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Frequently Asked Questions



What are some recipes that use juice?

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What nutrients does juice provide?

Small amounts of juice can be good for you because it has vitamin C. Vitamin C is necessary to create collagen, a protein that is essential for skin, cartilage, bones, muscle and blood vessels. It also helps fight infection, may help to decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease and helps your body to absorb iron.

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How much juice should your baby drink each day?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies do not need any juice until they are one year old because breastmilk or formula has all the vitamin C they need for the first year of life.

Once your baby is able to drink from a small cup, he can have 2-3 ounces per day.

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What is the best way to introduce juice to your baby?

Once your baby is able to use a cup pretty well (6 months or older), you can choose to give her 2-3 ounces daily. Put juice in a cup.

NOTE: Juice in a bottle may provide too much juice to your baby. Too much juice has been shown to cause diarrhea and may make her too full to eat other foods.

Use a cup without a lid. Cups with lids:

  • Can make is hard for you to tell how much juice your baby may be drinking.
  • Can cause tooth decay.
  • May slow down speech development.

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How much juice should your child drink each day?

1-5 year old children can drink 4-6 ounces per day (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics).

Tip! Whole fruits and vegetables are better choices than juice.

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Can too much juice cause problems for your child or baby?

Juice has a lot of natural sugars that may be hard to digest. Drinking too much juice can cause:

  • Bloating
  • Stomach aches
  • Diarrhea

Babies or children who sip on juice constantly throughout the day are at risk for tooth decay and dental caries from the steady wash of juice over their teeth.

Also, children who drink too much juice may not be hungry for other foods or gain too much weight. Babies who drink too much juice may not drink enough breastmilk or formula, which has all the nutrients they need to grow well.

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How can I get my child to drink less juice and more water?

Offer water between meals and when your child is thirsty.

  • Keep a bottle or pitcher of tap water in the fridge to keep it cool and refreshing.
  • Serve water in a child's favorite cup with a straw or in a sports bottle.
  • Set a good example and drink water. Your child will want what he sees you drink!

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Is calcium-fortified juice a good source of calcium?

A cup of calcium-fortified juice has as much calcium in it as one cup of milk. Look for calcium-fortified juice with Vitamin D, which is needed for your body to use calcium.

Tip! Buy calcium-fortified juice if you want to supplement the amount of calcium you are already getting from dairy foods.

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