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Offline CareDC

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Limit juice to once a day for overall health
« on: March 14, 2009, 04:52:49 PM »
QI keep hearing that kids shouldn't drink too much juice. My kids love it and I only serve 100 per cent fruit juice. Isn't drinking juice a great way for my kids to get another serving of fruits and vegetables?

A Drinking fruit juice is a great way for your kids to get a serving of fruit or vegetables. The Canada Food Guide recommends that kids aged two and up get between four and eight servings of fruit and vegetables per day, depending on their age and sex.

Eating the whole fruit or vegetable is the preferred way, since juice is less filling and has less fibre. Also, some of the nutrient value may be lost during the juice-making process. When giving juice, keep in mind that Health Canada considers a serving to be four ounces. That is only half a cup, which isn't much considering that a juice box contains about six ounces -- already a serving and a half.

There are a few other issues with juices. Often, they have added sugar or the dreaded super-sweet high fructose corn syrup added. These are usually labelled as fruit drinks, beverages or punches. Children naturally prefer sweet things, so most love the taste and drink as much as they can get their hands on.

These kids tend to "hate water" and may even avoid milk according to their parents. Over time, they move from juice to soda pop and "slurpies." And before you know it, they have a mouth full of cavities and perhaps even a weight problem.

One of the benefits of juice is that it can help to keep young children's bowel movements regular. Too much of a good thing, however, can lead to very loose stools and the so-called toddler's diarrhea. One more reason to limit juice intake.

Dentists tend to recommend limiting intake of fruit juice, too. Juices can be very acidic, not to mention the fructose (natural fruit sugar) content. Even 100 per cent fruit juice can wreak havoc on the teeth over time.

Also, it's important for children to avoid unpasteurized fruit juices as these can be a source of harmful bacteria.

Try to only give juice once a day, and give your child a few sips of water afterward to rinse her mouth. Diluting fruit juice and offering it throughout the day only serves to feed the plaque-forming bacteria continuously.

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Re: Limit juice to once a day for overall health
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009, 12:50:06 PM »
In most daycares they serve water or milk..they leave the juice intake for home.

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Re: Limit juice to once a day for overall health
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009, 04:33:43 PM »
The daycare my child attends gives the children an option at breakfast of either milk or juice.  Lunch is served with milk and afternoon snack alternates between milk and juice. 

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Re: Limit juice to once a day for overall health
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009, 08:21:30 AM »
Maybe their kitchen staff hasnt revised their menu for a while and hasnt had a nutritionist approve their menu yet? I would have to think that they would have received this I did, and the old daycare i worked for had changed their menu..but perhaps your centre hasn't made the changes yet - or - maybe they have no intentions to change it..
although as a parent you could (if you had wanted to) mention this fact to them and provide them a print out of info..more info can be found on nutrition websites and maybe even your local health unit site.

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Re: Limit juice to once a day for overall health
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2009, 08:28:08 AM »
Juice: How much is good for your child?

How much juice does your child drink?

If your child is 7 to 12 months old, they should have no more than 4 oz. (1/2 cup) diluted fruit juice per day served in a cup!

If your child is 1 to 6 years of age, they should limit fruit juice to 4-6 oz. (1/2-3/4 cup) per day.

If your child is 7-18 years of age, fruit juice intake should be between 8-12 oz. (1-1 cups) per day.

Most children LOVE fruit juice. While juice is more nutritious than fruit drinks and soft drinks, your child CAN get TOO MUCH!

What's wrong with too much juice?

Too much fruit juice can be too filling and not leave room for other healthy foods. Too much juice can also cause tooth decay and diarrhea.

Did you know kids are drinking more fruit juice, fruit drinks and pop? These drinks are replacing milk. This can be a big problem! Milk has calcium and vitamin D for strong and healthy bone growth.

Some do's and don'ts:

DO give juice to your child at set times during the day. Try diluting it+.
DO offer small servings of juice (1/4-3/4 cup) to your child.
DO give juice in a cup and consider offering whole fruits more often.
DO NOT have juice available all day long. Offer water or milk instead.
DO NOT give juice to infants under 7 months of age.
DO NOT give juice in a bottle.
Are some juices better than others?

The best way to know which juices are good for your child is to know how to READ THE LABELS ON THE BOX!

Look for words like "100% Unsweetened Fruit Juice" and "100% Pure Fruit Juice, No Sugar Added" on the label of the juice you buy!
Which juices have little or no real fruit juice in them? Ones that are called a BEVERAGE, DRINK, ADE or PUNCH!
On the ingredient list look for words like SUGAR or GLUCOSE as the first ingredient listed! If it does, it is probably not the best one to buy!
Some juices have calcium added to them. Your child can get calcium from cows milk. Choose milk more often because it has important things like Vitamin D which helps their bones grow!
Juice labels usually have pictures of fruit or have fruity names on the box! This does not always mean that the juice is packed with fruit! Read the ingredient list.
Some helpful tips!

Give your child water or milk instead of juice when he is thirsty!
Give your child her own small water bottle filled with water. She can sip on it during the day!
Offer more whole fruits to your child instead of juice. Choose fruits like apples, oranges, bananas or pears!
For more information call a Public Health Dietitian at the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 663-5317


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