.  We limit our kids to one glass of juice per day now, and they can eat an unlimited amount of fruit, drink as much water as they want, and I’ll offer up my own recipe of highly diluted juice (shared above).

That’s all I wanted to say for now.  Reducing sugar consumption is an important part of your family’s health.  Take it seriously.

Enjoy your children!

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5 Responses to Are Your Kids Drinking Too Much Juice?

  1. Chris August 7, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    I was of the same opinion as you re fruit juice, until my dentist told me otherwise. I now give my children diluted fruit juice, but only at meal times, as that was the time recommended for them to drink juice by the dentist. I’ll try your “special treat” and se how that goes down for a change.

  2. Ferlin Koh August 13, 2009 at 5:23 am #

    I do agree about the issue on over consumption of juice. A lot of children in the childcare that I am working in are obese due to drinking too much sugary stuff.
    I even heard of a case from my collegue that she has a relative child who is diagnose with diabetes due to having too much sugary stuff.Poor thing,he is only 8 years old.
    Dear parents, please look out for your kids and watch out for their diet.

  3. Chris Thompson September 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    Ferlin – Sugar is a major cause of diabetes in adults and children, in my opinion. I’m not a doctor, but we were not designed to consume massive quantities of cheap food. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Jay September 12, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Of course your kids will get fat if you let them drink a 10 pack of capri suns everyday lol. You should limit them to 100%(not diluted) 4-6 ounces per day and follow behind it with a glass of water. Limit milk to 16 – 24oz per day. Too much juice and milk can lead more so to anemia quickly versus obesity. Water is always best(tap not bottle). Children need fat to grow such as butter, margarine, mayonnaise and vegetable oil. If someone tells you otherwise then you need to slap yourself for even entertaining the idea of stripping required nutrition’s from your child’s diet. If your childs doctor doesn’t confirm this then you need to switch doctors fast and tell them why you are switching so they can go get their education upgraded.

    Remember to look up Google’s explanation of Anemia and I’m sure that should scare some sense into folks versus worrying about a little fat. In any case consult a doctor.

  5. Chris Thompson September 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    Jay – great point about anemia as a risk, and the body’s need for fat. Absolutely true. If you consume too many empty calories, you will not be hungry for food with real nutrients such as Iron (to prevent anemia). If you don’t get enough fat then your body can’t produce essential enzymes. Fat is NOT the enemy. Nuts are also a great source of quality fats. Crappy calories are the enemy. Thanks for contributing, Jay!

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